China in 1949 was a tumultuous year that saw the dramatic collapse of Chiang Kai-shek's 'pro-Western' Nationalist government, overthrown by Mao Zedong and his communist armies, and the foundation of the People's Republic of China.
Interview with acclaimed author and journalist Simon Kuper, has written The Happy Traitor, the story of British spy and Soviet Union double agent George Blake, the last major British traitor of the Cold War.
Foe to Friend is a major exhibition at The National Army Museaum in London that follows the lives of British soldiers in Germany over the past 75 years. Enjoy an expert visit as Cold War Conversations co-host James takes you on a tour with lead curator, Dr Peter Johnston
Commodore Eric Thompson MBE served from the first days of the Polaris missile boats until after the end of the Cold War.
Vadim was at school in Moscow during the 1970s and 80s where he attended an Advanced English Studies School.
tells us of the little known story of continued US Army involvement in intelligence gathering alongside the German security services, the BND.
Charlie was 17 in 1956. A trip home from work by tram ended up with him being thrust into the heart of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956,
Professor Timothy Garton Ash is a British historian, author, commentator and Professor of European Studies at Oxford University. Professor Garton Ash witnessed some of the most critical moments in the Eastern Bloc during the 1980s as these populations threw off Communist rule.
Ian Black is a former RAF Fighter Pilot with a passion for photography and motorcycles. He began his flying career with the legendary McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom in RAF Germany at the height of the Cold War.
Michael Zdanowski was born and raised in the UK, but his interest with the Cold War goes back generations. Michael’s interest in the Cold War prompted him to pursue a doctorate focused around the Sovietisation of Estonia post-WW2, which he researched over a number of years.
Colin Munro was Deputy Ambassador at the British Embassy in East Berlin he tells a fascinating account of his contacts who were giving him insights into the eventual fall of the GDR.
Colin Munro was the British Deputy Head of Mission in East Berlin from 1987 to 1990.
Col. Keith Nightingale served in the US military from 1965 to 1993. He completed two tours of Vietnam; the first as a Senior Advisor to a Vietnamese Ranger unit and the second as a rifle company commander in the 101st Airborne.
During her first visit to Poland in 1980, Jacqueline Hayden met the leading members of the free trade union ‘Solidarność’, including the future president Lech Wałęsa.
Sue Boyd was posted to be Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in East Berlin in 1976 and tells of her work, friendships and life as a single woman in the diplomatic community of 1970s East Berlin.
Today we speak with Ian Ballantyne, the author of “Hunter Killers”, also known as “Undersea Warriors” in the United States. Hunter Killers’ tells the incredible, true inside story of the Royal Navy’s Cold War beneath the waves.
Between 1968 and 1975, there was a subtle thawing of relations between East and West, for which Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev coined the name Détente.
Guy Burgess was the most important, complex, and fascinating of The Cambridge Spies, brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union.
At 2 a.m. on 10 March 1983, 12 year old Carmen Bugan was home alone after her father had for Bucharest. That afternoon, Carmen returned from school to find secret police in her living room. Her father’s protest against the regime had changed her life for ever. This is her story.
From 1974 to 1986 Don served in a number of roles but most noticeably he was assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fulda, one of the locations where it was assumed that Warsaw Pact units would attack through.
Barry Mullen was a Navigator on the legendary Royal Air Force bomber, the Vulcan.
Paul Grant, is the author of Coercion the fourth book about the Schultz family who live in Berlin.
Don Snedeker tells of his time in Vietnam and the book he has written entitled "The Blackhorse in Vietnam: The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam and Cambodia, 1966–1972”.
we’re speaking with Michael Napier, the author of “In Cold War Skies – NATO and Soviet airpower 1949-89”.
This is part 2 of our chat with Jack Barsky who spent ten years as an undercover KGB agent in the United States.