Cold War Berlin and Signals Intelligence


Welcome to Episode 2 of Cold War Conversations where we start with a fascinating eyewitness account of Berlin during the Cold War.

Michael  lived in Berlin as a child of US Airforce personnel in the 1960s and 70s and then subsequently joined the US Airforce himself and worked in Signals Intelligence during the 1980s.

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In a wide ranging chat, we talked about life for American families and their kids in Berlin during 1960s and 70s as well as his time in signals intelligence in Berlin in the 1980s. We also talked about the Stasi spy in Michael’s unit, Kennedy’s visit to Berlin, Baader Meinhof attacks on US Forces, and much more.

Our guest’s unit was described by the Commander in Chief US Airforce Europe as “his eyes and ears to the East.”

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Episode Extras

Episode about Steinstucken

Berlin Battle damage 

Links to videos 

Documentary on Stasi Spy Jeffrey Carney

Video of the remains of Marienfelde Monitoring Post

Berlin Enclaves

Reagan at Checkpoint Charlie 1982

Berlin Historical Maps

Game Set and Match – Len Deighton novels

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