30 – Visit to a UK nuclear monitoring post

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Welcome to Cold War Conversations episode 30 which is a fascinating visit I made to the Rushton Spencer Royal Observer Corps nuclear monitoring post in Staffordshire in the UK.

The equipment used in today’s episode has kindly been provided by our supporters who make monthly donations via Patreon – a special thanks to all of them.

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Now back to today’s episode. My instructions were to meet in the Royal Oak pub car park where I would be escorted to the post…right on 11am David appeared and guided me up various little used country lanes into the hills above Rushton Spencer and onto a rutted track.

We climbed further until a small well kept compound appeared over a ridge. Welcome to the Rushton Spencer Royal Observer Corps post…

 

 

 

Visiting the Post.

If you’d like to visit Rushton Spencer, you can contact Dave Arnold  via email at  g8yqa at outlook.com

Books

Attack Warning Red – A history of the Royal Observer Corps

The Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Posts

Royal Observer Corps Films

Sound an Alarm – Part 1-6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK2l7fVyVUQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIiKI-CntiY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4hZACmaXD8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akYJTQIUFwc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0OgWrjOWaM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzidKkwNk6c

Protect & Survive – 1970’s UK Public infommercials On Nuclear War Preparation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6U9T3R3EQg&t=1978s

A public information film about joining the Royal Observer Corps from 1977

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjT_P9q_xyg

The Hole in the Ground

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEY886b1P34

A programme from 1983 featuring the Royal Observer Corps’ Dulwich Post which was situated on the Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Golf Club

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMcyogqF7lY

Forewarned is Forearmed a Royal Observer Corps film

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiepfG7IKRo

Cold war Museums

Portadown monitoring post in Northern Ireland

Cosford National Cold War Museum

RAF Museum Hendon

York ROC Group Control Bunker

Dundee ROC Group/Sector Bunker

Barnton Quarry

Other Preserved ROC Posts

Map of ROC Monitoring Posts

29 – Living History Event – The Soviet Threat

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Welcome to Cold War Conversations episode 29 which takes place at a Living History event in and around the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker museum in deepest Cheshire in the UK. I can heartily recommend visiting the Hack Green Bunker and we are planning an audio tour of the bunker as a future episode.

Today’s episode is slightly different as it was our first chance to try out our new “on the move” recording equipment which has kindly been provided by our supporters who make monthly donations via Patreon – a special thanks to all of them and we welcome our latest Patreon, Tim Price.

If you would like to support the podcast further and get access to these exclusive extras go to our web site at coldwarconversations.com and click on the “support the Podcast” menu option.

Now back to today’s episode. The Living History event at Hack Green Secret Nuclear was entitled the Soviet Threat and it aims to take you back in time, investigating what life was like either side of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War.

The event was patrolled by various re-enactors and checkpointshad to be passed as visitors are invited to venture between the two sides of the Cold War.

A large contingent from the South Staff Living History Group were there, mainly DDR themed., however, many areas were covered including RAF Moleworth Cruise Missile base, French Foreign Legion, The Royal Observer Corps, US Army Europe, 1st Gulf War, Soviet, Bundeswehr, BAOR, Polish, Czech and the Malayan Emergency.

What particularly delighted me was the number of younger people who have gained an interest in the Cold War and are part of the re-enactment community.

We join the episode shortly after I have passed the DDR checkpoint and I chat with the two DDR border guards who are now in a more amiable mood…

Links

Hack Green Nuclear Bunker

Facebook Photos of Soviet Threat event

South Staffordshire Living History Group

 

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24 – West German Nuclear Monitoring System

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Welcome to episode 24 of Cold War Conversations.

Today’s episode. We’re talking about the Cold War nuclear monitoring system in West Germany.

Todays guest is Mirko Krumm who managed the preservation of a Warning Bunker in West Germany.

West Germany had a number of Nuclear Warning Bunkers dotted around the country. Mirko describes the organisation and of these and the preservation of his bunker near Bremen.

Before we start I would again like to thank all those who are supporting the podcast with monthly pledges via Patreon. It is much appreciated and will allow us to expand the scope of the podcast.

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Back to today’s episode and a warm welcome to Mirko Krumm

Web sites

Mirko’s Bunker 

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Episode 11 – Observing Armageddon

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Welcome to Episode 11 of Cold War Conversations.

Today we’re covering a British Cold War civil defence unit called the Royal Observer Corps.

We’re talking to Alistair McCann who has preserved a Royal Observer Corps monitoring post as a museum in Northern Ireland.

We talk about the museum, the difficulties of the Northern Ireland Royal Observer Corps during “The Troubles” and what the reality would have been for these men and women should the Cold War have turned hot.

I hope you find our conversation as interesting as I did.  We welcome Alistair McCann.

Favourite Cold War Film

The Fourth Protocol

Cold War soundtrack

Silent Running Mike and the Mechanics

If you could invite three personalities from the cold war period to have a few drinks with, who would they be and what questions would you ask?

John F Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev

Books

Attack Warning Red – A history of the Royal Observer Corps

The Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Posts

Films

Threads – trailer for this drama film about a nuclear attack on the UK

The Day After – US TV drama about a nuclear attack on the US

Royal Observer Corps Films

Sound an Alarm – Part 1-6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK2l7fVyVUQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIiKI-CntiY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4hZACmaXD8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akYJTQIUFwc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0OgWrjOWaM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzidKkwNk6c

Protect & Survive – 1970’s UK Public infommercials On Nuclear War Preparation

A public information film about joining the Royal Observer Corps from 1977

The Hole in the Ground

A programme from 1983 featuring the Royal Observer Corps’ Dulwich Post which was situated on the Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Golf Club

Forewarned is Forearmed a Royal Observer Corps film

Cold war Museums

Alistair’s bunker in Northern Ireland

Cosford National Cold War Museum

RAF Museum Hendon

York ROC Group Control Bunker

Dundee ROC Group/Sector Bunker

Barnton Quarry

Other Preserved ROC Posts

Map of ROC Monitoring Posts