Today we speak again with Eileen Ford-Price who was an English teacher in East Berlin in the GDR in the 1980s.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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…
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.
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.
Today’s guest is someone I’ve been trying to speak to for some time as his story is a particularly fascinating one.
We’re chatting with Mark Reeder a musician and music producer who has been involved in the Berlin and international music scene since 1978, starting as Factory Records German representative from 1978-1983.
Through contacts in the GDR he put on several secret punk gigs behind the Iron Curtain and his Stasi file is described as “as thick as a phone book”. He is however, denied access to the full file as it remains in the possession of the German Federal Intelligence Service…
He is also the founder and owner of the first East German electronic dance music label Masterminded For Success “MFS” which he started in 1990, after being the only and last Westerner to make an album in communist East Germany which was “Torture” by Die Vision in 1989.
His is a very interesting and unusual account with some great stories including how he smuggled a Volksarmee uniform across the Berlin Wall and the unusual currency needed to get your phone fixed.
We join our conversation as Mark describes how he took the popular UK TV show “The Tube” around Berlin.
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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.
Today we’re moving away from the GDR and Czechoslovakia to the Soviet Union.
Jeremy Poynton was a 16 year old school boy in 1968 when he embarked on a memorable trip by road from Leningrad to Odessa.
He vividly describes a Soviet Union still struggling with poverty and a diverse range of peoples from city dwellers to remote Chechen villagers.
It’s a unique story as Jeremy details his experiences and the sights of a 1960s Soviet Union just as the Prague Spring was being suppressed
I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did, we welcome Jeremy Poynton.
And finally, risking the wrath of the police, a murky photo of our Morris Minor, taken from the Dormobile as we were being arrested and take to the local cop show for crimes against the Five Year Plan (diverting without permission up into Chechnya!). pic.twitter.com/RhhNrsvKa1
Red Square, with its huge queue to see Lenin. I didn't go and check him out, even though, as in other such places, as soon as people realised were were foreigners, you got ushered to the front of the queue. pic.twitter.com/gNfSXGnCa2