Award-winning real stories of the Cold War told by those who were there. Every week we interview an eyewitness of the Cold War.
Across soldiers, spies, civilians, and others, we aim to cover the whole range of Cold War experiences. Hosts Ian Sanders, James Chilcott, and Peter Ryan bring your ears into the heart of the Cold War.
Reading a history book is one thing, but hearing a human voice, with every breath, hesitation and intonation brings a whole new dimension to understanding what it was like to be there.
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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.
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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
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Award-winning real stories of the Cold War told by those that were there. Every week we interview an eyewitness of the Cold War. Across soldiers, spies, civilians, and others, we aim to cover the whole gamut of the Cold War experience. Hosts Ian Sanders, James Chilcott and Peter Ryan bring your ears into the heart of the Cold War. Reading a history book is one thing, but hearing a human voice, with every breath, hesitation and intonation brings a whole new dimension to understanding what it was like to be there.