Award-winning real stories of the Cold War told by those who were there. Every week we interview an eyewitness of the Cold War.
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Assembling and delivering nuclear artillery rounds to the Cold War West German Army (300)
In February 1983 US soldier Manuel Alzager was sent to a mysterious posting to the British Zone in the north of West Germany a long way from the main US forces in southern Germany.
After a lengthy journey, he is picked up by a West German private and eventually arrives at the 81st USAFAD (US Army Field Artillery Detachment), where his mission is to guard, assemble, and deliver low-yield nuclear artillery rounds to the 7th West German Army Artillery Regiment.
He describes how the rounds were assembled as well as their orders in the event of unauthorised intruders. Being stationed in the British Zone of West Germany Manuel also tells us about the love/hate relationship with the Brits where they would fight, make up, drink, and fight again.
Manuel’s other episodes are here:
A 17-year-old in the Cold War US Army https://coldwarconversations.com/episode57/
Experiences of the Cold War Reforger 82 NATO Exercise https://coldwarconversations.com/episode100/
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