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Cold War Conversations

Ian Sanders

Award winning real stories of the Cold War told by those that were there. We're capturing the unknown stories of the Cold War before they are lost...

218 - The CIA director responsible for creating spy devices (217)
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  • 218 - The CIA director responsible for creating spy devices (217)

    After service in the US Army during the Vietnam War Bob Wallace was recruited into the CIA. 

    In the CIA his initial assignments were as a field case officer. He rose through the ranks at the agency and was Chief of Station in three locations where he directed the full range of CIA activities. 

    In 1995 Bob became deputy director of the Office of Technical Service and in 1998 was appointed its director responsible for creating spy devices and capabilities necessary to conduct clandestine operations with safety and security. In other words, Bob was the "Q" of the CIA.

    Buy Bob's book here
    UK listeners
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    US listeners
     https://amzn.to/3qvX0xD


    This podcast relies on listener support to enable me to continue to capture these incredible stories and make them available for free. You can support my work and help to preserve Cold War history via one-off or monthly donations

    Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/donate/for for more details.

    Do join our Facebook discussion group where the cold war conversation continues between episodes. Just search Cold War Conversations on Facebook.

    I am delighted to welcome Bob Wallace to our Cold War conversation…

    There’s further information here. https://coldwarconversations.com/episode217/

    Thank you very much for listening. It is really appreciated.

    Support the show (https://coldwarconversations.com/donate/)
    Sat, 15 Jan 2022
  • 217 - Vietnam War draftee to US Army Rangers (216)

    Bob Wallace  joined  the US Army in 1968 as a reluctant conscript.  He describes the draft process, and his attempts to avoid conscription.  

    After basic training, Bob is assigned to a long range reconnaissance unit and ambush unit in five or six man teams in the Mekong delta.

    We hear of the reconnaissance and ambush tactics as well as some poignant memories of those that didn’t make it back.

    This podcast relies on listener support to enable me to continue to capture these incredible stories and make them available for free. You can support my work and help to preserve Cold War history via one off or monthly donations

    Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/donate/ for more details.

    Do join our Facebook discussion group where the cold war conversation continues between episodes. Just search Cold War Conversations on Facebook.

    I am delighted to welcome Bob Wallace to our Cold War conversation…

    There’s further information on this episode here. 

    Thank you very much for listening. It is really appreciated – goodbye.

    Just a  short message to wish all our listeners a great 2022. We have a variety  packed programme lined up for next year

    Now if you have enjoyed our content,  I’m asking you to consider making a small one-off donation to help kick start the show in 2022.

    It’s just a few clicks athttps://coldwarconversations.com/donate/

    Have a look at our store and find the ideal gift for the Cold War enthusiast in your life? Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/store/


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/coldwarpod)
    Sat, 08 Jan 2022
  • 216 - Helping the Refuseniks (215)

    Refusenik was an unofficial term for individuals—typically, but not exclusively, Soviet Jews—who were denied permission to emigrate, primarily to Israel, by the authorities of the Soviet Union and other countries of the Eastern bloc. The term refusenik is derived from the "refusal" handed down to a prospective emigrant from the Soviet authorities.

    Eric Hochstein was a staff member for Senator Carl Levin of Michigan working on human rights. Human rights were a big issue for Senator Levin. 

    Eric went as part of a standard commercial tour of the SU for two weeks from Sep 28th,1980, where he visited Moscow, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Odessa, and Leningrad. Eric and his colleagues used this trip to peel off and visit various Refusenik families to bring them news, messages and supplies. 

    Only protected by a US passport and a tourist visa Eric travelled by public transport under surveillance from the KGB carrying supplies for the families included Levi jeans which were better than money in the Soviet Union of the 1980s.  

    I could really use your support to help me to capture and preserve these amazing stories of the Cold War. 

    If you could make either a one-off or better still sign up to monthly donations to help me to find the time to produce and finance the project.

    If you’d like to know more just go to cwc.com/donate

    If you can’t wait for next week’s episode do visit our Facebook discussion group where guests and listeners continue the Cold War Conversation. Just search Cold War Conversations in Facebook.

