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In conversation with those that experienced the Cold War and those who are fascinated. Welcome to Cold War Conversations, a series of podcasts chatting to those who lived through and experienced the Cold War first hand and those that are fascinated by the period. I don’t pretend to be a historian, but more someone fascinated by the Cold War who wants to learn more. I hope you’ll enjoy the informality of these interview and join me on a journey of discovery into one of the most interesting periods of the 20th century. I’m looking for anybody who would like to be interviewed about their Cold War experiences or why they are interested in the period.

In conversation with those that experienced the Cold War and those who are fascinated. Welcome to Cold War Conversations, a series of podcasts chatting to those who lived through and experienced the Cold War first hand and those that are fascinated by the period. I don’t pretend to be a historian, but more someone fascinated by the Cold War who wants to learn more. I hope you’ll enjoy the informality of these interview and join me on a journey of discovery into one of the most interesting periods of the 20th century. I’m looking for anybody who would like to be interviewed about their Cold War experiences or why they are interested in the period.
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Manchester, United Kingdom

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In conversation with those that experienced the Cold War and those who are fascinated. Welcome to Cold War Conversations, a series of podcasts chatting to those who lived through and experienced the Cold War first hand and those that are fascinated by the period. I don’t pretend to be a historian, but more someone fascinated by the Cold War who wants to learn more. I hope you’ll enjoy the informality of these interview and join me on a journey of discovery into one of the most interesting periods of the 20th century. I’m looking for anybody who would like to be interviewed about their Cold War experiences or why they are interested in the period.

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@coldwarpod

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English

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Episodes

58 - Red Reporter - Covert Correspondent for East Germany - Part 2

4/12/2019
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In this episode we welcome back John Green to talk further about his covert journalism for East Germany. His story continues with his account of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution and a dangerous assignment to Pinochet’s Chile where he comes face to face with the infamous Dictator. We join my Cold War Conversation with John Green in Portugal. Can't wait for the next episode? Visit our discussion group here

Duration:00:47:28

57 - A 17 year old in the US Army

4/5/2019
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Today we speak to Manuel Alzaga who as a 17 year old joined the US Army in 1981. Manuel signed up to the artillery and tells his story from life of poverty in Los Angeles through to deployment in West Germany for a Reforger exercise. Before we get going you can really help us get more listeners by leaving reviews on Itunes or with your favourite podcast provider. This really helps raise our profile and get guests on the show. If you’d like to support us with a few dollars, pounds or...

Duration:00:33:44

56 - The Candy Bomber

3/29/2019
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We speak to 98 year old Gail Halvorsen aka "The Candy Bomber" who flew in the Berlin Airlift in 1948. The Soviets had started a 11-month land blockade against West Berlin. The blockade was broken by a massive U.S.-British airlift of vital supplies to West Berlin. Gail tells an incredible story of an iconic humanitarian mission at the dawn of the Cold War. Now if you’d like to support our operating costs with a few dollars, pounds or roubles then head click here to learn more. Thank you so...

Duration:00:27:59

55 - Why Preserve Communist Architecture?

3/23/2019
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We welcome back Mark Baker from episode 9 where we spoke about his time in 1980s Czechoslovakia. Mark is a freelance journalist & travel writer living in his adopted hometown of Prague. I really recommend his blog which can be found here. Mark has lived in Central Europe for more than two decades and seeks out communist architecture in his home town and further afield. He is the ideal candidate to discuss the question “Why preserve Communist architecture?” Now back to today’s episode....

Duration:00:52:36

54 - Canucks Hunt For Red October

3/15/2019
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Colonel Terry Chester spent a good portion of his RCAF career hunting for Soviet Submarines in both the Pacific and Atlantic area's of operation. He was instrumental in the design criteria for sub hunting capability's when Canada procured the, then new Aurora, for anti-submarine hunting in the early 1980's. Terry has great stories to tell regarding sub hunting tactics as well as Canadian participation in NATO exercises As the podcast gets more popular our costs of hosting and running the...

Duration:00:44:02

53 - East German Army Officer at the Fall of the Wall

3/8/2019
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In this episode we hear the third and final part of Torsten Belger’s story as he tells us about his first visit to West Berlin, leaving the East German Army and life after the GDR. Before we start a quick thanks to Skjip1969, Peteyinmontreal & GDR Objectified for leaving reviews in Itunes. Do leave reviews with your favourite podcast provider. It really helps us get new guests on the show. Thank you so much to all our fans that are supporting us – it is really appreciated! Just click here...

Duration:00:37:50

52- László Nagy - A Hungarian Life

3/1/2019
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László Nagy was one of the early members of the Hungarian Democratic Forum in 1987. The HDF became Hungary’s largest political party following first free elections in 1990. In this episode we hear the story of his parent’s life in 1950’s Hungary and László’s early life including how he ended up at school with the son of West Germany’s President. Before we start I’d like to ask you to by leaving a review in Itunes or with your favourite podcast provider. It really helps us get new guests on...

Duration:00:57:07

51 - The Blood Tattoo

2/26/2019
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Today’s episode is a bonus episode celebrating our 50th episode which came out on 23rd Feb 2019. I honestly never thought we’d get this far, but it's thanks to you the listener. Your feedback and kind comments keep me going and I am delighted we appear to be keeping your interest after almost a year of broadcasting. Now regular listeners will know the drill, as this is the point ask you to help support us. As the podcast gets more popular our costs of hosting and running the podcast...

