Cold war documentary

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by Olympius, Sep 8, 2009.

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  1. The little gem below leads me to believe that more Cold War documentaries are needed, especially among the 'reporters' of the Daily Mail

    Link (but may not stay uncorrected for long)
    Whatever happened to sub-editors?
  2. Already gone...
  3. AlienFTM

    AlienFTM LE Book Reviewer

    This story was on telly a year or two back. Andropov (head of KGB) took over when Brezhnev died. Spent his career trying to prove that the West were going to attack. Now in overall control, this sick old manorders even more time devoted to it. Ex Able Archer 83 comes along and finally all the years of watching "prove" to him that Able Archer is really a pre-emptive first nuclear strike and the world is within seconds of Armageddon.

    Not helped when separately, the Soviet "mainframe" detection system spots "missile launches" along the USA's missile belt which turn out to be the setting sun reflecting off high clouds over the missile belt. Colonel in charge ignores the klaxon and the lights (only because, had the Septics launched a pre-emptive strike, it would have been every bird in the arsenal at once, not one every five minutes) urging an immediate all-out retaliation. Gets the boot for using his initiative and saving the world.
  4. My bold. There were loads of lights on after 9pm: that's when the cleaners came in.