Just thought I would flag this up. They have a lot of very interesting content, including an interview with an Infantryman who protected a Pershing 2 Battery, and there is a podcast somewhere on East German Television. Worth taking a look.
Cold War Conversations Podcast
Posted 13 September 2019 - 0744 AM
Really good episode on the underground Music Scene in East Berlin. The interviewee is Mark Reeder, behind factory records in the UK, and he describes how he once smuggled out a complete East German Army uniform by wearing it through the border under a pinstripe suit.
The program Reeder describes is actually on youtube, including the music video filmed on Paul Glienicke bridge.
Edited by Stuart Galbraith, 13 September 2019 - 0749 AM.
Posted 13 September 2019 - 2112 PM
This one might be of particular interest to Tanknetters, account by an M60A1 tank crewman on the IGB in the late 1970's.
I only listened to the first few minutes, turned it off when he started talking about taking tanks within the 1K zone and seeing Soviet (DDR) tanks looking back. Total bullshit. WP forces in greater than platoon strength in the border area was spot reported through the chain of command as a Frag Rep Larum Bell. That was USAREUR level serious shit. Second, no US or US civilians were allowed within the 1K zone until they had received briefings and were escorted by border qualified personnel. A battalion of tanks didn't just drive up to the border one foggy night, much less do it without telling anybody where you were going.
He might have mentioned later or I missed it in his opening crappalogue, but Brigade 76 was a 4th Infantry Division brigade out of Ft. Carson, Colorado.
Posted 14 September 2019 - 0135 AM
Yeah, I have to admit I was twitching through that as well. After the 1973 war, I cant think of any major alerts that would have happened until the 1980's. I also cant think of any occasions when US Tanks and Russian tanks have stood barrel to barrel, other than in the Berlin Brigade in 1961. Why Ford would feel the need to send brand new units to the border just doesnt add up. But I appreciate you pointing that out, I thought I was being unfair.
The one on the guy on the Pershing 2 Battery I found more interesting.
Posted 14 September 2019 - 0515 AM
I guess this is as good a place for this as any. Skip through the first few minutes of stuff about lifting weights if it's not your thing. The dude being interviewed is a bit like a real life Major Kong.
Posted 16 September 2019 - 0414 AM
Thanks for that Adam, Ill be sure to listen to that.
Just been listening to another podcast, this one on Brixmis and the Defence of Berlin from the Perspective of a Chieftain Commander is very good. He also describes his conversations with Rudolf Hess.
Edited by Stuart Galbraith, 16 September 2019 - 0417 AM.
Posted 17 September 2019 - 1439 PM
Thanks Stuart, some of the podcasts sound very interesting. I will start watching them tomorrow.
Posted 18 September 2019 - 0711 AM
Hope you find them interesting Alejandro. If it makes it any easier, all of these are available on spotify which im currently listening to them on.
This is another series of postcasts, the Cold War vault. The narrator in the first episode describes himself as haunted by the cold war, and for various reason's I can entirely relate to what he is saying.
Anyway, Episode 14 Ive found genuinely thought provoking. He describes a movie from a Ukrainian film maker that describes a fairly nonsensical theory that Chernobyl was engineered by a Soviet scientist to cover up the failure of the Duga Radar project. But the film sounds really interesting despite this,, and the podcast uses the context of Chernobyl and the Duga Radar project to highlight the evolving relationship between Ukraine, and how the Soviet Union has in some respects not died at all. Certainly in mindset.
Anyway, enough of my description, well worth a listen.
Actually looking it up, the movie looks like its worth a punt as well.
Edited by Stuart Galbraith, 18 September 2019 - 0720 AM.
Posted 22 September 2019 - 1130 AM
No problem Hans.
I may actually have found a few more, Ill up them tomorrow.
Posted 23 September 2019 - 0240 AM
Radio GDR, a podcast all about life in the former GDR. Ive not listened to this much but it seems to be more about life as it was lived there, less about the stasi and communism.
Spycast, from the Spy museum. Again, not listened to a huge amount on here, but it looks like some interesting interviews both of the cold war and contemporary issues.
Posted 25 September 2019 - 0336 AM
& thanks once more Stuart. I became somewhat fascinated with the DDR (a combination of attraction and repulsion) via the Cold War links between the Netherlands and the DDR (war plans, intelligence, peace movements), so this is welcome.
Open Memory Box, which the Radio GDR podcast reports on, is a website with great potential and already some impressive items. Unfortunately the collection of 8 mm amateur films is in low resolution and has somewhat obstructing titles, but I greatly enjoyed the edits under "anti-archiv" which have a hypnotising quality, partly thanks to the dreamlike soundtrack ("ton"). High resolution footage can be found under "Geschichte" which contains some well made short films showing how the personal and the political were intertwined. See for example "Wir wurden belogen".
Posted 25 September 2019 - 0346 AM
You probably have already seen it, but there is an excellent piece of footage taken from a Brixmis vehicle of a trip into the DDR over the Glienicke Bridge.
Yeah, that memory box site looks a great resource. Im currently reading Max Hertberg's 'Reim' novels, and I can see what a great job he did of summoning up the atmosphere of the DDR.
Posted 25 September 2019 - 0834 AM
Ive mentioned this one elsewhere, but its worth repeating. The Fighter Pilot podcast is largely based around naval aviation, but it does touch on various land based aircraft such as the F5 and the Tornado. It does mainly contemporary aircraft, but it touches on a lot of cold war aircraft. I seem to recall the one on the A4, the A6, the Phantom and the SR71 are all well worth listening to.
Posted 01 October 2019 - 0359 AM
This one is particularly good, discusses the USN's maritime doctrine for the 1980's, and the reason for the 600 ship navy.
This is also pretty good, on the 1973 war and the martime standoff between the 6th Fleet and the 5th Eskadra.
Posted 07 October 2019 - 0719 AM
Ok, now this is one that anyone interested in the Cold war ought to listen to. operation Gladio and the European stay behind networks. This was FAR more extensive than I thought, including even neutral countries like Sweden, Finland and Austria.
Posted 08 November 2019 - 1705 PM
Thanks again. I didn't know about the neutral countries' stay-behind organisations (SBO) either, especially not about their links with the CIA. I recently wrote an extensive note on the "I" or intelligence branch of the Dutch SBO: see here: Part I, note g. More backgrounds and details about equipment: cryptomuseum.