34 – Samy – The Life of a West Berliner

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Welcome to Episode 34 of Cold War Conversations – I do hope you are enjoying the content.

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Today ee talk with Samy who as a native West Berliner describes growing up in the city during the 1970s and 80s.


He describes in detail the difference between West Berlin and West Germany, including its position as a “special political entity”, how the death penalty in West Berlin was only abolished in 1989 and how as a child he was obsessed with Spy movies, spy books, and Cold War activities.

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Ok so back to today’s episode – Samy also talks about the battle between the East and West German Sandmännchen resulting in victory for the East.


Samy joined the Red Cross post Cold War but discovered some interesting remnants of preparedness in case of another Berlin blockade including some top secret locations.


I’m sure you will enjoy his account and I am delighted to welcome Samy to Cold War Conversations.

Samy’s recommended Films for a taste of West & East Berlin.
 

 

 

 
 
West Music:
 
 
 
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In 1988, a group of young people occupy the Lenné Triangle, a plot of land that lies right by the Wall, in an attempt to stop a motorway being built there. Although the site is in West Berlin, it is actually the property of East Berlin. The occupation makes a tourist attraction of what was once just a wasteland.

Not long after the young people arrive, the Lenné Triangle is handed back to the West and several hundred police officers begin clearing the site. They fire teargas and use water cannons, and the squatters retaliate by throwing paving stones. A lot of the protestors manage to flee across the Wall to East Berlin, where they are given breakfast and later allowed to take the U-Bahn back to the West.

 

 

 

33 – Eileen – A British teacher living & working in East Berlin

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Today we speak again with Eileen Ford-Price who was an English teacher in East Berlin  in the GDR in the 1980s.

Before we start I’d also like to thank out latest reviewer in Itunes Andrew Cairnes for his five star review. Please do add reviews to your podcast providers site, it helps to spread the word.

Now back to today’s episode. Eileen shares some great details with us of working in East Berlin, with some surprising details. Eileen also generously reveals details about the contents of her Stasi file.


It’s a fascinating story that includes Eileen’s escape from the Volkspolizei following a Billy Bragg gig in East Berlin.  We welcome again Eileen Ford-Price.

Links

Hotel Neptune – Warnemunde

Foto zu Bistro Neptun's M - Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Deutschland. Vitamin - Orangen - Eisschale mit Krokant und Vita-Soße
Vitamin-Orangen-Eisschale

Billy Bragg Concert in East Berlin.

 

Attila The Stockbroker – Echoes Of Rhodesia (live at Liedersommer Berlin DDR)

 

32 – Eileen – A British Student Living in the GDR

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Today we speak with Eileen Ford-Price who was British student in the GDR in the 1980s in Rostock.


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Now back to today’s episode. Eileen shares some great details with us including her reasons for being a student in the GDR. Her first journey across the border and what life was like in 1980s Rostock as a foreign student.


It’s a fascinating story that includes the Stasi’s attempt to recruit her as an informer on her fellow students.


We welcome Eileen Ford-Price

Images provided By Eileen of her time in Rostock

 

A Visit to Rostock – DDR  TV programme teaching english.

Rostock in the 1970s & 80s

 

Fidel Castro in Rostock in the 1970s

 

A Danish school visit to Rostock in 1976

 

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.

If you would like to support the podcast further and get access to some 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. 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

28 – USAF pilot Buz Carpenter talks Vietnam recon, Skunkworks and more

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Welcome to Episode 28 of Cold war conversations in partnership with the Cold War Museum . Today we are talking further with USAF pilot Buz Carpenter.

We talk about about flying reconnaissance over Vietnam, the Skunkworks where secret USAF projects were developed, his time commanding Ramstein airbase at the end of the Cold War and more.

Thanks to all those who are supporting the podcast with monthly pledges and donation. It is much appreciated and will allow us to expand the scope of the podcast.

If you donate more than $5 a month you get extras from the cutting room floor and this week’s episodes extra is a great anecdote from Buz where he describes an encounter with Jimmy Doolittle who was awarded the Medal of Honor for personal valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid, a bold long-range retaliatory air raid during World War 2 on the Japanese main islands four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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.

Back to todays episode…as he continues his story of his time in Vietnam, his work in the Pentagon and when he served as Wing commander at Ramstein Air Base.
We welcome Buz Carpenter

Books

Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy: 1945-1975

Video

Skunkworks

F-4 Phantom Pilots Vietnam

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27 – Flying the SR-71 Spy Plane

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Welcome to Episode 27 of Cold war conversations.

Today we are talking about the SR71 Blackbird spy plane of which only 32 were ever made.

The great defensive ability of the plane was its high speed and altitude. Standard evasive action was just to accelerate, which made it almost invulnerable to the attack technologies of the time. The top speed of the plane was mach 3.3 (2,200 miles/hour that’s 36 miles/minute).

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Back to todays episode…our guest knows a bit about the SR71…

Buz Carpenter accrued 777 hours flying SR-71 planes. He flew Blackbirds as an aircraft commander and later as an instructor pilot, with over 60 operational missions. He also flew in the C-141, RF-4C, and T-38 planes, flying 150 combat hours in Vietnam. He worked in the Pentagon and served as Wing commander at Ramstein Air Base in German during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

He retired as a Colonel after serving as the 2nd Air Force Vice Commander, responsible for all the USAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance flying assets. He is currently a docent for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, Udvar Hazy Center.

We welcome Buz Carpenter to Cold War Conversations.

