1983 – the year the Cold War almost turned hot

This week is the 40th anniversary of the Able Archer NATO Exercise where it is reckoned that the Soviet Union and NATO almost triggered a nuclear war.

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An investigation by the US President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, culminating in its highly secret 1990 report “The Soviet ‘War Scare’” The detailed PFIAB report concluded that the U.S. “may have inadvertently placed our relations with the Soviet Union on a hair trigger”

This episode is an audio version of the talk I delivered to the Manchester Military History Society in October 2023.

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Able Archer 83: The Secret History of the NATO Exercise That Almost Triggered Nuclear War

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