Planning for a Hot War in the Cold War

Dan served in the War Plans office of the US Army VII Corps working on counterattack plans and reorganisation of the US Army’s General Defence Plan.

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Dan served in the War Plans office of the US Army VII Corps working on counterattack plans and reorganization of the US Army’s General Defence Plan.

He describes the debriefing of a Polish Special Forces operator who had defected to the West and who revealed surprising knowledge of US plans and order of battle.

Dan also details his experiences on the Able Archer 83 exercise and his views about how dangerous that was.

In addition to his work in the War Plans office, we discuss terror attacks on the US Army in West Germany including the bombing of the LaBelle disco in West Berlin where 2 US soldiers and one Turkish woman were killed and 79 wounded.

The terrorist threat to US Forces was significant and this is highlighted by the attempted assassination of General Kroesen commander of United States Army Europe by the Red Army Faction aka The Baader-Meinhof Group. Dan describes his own experiences in the immediate aftermath of the attack., including the issuing of live ammunition to US Forces in the field.

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Cold War Conversations, US Army 7Th Corps, War Plans Office, Polish Special Forces Defector, Able Archer 83, Nuclear Weapons, La Belle Disco Bombing, Red Army Faction, General Kroesen Assassination Attempt, Soviet Military Liaison Mission (Smlm), Reforger Exercises, General Defense Plan, Soviet Union First Strike Paranoia, Terror Attacks On Us Forces, Airland Battle Doctrine, Tactical Nuclear Weapons, East German Army Doctrine, Military Liaison Missions, Nato-Warsaw Pact Relations, Berlin Wall Fall