Cold War Tank Tales from the Land Down Under
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Many of Tim’s family had served in WW1 and WW2 and from a young age, he was determined to follow their path. Overcoming huge competition for places he became a driver of the Leopard AS1 MBT at 1st Armoured Regiment of the Australian Army. Australia is largely ignored in most Cold War histories, however, we hear how the Australian Army prepared to fight the Musorians, a thinly disguised notional enemy which was obviously the Soviets or one of their satellites in everything but name. Photos, videos and extra episode information here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode321/ Part two of our chat is here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode324/ The fight to preserve Cold War history continues and via a simple monthly donation, you will give me the ammunition to continue to preserve Cold War history. You’ll become part of our community, get ad-free episodes, and 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 monthly contribution is not your cup of tea, We also welcome one-off donations via the same link. Find the ideal gift for the Cold War enthusiast in your life! Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/store/ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/ColdWarPod Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/coldwarpod/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/coldwarconversations/ Youtube https://youtube.com/@ColdWarConversations Love history? Check out Into History at this link https://intohistory.com/coldwarpod 0:00 Introduction and Tim Whitford's early life and influences 7:48 Tim's involvement in the reserves and training details 12:16 Transition to the regular army and experience with basic training 19:41 First encounter with the Leopard tank and training experience 28:42 Comparison of Leopard and Centurion tanks 33:57 Posting to the 1st Armored Regiment and first deployment 43:41 NBC training and river forwarding capabilities of Leopard tanks 51:30 Reaction to the fall of the Berlin Wall and shift in military roles 55:09 Preview of Part 2 and recognizing financial supporters Chapters powered by PodcastAI✨ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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