    Peter Ryan is your host today and I am delighted to welcome Eric Hochstein to our Cold War conversation…

    There’s further information here.  https://coldwarconversations.com/episode215

    Thank you very much for listening. It is really appreciated – goodbye.

    Just a  short message to wish festive greetings to all my listeners and a great 2022. We have a packed programme lined up for next year

    Now if you have enjoyed our content,  I’m asking you to consider making a small one-off donation to help kick start the show in 2022.

    It’s just a few clicks athttps://coldwarconversations.com/donate/

    Have a look at our store and find the ideal gift for the Cold War enthusiast in your life? Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/store/


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/coldwarpod)
    Sat, 01 Jan 2022
  • 215 - Eyewitness to the 1991 Soviet Coup with Brett Elliott (214)

    Today’s episode is different. Brett Elliott died earlier this year and I was contacted by his ex-wife Polly who offered me a cassette tape. 

    Polly and Brett had met in college and got to know each other in Russian Club at Oklahoma State. In the summer of 1991, they went to Moscow to pursue Polly’s goal of being a reporter in Russia and Brett’s goal of further studying Russia. 

    They both worked together covering the Bush Gorbachev summit, with Polly as a reporter and Brett as an interpreter. Polly left Russia early, but Brett stayed a few weeks more and witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union, August 19-21, 1991. During a rare phone call, Polly begged him to be careful, and he famously said she was worse than the coup leaders if she wanted to deny him getting out to witness history…

    Polly's book is available on the links below
    US Listeners
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    UK listeners
    https://amzn.to/3CLuHjy

    We have photos herehttps://coldwarconversations.com/episode214/

    This podcast relies on listener support to enable me to continue to capture these incredible stories and make them available for free. You can support my work and help to preserve Cold War history via one-off or monthly donations

    Just go tohttps://coldwarconversations.com/donate/  for more details.

    Do join our Facebook discussion group where the cold war conversation continues between episodes. Just search Cold War Conversations on Facebook.

    This episode is the audio from the cassette of Brett describing his experiences just two weeks after the coup. Being on cassette the sound quality is not great, but I am delighted and honoured to welcome Brett Elliott to our Cold War conversation…

    Just a  short message to wish festive greetings to all my listeners and a great 2022. We have a packed programme lined up for next year

    Now if you have enjoyed our content,  I’m asking you to consider making a small one-off donation to help kick start the show in 2022.

    It’s just a few clicks athttps://coldwarconversations.com/donate/

    Have a look at our store and find the ideal gift for the Cold War enthusiast in your life? Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/store/


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/coldwarpod)
    Sat, 25 Dec 2021
  • 214 - Working in the nuclear missile compartment of a Royal Navy Polaris submarine (213)

    John Andrews joined the Royal Navy in 1981 and went on to serve aboard the HMS Repulse, one of the UK’s Polaris nuclear missile submarines from 1982.

    His role was Missile Compartment Control Patrol which included security of the nuclear missile compartment as well as assisting in the maintenance of the missile tubes and the nuclear missiles themselves. 

    John shares details of life aboard the ship including missile launch tests, alcohol, practical jokes, escape procedures from a submerged submarine and many more.

    This podcast relies on listener support to enable me to continue to capture these incredible stories and make them available for free. You can support my work and help to preserve Cold War history via one-off or monthly donations

    Just go tohttps://coldwarconversations.com/donate/for more details.

    Do join our Facebook discussion group where the cold war conversation continues between episodes. Just search Cold War Conversations on Facebook.

    Now, this episode was recorded at the Hack Green Nuclear Bunker Soviet Threat event so you will hear some background noise, but  I am delighted to welcome John Andrews to our Cold War conversation…

    There’s further information on this episode in our show notes which can also be found as a link in your podcast app here. 

    Thank you very much for listening. It is really appreciated – goodbye.

    Seasons greetings to all my listeners and wishing you all a great 2022. Thanks so much for your support and encouragement. 

    You can make one off donations to the podcast here 

    Have a look at our store and find the ideal gift for the Cold War enthusiast in your life? Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/store/


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/coldwarpod)
    Sat, 18 Dec 2021
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