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.

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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.

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

 

31 – The Korean War in Britain

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Welcome to Episode 31 of Cold War Conversations.

We speak with Doctor Grace Huxford, author of the Korean War in Britain – Citizenship, Selfhood and Forgetting. Grace’s book  is available on this link with a 50% discount using discount code PODCAST before 16th Nov 2018.

The Korean War was known as the “forgotten war”, but it is key in understanding the early Cold War tensions and later repercussions that continue through to today.

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.

The subjects we cover include the social impact of the Korean War within Britain, the UK view of the war, prisoners of war and brainwashing as well as protests against the war.

We welcome Dr Grace Huxford.

Video

Korean War BBC documentary film

Korean War: Operation Big Switch POW Exchange

Fawlty Towers excerpt

The Nation – Start a War

Michael Caine talks about his Korean War experience

 

Audio

Audio interview with Andrew Condron – the only British POW to stay in Korea

Books

Grace’s book – The Korean War in Britain – use discount code PODCAST before 16th Nov 2018. For 50% discount

National Service – Richard Vinen

Fight or Flight – Martin Thomas

22 stayed by Virginia Pasley

British Official History of the Korean War

Korea: The War before Vietnam Hardcover by Callum A. MacDonald

British Prisoners of the Korean War Hardcover by S P MacKenzie

Name, Rank, and Serial Number: Exploiting Korean War POWs at Home and Abroad by Charles S. Young

Thinking soldiers  – Grace’s treasured book

Museums

National Army Museum

Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

10 Famous Korean War Veterans

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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 12 – “My Stasi file is as thick as a phone book”

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Welcome to Episode 12 of Cold War Conversations.

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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Film

B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin (1979-1989) – Official Trailer

Books

Once Upon a Time in the East.

Music

Mark’s latest album Mauerstadt

Videos

Jessica – the East German band Mark discovered appearing on British TV

Mark’s band Shark Vegas almost causing an international incident on Glienicke Bridge

Mark’s film about life & music in 1980s West Berlin – B Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin (1979-1989) – Official Trailer

Punk, priest, Stasi, spy: Meet the man who smuggled punk into East Berlin – Article about Mark Reeder

2014 Video interview with Mark

1994  video interview with Mark – Part 1 of 3

1994  video interview with Mark – Part 2 of 3

1994  video interview with Mark – Part 3 of 3

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

Episode 10 – 1960s School Road Trip across the Soviet Union

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Welcome to Episode 10 of Cold War Conversations.

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.

Trip Photos

More photos here on this link

Films

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

The Manchurian Candidate

Bridge of Spies

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy BBC version

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb – Trailer

Battleship Potemkin – The Odessa steps sequence

Music

Beatles

Rolling Stones

Jefferson Airplane

Grateful Dead

If you could invite three personalities from the cold war period to have a few pints with, who would they be?

Alexander Kerensky  – Leader of the Provisional Government after the Russian Revolution

Mikhail Gorbachev – Last leader of the Soviet Union

Ronald Reagan – President of the United States