Duration:00:41:39

50 - Freedom's Laboratory - The Cold War Struggle for the Soul of Science

2/22/2019
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Audra J Wolfe is writer, editor, and historian based in Philadelphia. With a background in both science and history her work specifically focuses on the role of science during the Cold War, a period when science held a special place in maintaining and projecting state power. Now if you’d like to support us with a few dollars, pounds or roubles then click here to learn more. Thank you so much to all our fans that are supporting us – it is really appreciated! If that’s not your cup of tea...

Duration:00:44:34

49 - An RAF pilot remembers the end of the Cold War - Chasing Bears Pt 2

2/15/2019
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In this episode we welcome back Nick Anderson who told us about his RAF service intercepting TU-95 Soviet Bear bombers over the North Sea. The story continues with his accounts of how the Soviet aircrew tried to distract RAF planes and how he was almost downed by their tactics. The episode ends with Nick telling us about the final days of the Cold War. Please join my Cold War Conversation with Nick Anderson Chasing bears… Can't wait for the next episode? Visit our discussion group here

Duration:00:35:26

48 - Gillian - A US Student visits Poland in 1989

2/8/2019
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In this episode we welcome back Gillian Cox who told us about her student trip to East Germany in 1989. In this episode the story continues with her trip further East into Poland. At this point Poland’s communist Polish United Workers Party had abandoned its monopoly of power in April. Elections in June 1989 resulted in the Free Trade Union Solidarity securing 35% of seats available to it with the remaining 65% was divided between the PZPR and its satellite parties The first round of...

Duration:00:21:41

47 - Red Reporter - Covert Correspondent for East Germany - Part 1

2/1/2019
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Today we speak to John Green. John Green grew up in Coventry in a communist family. After abandoning a zoology degree course after his second year at Bristol University, he switched to Drama. In 1964 he made the adventurous move to the German Democratic Republic to study film at the National Film School in Babelsberg, near Potsdam. He was the sole British student in the country. Returning to his native Britain in 1968, he became television correspondent for the GDR and spent 22 years...

Duration:00:45:19

46- The Berlin Trilogy - Author Interview

1/25/2019
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Today we welcome author Paul Grant whose excellent Berlin trilogy is set in Berlin during World War 2 and the Cold War. Paul and I talk about the books as well as his inspiration and how he did his research to capture the atmosphere and detail of Cold War Berlin. We also discuss the GDR and visiting Berlin, so without further ado let’s join our Cold War Conversation with Paul Grant. Don't forget to check out the show notes here.

Duration:00:57:13

45 - East German Army Officer at the 40th Anniversary Parade of the GDR

1/18/2019
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In this episode we welcome back Torsten Belger a former East German Officer. Torsten was part of the 40th Anniversary Parade of the GDR which unknown to him at the time would be its last. He tells of the training for the parade and his meeting with Yasser Arafat, the Head of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. Torsten also shares how he heard about the unrest sweeping the country and his introduction to anti-riot training. The episode ends with Torsten telling about hjis gradual...

Duration:00:42:36

44 - Chasing Bears Part 1 - RAF intercepts of Soviet Aircraft

1/11/2019
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Nick Anderson is a former RAF Phantom jet fighter pilot. We discuss flying in the Cold War and in detail how the RAF would have responded to a nuclear attack. We also talk about how QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) worked and hear details of a number of missions Nick flew intercepting the Soviet Tupolev Tu-95 codenamed "The Bear" by NATO. We welcome Nick Anderson

Duration:00:41:44

43 - Highlights of 2018 - a whistle stop tour

1/4/2019
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Welcome to the Cold War Conversations History Podcast 2018 roundup and thank you to all our listeners and guests who’ve stuck with us and made the podcast what it is. If your old or new to the podcast I hope this episode will make you dip into episodes you might have missed or you thought are not your cup of tea.. I’d like to especially thanks those listeners that have left such positive reviews on Itunes and have contributed financially via Patreon or as one off donations. If you haven’t...

Duration:00:38:15

42 - Gillian - A US Student visiting East Germany

12/28/2018
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Gillian Cox visited the GDR as a student in October 1989 just before the Wall came down. In this episode you will hear her eyewitness of account of what she saw in East Germany on the cusp of its destruction. We start with Gillian describing her interest in the Cold War and how she ended up in the GDR. We welcome Gillian Cox

Duration:00:51:34

41 - Defending the Fulda Gap

12/21/2018
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Today we talk again with Neil Gussman who was an M60A1 tank commander in West Germany tasked with defending the Fulda Gap which was a key likely Warsaw Pact attack route. We talk about his rushed initial deployment where he faced Warsaw Pact tanks across the border, details of various exercises he was in and how the US troops interacted with the West German population.

Duration:00:44:07

40 - A British Journalist in East Berlin

12/14/2018
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Myself and Shane Whaley from the GDR Radio Podcast and Spybrary podcast speak with Peter Millar. Peter is an award winning journalist who was named Foreign Correspondent of the Year for his reporting on the dying days of the Cold War. Peter's book "The Berlin Wall: My Part in its Downfall" is described as "a witty, wry, elegiac account of his time as a Reuters and Sunday Times correspondent in Berlin throughout most of the 1980s' " by The Spectator and the Sunday Times described it as" part...

Duration:01:12:25

39 - East German Army Officer Training

12/7/2018
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We speak with Torsten Belger who trained as an Artillery Officer in the East German Army. Torsten also runs Germandotmilitaria which is a web site selling various items of East German militaria and civilian items too. It's well worth a visit He tells us in fascinating detail about his early life, his schooling, and how he ended up on the NVA officer training course. Spoiler alert, this episode does end on a cliffhanger... we welcome Torsten Belger.

Duration:00:44:17