Books

Sr-71 Blackbird: Stories, Tales and Legends

The Complete Book of the SR-71 Blackbird/The Illustrated Profile of Every Aircraft, Crew, and Breakthrough of the World’s Fastest Stealth Jet

Video

Tour of the SR71 with Buz Carpenter

More from Col Buz Carpenter and the SR-71 Blackbird

Best Documentary 2016 First Stealth Blackbird SR 71 | History Documentary HD 1080p

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26 – Professor Sergei Khrushchev Interview – Part 2

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Welcome to episode 26 of Cold War Conversations in partnership with The Cold War Museum

This is part 2 of my conversation with Professor Sergei Khrushchev the son of Nikita Khrushchev who led the Soviet Union 1953 to 1964.

Before we start I would again like to thank all those who are supporting the podcast with monthly pledges and donations.

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

In part 2 of this interview we gain insight into Soviet thinking around the Cuban Missile Crisis, we hear about the Soviet view of the building of the Berlin Wall along with the 1961 Berlin Crisis and his father’s fall from power.

If you are a member of our Cold War Conversations facebook discussion group you would have had the opportunity to provide questions for Professor Khrushchev – I’ve tried to include as many as I can, but apologies in advance if your questions didn’t make the final cut.

I only had limited time with Professor Khruschchev, however, as you heard he’s keen to talk further.  However if you can’t wait or want to learn more his book is well worth a read and does give more detail into his father’s life. Don’t be daunted by the size of it at 750 pages.

The book is available on the link below.

Books

Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower

Videos

Khrushchev Denounces “Dictator” Stalin (1956)

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev Visit To America

An Evening with Sergei Khrushchev

For more information on the Cold War Museum use these links

The Cold War Museum Web site

The Cold War Museum on Facebook

25- Professor Sergei Khrushchev Interview – Part 1

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Welcome to episode 25 of Cold War Conversations in partnership with The Cold War Museum

Now it’s not every day that I get to speak the son of a Soviet Premier on the podcast, but today I’m delighted to speak with Professor Sergei Khrushchev the son of Nikita Khrushchev who led the Soviet Union as the First Secretary of the Communist Party from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964.

In part 1 of this interview we talk about Professor Khrushchev’s early years, his relationship with his father, his father’s rise to power, the 1956 Hungarian Uprising as well the first international visits accompanying his father to the UK, East Germany and the USA.

If you are a member of the Cold War Conversations facebook discussion group you would have had the opportunity to provide questions for Professor Khrushchev – I’ve tried to include as many as I can, but apologies in advance if your questions didn’t make the final cut.

Books

Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower

Videos

Khrushchev Denounces “Dictator” Stalin (1956)

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev Visit To America

An Evening with Sergei Khrushchev

For more information on the Cold War Museum use these links

The Cold War Museum Web site

The Cold War Museum on Facebook

21 – BRIXMIS, British defence of Berlin, and Rudolf Hess

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Welcome to episode 21 of Cold War Conversations

Today we’re talking to Nigel Dunkley MBE a former Royal Scots Dragoon Guard, performed intelligence gathering duties in the former East Germany with BRIXMIS during the Cold War.

BRIXMIS ( British Commanders’-in-Chief Mission to the Soviet Forces in Germany) was an intelligence organisation worked throughout the Cold War years from 1946 to 1990 gathering intelligence in the former Soviet Occupation Zone of East Germany on the threat posed to the West and NATO by the 20 Soviet and 6 East German Army Divisions and their Air Forces deployed there.

In the 1980s Nigel  also interpreted for Hitler’s Deputy Rudolf Hess in Spandau Prison, Berlin and provided some fascinating insight into character of Hitlet’s Deputy Fuhrer.

Later in his military career he was awarded the MBE and Bronze Star Medal for his services with the US 1st Cavalry Division during Operation Desert Storm. Nigel was also Chief of Staff at the Royal Armoured Corp Centre at Bovington, ending his army career as Defence Attache at the British Embassy in Berlin.

I am delighted to welcome Nigel Dunkley MBE to Cold War Conversations.

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Links

http://www.brixmis.co.uk/

Details on BRIXMIS operations in the GDR

US account of US Military Liaison Unit operations

Rudolf Hess Flight to the UK

Article on Rudolf Hess & Spandau Prison

Trip Advisor reviews of Nigel’s tours

Berlin Audio tour app Nigel has worked on

Books

Brixmis: The Untold Exploits of Britain’s Most Daring Cold War Spy Mission

BRIXMIS: The Last Cold War Mission

Video

Real footage of a BRIXMIS tour of the GDR

Trailer of film “Keep the Cold War Cold” covering the British, French and US Liaison missions

Secret Front – Cold War Documentary featuring Nigel (in German)

Secret Front – episode 2

Secret Front Episode 3

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20 – Life as a East German teenager

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Album Anke

Welcome to episode 20  of Cold War Conversations.

Today we’re talking to Anke Holst was born in the GDR during the 1970s in Rostock.

Anke has returned to Rostock after many years abroad and now provides tours of GDR sites in Rostock.

Our conversation highlights how different life was in the provinces of the GDR as opposed to Berlin.

In a wide ranging, frank and honest discussion we talk about her family life with her mother who was a stalwart Party member, Anke’s school class role as “Agitator”, her training in Marxist-Leninism,  and her weapons training  in the Ernst Thälmann Pioneer Organisation in Rostock.

Anke’s Rostock Tours facebook page 

Video

A Visit to Rostock – english language teaching film.

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