Nuclear War in the UK (112)

  For almost five decades, the United Kingdom made plans for a nuclear attack that never came. To help their citizens, civil servants and armed forces prepared those in power a variety of booklets, posters, and how-to guides.  Taras Young is a researcher & writer who has produced a book, “Nuclear War in the UK”,  … Read more

Dr Strangelove film Screening in a Nuclear Bunker (110)

  Today is a very short bonus episode I recorded at the weekend while at a film showing of Dr Strangelove in a former UK Regional Seat of Government Bunker in Cheshire… The Hack Green Bunker is my local Cold War museum and a kind financial supporter of the podcast too so if you are … Read more

Assigned to a Government Nuclear Bunker (107)

  Regional seats of government or RSGs were a UK solution to disperse the machinery of government into the provinces, where there would be a greater chance of survival after a nuclear attack. Today we speak to Andrew who was assigned a role in an RSG and details his experiences on a week long training … Read more

51 – The Blood Tattoo

  Today’s episode is a bonus episode celebrating our 50th episode which came out on 23rd Feb 2019.  I honestly never thought we’d get this far, but it’s thanks to you the listener.  Your feedback and kind comments keep me going and I am delighted we appear to be keeping your interest after almost a … Read more

30 – Visit to a UK nuclear monitoring post

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 … Read more

24 – West German Nuclear Monitoring System

  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 … Read more

Episode 11 – Observing Armageddon

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 … Read more