Missile away, missile away! - A Cold War US Peacekeeper nuclear missile launch officer (275)
Cold War Conversations History Podcast
by Ian Sanders & Tim Lyon
4d ago
Tim Lyon was an officer assigned to the 400th Strategic Missile Squadron located in Cheyenne Wyoming. The Squadron was maintained 50 Peacekeeper ICBM missiles based in underground silos in farmers’ fields in remote areas of  Wyoming. Tim was one of two launch officers who were responsible for 10 of these missiles. He and his colleague would descend forty to sixty feet below ground to a concrete capsule that housed the Launch Control Centre.  There he would spend 24-hour alerts ready to launch 100 nuclear warheads — each with twenty times the explosive force of the Hiroshima bomb at ..read more
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Missile away, missile away! - A Cold War US Peacekeeper nuclear missile launch officer (275)
Cold War Conversations History Podcast
by Ian Sanders & Tim Lyon
4d ago
Tim Lyon was an officer assigned to the 400th Strategic Missile Squadron located in Cheyenne Wyoming. The Squadron was responsible for 50 Peacekeeper ICBM missiles based in underground silos in farmers’ fields in remote areas of  Wyoming. Tim was one of two launch officers who were responsible for 10 of these missiles. He and his colleague would descend forty to sixty feet below ground to a concrete capsule that housed the Launch Control Centre.  There he would spend 24-hour alerts ready to launch 100 nuclear warheads — each with twenty times the explosive force of the Hiroshima bom ..read more
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Red Elvis on tour, aka Dean Reed the US Cold War music star (274)
Cold War Conversations History Podcast
by Ian Sanders & Neil Jacobs
1w ago
Warning: This episode does cover the subject of suicide. If you need help please use these links: UK https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/ Rest of the World  https://findahelpline.com/i/iasp Dean Reed was an American actor, singer and songwriter, director, and Socialist who became a huge star in Latin America and the Eastern Bloc. Neil Jacobs is a guitarist who first met Dean Reed briefly while renting accommodation from Will Roberts, who directed the documentary of Dean Reed called “American Rebel”. Neil served on the US Cultural Delegation to the Moscow Wo ..read more
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The Bridge of Spies spy (273)
Cold War Conversations History Podcast
by Ian Sanders & Vin Arthey
2w ago
On 10 February 1962, Gary Powers, the American pilot whose U2 spy plane was shot down in Soviet airspace, was released on “The Bridge in Spies” in Berlin by his captors in exchange for one Colonel Rudolf Abel, aka Vilyam Fisher - one of the most extraordinary characters in the history of the Cold War.   Born plain William Fisher in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the UK this British grammar schoolboy was the child of revolutionary parents who had fled tsarist oppression in Russia. Their son returned to his spiritual homeland, the newly formed Soviet Union, and became a spy, embarking on a mission ..read more
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Two weddings and a teaching post in Cold War Berlin (272)
Cold War Conversations History Podcast
by Ian Sanders & Marie-Claude Hawkes
3w ago
Marie-Claude Hawkes continues her story with her return to Berlin in 1985 as a French teaching assistant at the Havel School RAF Gatow, teaching French and taking part in school activities in West and East Berlin. Between September 86 and August 87 Marie-Claude was employed as a cartoonist for the Berlin Bulletin, the weekly magazine for the British Forces in Berlin. Marie Claude describes her experiences as a French citizen working for the British Army as well as the challenges of being a French civilian in Berlin marrying a British citizen.  In February 1988 Marie-Claude started wor ..read more
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The girl in an East German coal mine (271)
Cold War Conversations History Podcast
by Ian Sanders & Marie-Claude Hawkes
1M ago
In 1981 Marie-Claude Hawkes was an 18-year-old living in Amiens, France when she embarked on a trip to East Germany looking for adventure…  Among her experiences was working in a lignite coal mine. Lignite is considered the lowest rank of coal and the most harmful coal to human health but was a major fuel source for East German power stations. Marie-Claude travelled from Paris to Leipzig on an overnight train, staying at the International Youth Camp in Borna. From there she travelled every day to work in the open lignite mine at Espenhain, about 16 miles from Leipzig.  She describe ..read more
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In conversation with 7 BRIXMIS veterans - Part 2 (270)
Cold War Conversations History Podcast
by Ian Sanders, Neil Walton, Pete Curran, Dave Collins, Kev Smith,Sandy Saxton-Warne, Mike Hill, Mike Corcoran and Dave Butler
1M ago
Part 2, of a two part recording. Part 1 is here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode268 In October of 2022, I was asked by the West Pennines Military Vehicle Trust to moderate a Q&A session with a number of BRIXMIS veterans. Attending were Drivers Neil Walton, Pete Curran,  Dave Collins and Kev Smith,  plus Sandy Saxton-Warne (Joint operations & weapons) , Mike Hill (Tour officer), Mike Corcoran (Weapons), and Dave Butler (Senior Non Commissioned Officer, Tourer). It was an amazing afternoon of reminiscing about their experiences and viewing the amazing collections t ..read more
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In conversation with 7 BRIXMIS veterans - Part 1 (268)
Cold War Conversations History Podcast
by Ian Sanders, Neil Walton, Pete Curran, Dave Collins, Kev Smith,Sandy Saxton-Warne, Mike Hill, Mike Corcoran and Dave Butler
1M ago
In October of 2022, I was asked by the West Pennines Military Vehicle Trust to moderate a Q&A session with a number of BRIXMIS veterans. Part 2 is here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode270 Attending were Drivers Neil Walton, Pete Curran,  Dave Collins and Kev Smith,  plus Sandy Saxton-Warne (Joint operations & weapons) , Mike Hill (Tour officer), Mike Corcoran (Weapons), and Dave Butler (Senior Non Commissioned Officer, Tourer).  It was an amazing afternoon of reminiscing about their experiences and viewing the amazing collections they had from that time. Don’t ..read more
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Home Bases: Memories & Stories of US Military Bases in the UK (267)
Cold War Conversations History Podcast
by Ian Sanders & Sean Kelly
1M ago
Sean Kelly is the author of Home Bases: Memories & Stories of US Military Bases Around London which for the first time, puts the spotlight on the history of many of the US Military’s lesser-known command and support bases that were located either in or close to London. The bases (often known as ‘Little Americas’) are furthermore brought to life in a series of ‘snapshot’ memories.  We hear about the heroism of US personnel who were awarded the George Medal for bravery in rescuing people caught in the great floods of 1953  as well as including actor Larry Hagman who played JR Ewin ..read more
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Cold War Chieftain tank deployment at the East German Border (266)
Cold War Conversations History Podcast
by Ian Sanders, Alan Hodges & Mick Hadfield
1M ago
We’re back with Alan Hodges, a Royal Tank Regiment Chieftain tank commander, and Mick Hadfield who was his 17-year-old gunner.  In this episode we talk in detail about their deployment within a kilometer of the East German border and their tasks should H Hour have come as well as emergency deployment from barracks. There is no affection for their main training area at Soltau described as “the moon with a few trees and also in less polite terms. However, these training periods are made better by the regular appearance of Wolfgang, a German entrepreneur and British Army legend who was unc ..read more
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