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Award winning real stories of the Cold War told by those that were there.

Cold War Conversations Ian Sanders

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Award winning real stories of the Cold War told by those that were there.

    Royal Military Police versus the Soviets (SOXMIS) in Cold War West Germany (241)

    Royal Military Police versus the Soviets (SOXMIS) in Cold War West Germany (241)

    Keith Bailey Joined British Army at 16 in 1973. He was recruited into the Blues and Royals, (Household Cavalry) and served in West Germany as a gunner in Chieftain tanks. 
    However, he was keen to serve in the Royal Military Police and particularly 19 (Support) Platoon known as "The White Mice". Their role was to track the SOXMIS (Soviet Military Mission) in West  Germany. 
    SOXMIS operated under a 1946 agreement where the Soviets, British, US and French agreed to exchange mission groups to patrol the opposing side’s then zones of occupation.
    The agreement continued to 1990 and needless to say both sides bent the rules somewhat… 
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    I am delighted to welcome Keith Bailey to our Cold War conversation…
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    The man who built his own nuclear bunker (240)

    The man who built his own nuclear bunker (240)

    Graham Bate was 30-year-old Civil Servant when he built his own nuclear bunker in the garden of his rural home 20 miles outside Hull in the UK.
    It was here that the Bate family expected to survive for at least 3 weeks after a nuclear attack.
    We speak with Graham Bate and his son Conrad who was 5 years old when the bunker was built and has vivid memories of the period.
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    I am delighted to welcome Graham and Conrad Bate to our Cold War conversation…
    There’s further information on this episode here. https://coldwarconversations.com/episode240/

    Special thanks to Al McCann who helped facilitate this episode. Please visit his website Northern Ireland's Secret Bunker. A Cold War 'Living' Museum situated in County Armagh https://www.facebook.com/nibunker/
    If you can’t wait for next week’s episode do visit our Facebook discussion group where guests and listeners continue the Cold War Conversation.
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    • 48 min
    Cold War number stations (239)

    Cold War number stations (239)

    You might remember listening to short wave radio during the Cold War and coming across weird transmissions of metallic voices reciting random groups of numbers through the ether.  These are number stations, shortwave radio stations characterised by broadcasts of formatted numbers, which were being sent to spies operating in foreign countries.
    Number stations were used widely during the Cold War and we speak with Jo Reggelt of ShortwaveNumbers.com. Jo has been working with Simon Mason who was a founding member of ENIGMA, launched in the 80s after identifying several of these stations.
    We discuss in detail the operations behind the transmissions and the stations themselves. You will hear some sample transmissions, including one drunken Stasi officers serenading their agents after the opening of the Wall.
    We also detail a UK spy case that centred on capturing an agent red-handed listening to a numbers station.

    There’s further information including links,  audio samples and books here. https://coldwarconversations.com/episode239/
    Now if you think there is a vast army of research assistants, audio engineers and producers putting together this podcast you’d be wrong. This podcast relies on your support to enable me to continue to capture these incredible stories and make them available to everyone for free.
    If you’d like to help to preserve Cold War history and enable me to continue to produce this podcast you can via one-off or monthly donations.
    Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/donate/ for more details.
    Do join our Facebook discussion group where the cold war conversation continues between episodes. Just search Cold War Conversations in Facebook.
    I am delighted to welcome Jo Reggelt to our Cold War conversation…
    Jo's website is here https://www.shortwavenumbers.com/
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    Air warfare in the Cold War (238)

    Air warfare in the Cold War (238)

    The Cold War years were a period of unprecedented peace in Europe, yet they also saw a number of localised but nonetheless very intense wars throughout the wider world in which air power played a vital role. 
    I speak with former Cold War Tornado pilot and acclaimed aviation historian Michael Napier who has written Flashpoints: Air Warfare in the Cold War published by Osprey which describes eight of these Cold War conflicts. 
    We discuss the wide range of aircraft types used and the development of tactics over a period of revolution in aviation technology and design which  saw some of the most modern technology that the NATO and Warsaw Pact forces deployed.
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    Cold War history is disappearing; however, a simple monthly donation will keep this podcast on the air. You’ll 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. 
    Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/donate/
    If a financial contribution is not your cup of tea, then you can still help us by leaving written reviews wherever you listen to us as well as sharing us on social media. It really helps us get new guests on the show.
    I am delighted to welcome Michael Napier to our Cold War conversation…
    Episode notes here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode236/
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    • 51 min
    Arrested by the KGB and taken to the Lubyanka prison (237)

    Arrested by the KGB and taken to the Lubyanka prison (237)

    Marti Peterson was the first female CIA operative to be assigned to Moscow, probably the most challenging posting during the Cold War.

    Don't miss the previous episode here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode236/

    This second episode turns to TRIGON, the code name for Alexandr Ogorodnik. He was an official in the Soviet Embassy in Bogota, Columbia recruited by the CIA in 1973. Marti and TRIGON never met in person, but they shared information through dead drops and intelligence. We hear about the tradecraft involved.
    Marti is arrested by KGB agents and taken to Moscow's Lubyanka Prison for questioning and talks in detail about that experience.

    UK listeners buy Marti's the book here and support the podcast
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    Cold War history is disappearing; however, a simple monthly donation will keep this podcast on the air. You’ll 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. 
    Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/donate/
    If a financial contribution is not your cup of tea, then you can still help us by leaving written reviews wherever you listen to us as well as sharing us on social media. It really helps us get new guests on the show.
    I am delighted to welcome Marti Peterson to our Cold War conversation…
    Episode notes here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode237/

    Episode one is here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode236/
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    Thank you very much for listening. It is really appreciated – goodbye.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The first female CIA officer in Cold War Moscow (236)

    The first female CIA officer in Cold War Moscow (236)

    Marti Peterson was the first female CIA operative to be assigned to Moscow, probably the most challenging posting during the Cold War. Her story begins in Laos during the Vietnam War where she accompanied her husband John, a CIA officer. She describes their life in a small city in Laos, and the devastating news she received on October 19, 1972.
    Marti returned to the United States and one night at dinner a good friend suggested she look into working for the CIA. 
    After making it clear to CIA recruiters that she didn’t want to be a secretary or an admin assistant they trained her to become an operative, effectively a spy. When Marti was posted to Moscow during the day, she worked as a diplomat at the U.S. Embassy. At night, on weekends and during her lunch breaks, she would report to the CIA station in the same building to do her work as an operative.

    UK listeners buy Marti's the book here and support the podcast
    US listeners buy Marti's the book here and support the podcast
    Cold War history is disappearing; however, a simple monthly donation will keep this podcast on the air. You’ll 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. 
    Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/donate/
    If a financial contribution is not your cup of tea, then you can still help us by leaving written reviews wherever you listen to us as well as sharing us on social media. It really helps us get new guests on the show.
    I am delighted to welcome Marti Peterson to our Cold War conversation…
    Episode notes here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode236/
    Listen to episode 2 here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode237/
    Follow us on Twitter here https://twitter.com/ColdWarPod
    Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/groups/coldwarpod/
    Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/coldwarconversations/
    Thank you very much for listening. It is really appreciated – goodbye.
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267 Ratings

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