Recording the stories of the Cold War before they are lost...
Sue Boyd - Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in East Berlin (151)
Sue Boyd was posted to be Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in East Berlin in 1976 and tells of her work, friendships and life as a single woman in the diplomatic community of 1970s East Berlin.
Cold War Royal Navy submarine missions (150)
Today we speak with Ian Ballantyne, the author of “Hunter Killers”, also known as “Undersea Warriors” in the United States. Hunter Killers’ tells the incredible, true inside story of the Royal Navy’s Cold War beneath the waves.
Détente – the chance to end the Cold War (149)
Between 1968 and 1975, there was a subtle thawing of relations between East and West, for which Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev coined the name Détente.
Guy Burgess and the Cambridge Spy Ring (148)
Guy Burgess was the most important, complex, and fascinating of The Cambridge Spies, brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union.
A Childhood under the eye of the Secret Police (147)
At 2 a.m. on 10 March 1983, 12 year old Carmen Bugan was home alone after her father had for Bucharest. That afternoon, Carmen returned from school to find secret police in her living room. Her father’s protest against the regime had changed her life for ever. This is her story.
Don - 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fulda (146)
From 1974 to 1986 Don served in a number of roles but most noticeably he was assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fulda, one of the locations where it was assumed that Warsaw Pact units would attack through.
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Really enjoyed the submarine episode, looking forward to the rest!
A great repository!
A top notch listen. I grew up during the 80’s and so didn’t really appreciate the complexities of the political situation of the time, I did for some reason have GDR flag in my room as a child, no idea where it came from or how it ended up in South West Wales, it was just useful for keeping the sunlight out. Through out the years as I’ve grown older and learnt more about the GDR I’ve sought out more and more info on the Cold War. This podcast is a great repository of knowledge for a period of history that is now starting to get more distant by the day. Whilst I’m very interested in military history it’s the stories of ordinary people and their lived experiences outside of the usual tanks and planes that really help flesh out the story of the Cold War. Thank you for helping preserve the stories of this period and your book recommendations mean my shelves are begin to buckle!
An important archive
It has taken me nearly six months but having finished episode 149 this morning I have finally got up to date with this fantastic series of interviews with those involved with or an interest in the Cold War. I started with the intention of cherry-picking the episodes which I thought best matched my interests but soon got hooked on the whole topic.
What Ian has created is a superb archive covering an important period in our history. Well done and thank you.
I’m now looking forward to episode 150 and beyond!