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Award-winning real stories of the Cold War told by those that were there. Every week we interview an eyewitness of the Cold War. Across soldiers, spies, civilians, and others, we aim to cover the whole gamut of the Cold War experience. Hosts Ian Sanders, James Chilcott and Peter Ryan bring your ears into the heart of the Cold War. Reading a history book is one thing, but hearing a human voice, with every breath, hesitation and intonation brings a whole new dimension to understanding what it was like to be there.

Cold War Conversations Ian Sanders

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Award-winning real stories of the Cold War told by those that were there. Every week we interview an eyewitness of the Cold War. Across soldiers, spies, civilians, and others, we aim to cover the whole gamut of the Cold War experience. Hosts Ian Sanders, James Chilcott and Peter Ryan bring your ears into the heart of the Cold War. Reading a history book is one thing, but hearing a human voice, with every breath, hesitation and intonation brings a whole new dimension to understanding what it was like to be there.

    Guarding Rudolf Hess, Hitler's Deputy Führer (262)

    Guarding Rudolf Hess, Hitler's Deputy Führer (262)

    Dave Phillips is a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London. The Yeoman Warders have been guarding the Tower since Tudor times. 


    Dave joined the British Army aged 16 into the Royal Irish Rangers. We hear of his early years in the Army in Northern Ireland and his posting to West Berlin.


    In West Berlin Dave is part of the force that guarded Rudolf Hess, a leading member of the Nazi Party in Nazi Germany and appointed Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler in 1933. 


    On 10 May 1941, Hess made a solo flight to Scotland, where he hoped to arrange peace talks with the British. He was arrested and stood trial at the 1946 Nuremberg trials of major war criminals. The court convicted him of crimes against peace and of conspiracy with other German leaders to commit crimes and was given a life sentence in Berlin’s Spandau Prison.


     Dave describes interactions with Hess, as well as the guard duties and operation of the prison. 


    Cold War history is disappearing; however, a simple monthly donation will keep this podcast on the air. You’ll become part of our community and get a sought-after CWC coaster as a thank you and bask in the warm glow of knowing you are helping preserve Cold War history. 


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    Episode videos and photos here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode262/
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    • 55 min
    The building of the Berlin Wall (263)

    The building of the Berlin Wall (263)

    From the moment East Germany was formed in 1949, many of its citizens chose to leave to start a new life in the West. By the mid-1950s, the trickle had turned into a flood as large numbers rejected Walter Ulbricht’s Communist paradise. His ‘Workers’ & Peasants’ State’ could not afford to lose the skills and productivity of these key workers, so he proposed a radical solution - to physically fence in the whole population. 
    I speak with Andrew Long, the author of a series of books about Cold War Berlin as we explore the background and build-up to the building of the Berlin Wall, from the closing of the Inner German border to the momentous events of August 1961.


    We examine in detail how Operation Rose, the operation to close the border between East and West Berlin, was planned and executed and look at how the West reacted.

    BOOK GIVEAWAY detail here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode263/

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    Cold War history is disappearing; however, a simple monthly donation will keep this podcast on the air. You’ll become part of our community and get a sought-after CWC coaster as a thank you and you’ll bask in the warm glow of knowing you are helping to preserve Cold War history. 

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    • 1 tim. 13 min
    From Cold War military drone development, to the deployment and command of the nuclear armed Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCM) in Europe (261)

    From Cold War military drone development, to the deployment and command of the nuclear armed Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCM) in Europe (261)

    We continue the story of Richard Stachurski from the previous episode.  Part 1 is here  https://coldwarconversations.com/episode260


    In 1971 Richard left NASA and was assigned to the Drone/Remotely Piloted Vehicle Systems Program Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. 


    From 1975-1978 Richard did a tour of duty with the Air Staff at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and between 1978-1981: he was Deputy Program Manager, Ground Launched Cruise Missile Program (GLCM) System Program Office-engaged in the adaptation of the Navy’s SLCM for use by the Air Force. 


    In 1981 he was assigned to the staff at USAFE Headquarters (Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany) responsible for the deployment of the GLCM to five European countries (England, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy). 


    Richard was then promoted in 1984 to Vice Commander, Commander, 487th Tactical Missile Wing, Comiso Air Station, Sicily where he was responsible for the missile wing's operational readiness, and his troops' welfare.


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    Episode notes and videos here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode261


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    • 54 min
    Nuclear missile launch control and Mission Control for the NASA Apollo Moon Missions (260)

    Nuclear missile launch control and Mission Control for the NASA Apollo Moon Missions (260)

    Richard Stachurski joined the  US Air Force in 1962, on the cusp of the Cuban Missile Crisis as a security police officer guarding nuclear-armed B-58 Hustler bombers.


