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

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.

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 use the Patreon link our home page or for one off donations via  Paypal at paypal.me/coldwarconversations.

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

Web sites

Mirko’s Bunker 

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19 – Able Archer & the War Scare of 1983

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Welcome to episode 19 of Cold War Conversations

Today we’re talking to Francesca Akhtar who holds a  BA Hons in American Studies with 1st class honours  from Canterbury Christ Christ Church University in Kent, and a Masters degree in US history & Politics from the Institute of the Americas, University College London.

Her main research interests are US Cold War foreign policy, intelligence history and defence. Francesca has written a dissertation entitled  “The most dangerous Soviet-American confrontation since the Cuban Missile Crisis?” An analysis of the origins, nature and impact of the Able Archer 83 incident .

I am delighted to welcome Francesca Akhtar to Cold War Conversations.

Books

1983: The World at the Brink

The Brink: President Reagan and the war scare of 1983

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

Reagan by Iwan Morgan

Reagan Reversal by Beth Fisher

Video

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

Favourite Cold War Era Films

View to a Kill Film trailer

View to Kill – Duran Duran

Wargames – film trailer

Moonraker – film trailer

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18 – Greenham Common – an iconic British nuclear airbase

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Album greenhamWelcome to episode 18 of Cold War Conversations

RAF Greenham Common opened in 1942 and was used by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War and the United States Air Force during the Cold War.

The airfield is probably best known, certainly in the UK,  for the controversial deployment of Ground Launched Cruise Missiles in the 1980s and the resulting Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp outside its gates.

Today’s guest is is a graduate in international relations, the author of “In Defence of Freedom; a History of RAF Greenham Common” and is also a Director of Greenham Control Tower Ltd.

I am delighted to welcome Jonathan Sayers.

Websites

Jonathan’s site covering the history of Greenham Common

Jonathan’s book detailing the history of the base.

The Greenham Cold War Experience

Greenham Common Control Tower preservation group

Website of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp

Videos

Video about the GLCM deployment

501st Tactical Missile Wing Parade of vehicles

Greenham Common; The Other Side of the Fence (documentary 1994) Part 1:

Greenham Common; The Other Side of the Fence (documentary 1994) Part 2:

Video about the peace protests at the base.

Books

Jonathan’s book detailing the history of the base.

Favourite Cold War Film

By Dawn’s Early light 

Cold War Music

99 Red Balloons

Depeche Mode – And then

Who would you like to meet from the Cold War?

President Bush Senior, General Eisenhower, Uk Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Henry Kissinger

Social Media Profiles 

Jonathan’s Twitter account

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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