    Within two years he volunteered for the Minuteman nuclear missile program where he served as a Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander with the 68th Strategic Missile Squadron at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. Richard was the junior officer on a two-man crew in a launch control capsule buried beneath the South Dakota prairie who was charged with monitoring the status and launching if necessary ten Minuteman ICBMs. 


    In 1965 he was selected as one of 128 Air Force officers to be loaned to NASA to support the activation and operation of the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. He worked his way up to being a Network Controller, who sat two consoles to the right of the Flight Director in the Mission Operations Control Room. He was responsible for all the ground systems that supported an Apollo mission and was selected as the lead Network Controller on Apollo 11 working on both the launch from Earth and the first-ever launch from the lunar surface.


     Cold War history is disappearing; however, a simple monthly donation will keep this podcast on the air. You’ll become part of our community and get a sought after CWC coaster as a thank you and you’ll bask in the warm glow of knowing you are helping to preserve Cold War history.  One-off donations are also welcome.


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    Episode notes , inc photos and video here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode260/
    Get a 15% discount off all of Helion's Europe@War titles between Saturday 26th-30th Nov 2022 using promo code COLDWAR15. Visit Helion.co.uk here.  
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    • 52 min
    Britain's 1980s Cold War Dads Army/Home Guard - The Home Service Force

    Britain's 1980s Cold War Dads Army/Home Guard - The Home Service Force

    The Home Service Force or HSF was UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Cold War version of the World War 2 Home Guard. 

    An almost forgotten unit, the  HSF was established in 1982 and recruited from ex-regular Army, ex-territorial and ex-uniformed service personnel aged up to 60 years old. Its mission was to guard key points in the UK as the perceived threat from Warsaw Pact special forces increased towards the end of the Cold War.


    I speak with Richard Coles, who served as an officer in the HSF Company of The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC). He tells of the setup of the unit, the incredible characters he served with and details some of the exercises that he participated in.   

    The Cold War Conversation continues in our Facebook discussion group and on Twitter https://twitter.com/ColdWarPod

    Cold War history is disappearing; however, a simple monthly donation will keep this podcast on the air. You’ll become part of our community and get a sought-after CWC coaster as a thank you and bask in the warm glow of knowing you are helping preserve Cold War history. 

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    I am delighted to welcome Richard Coles to our Cold War conversation…
    Episode notes here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode259
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    • 55 min
    An aircraft hijack to escape from the Soviet Union (258)

    An aircraft hijack to escape from the Soviet Union (258)

    Back in the 1970s, migrating from the Soviet Union was an unattainable dream for many, particularly Jews wanting to leave for Israel. To leave the Soviet Union for another country, it was necessary to obtain exit visas. In practice, many people found them impossible to get. 


    On the morning of June 15, 1970, 16 Soviet Jews who had been refused exit visas appeared at  Smolny Airport near Leningrad to hijack a plane. They posed as a group going to a wedding — hence the name of the operation.


    The plan devised a year before the attempted hijacking, was quite straightforward. The hijackers would target a small aeroplane and book all the seats on it. They would commandeer the aircraft and leave the pilots unharmed on the landing strip, while one of the conspirators would take control of the aeroplane and fly it to Sweden.


    I speak with filmmaker Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov whose film “Operation Wedding” reveals the compelling story of her parents, the leaders of the group. 


    Cold War history is disappearing; however, a simple monthly donation will keep this podcast on the air. You’ll become part of our community and get a sought after CWC coaster as a thank you and you’ll bask in the warm glow of knowing you are helping to preserve Cold War history.  One-off donations are also welcome.
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    I am delighted to welcome Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov  to our Cold War conversation…
    Episode notes and full film here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode258/
     
    Get a 15% discount off all of Helion's Europe@War titles between Saturday 26th-30th Nov 2022 using promo code COLDWAR15. Visit Helion.co.uk here.  
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    • 44 min

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Martin Taesler ,

Allows the long answer!

This is one of the best podcasts out there. A wide variety of subjects, big and small, but always with the time allowed for the somewhat personal questions and the long answers. I love to hear the expert pause to remember or catch a breath after telling the story of some gruesome event in a submarine. Thanks so much for daring to tell history slowly. And without too much fanfare!

Stuartywatp ,

Fantastic!

Great insight into the Cold War from all sides m. Highly recommended. Some really cool/funny/sad stories. 5star pod.

Mortificating ,

Interesting and addictive

I place cold war conversations on top of my podcast list together with Hardcore history. The author make a fantastic work.

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