Cold War News

Harnham bunker gets youth project lifeline

The former communications bunker located known as Harnham bunker has been granted a lifeline thanks to decision by Salisbury Council yesterday. The bunker was the location of a secure telephone exchange in 1963 and later became the Urban District Control Centre for Salisbury replacing a bunker located under the council offices. The council decided unanimously to allow The Sound Emporium to use the site as recording studio for local kids despite fierce opposition from local residents. Locals objected claiming the teenagers would be unruly and loiter around the bunker entrance causing noise however these claims were dismissed by the council and all tests carried about regarding noise fell well within […]


North Korea claims Hydrogen Bomb test

North Korea has today claimed the first successful test of a thermonuclear device. The announcement was made on State TV this morning. The news came after the US Geological Survey raised suspicions by detecting a magnitude 5.1 earthquake with an epicentre near Punggye-Ri, The site of North Korea’s previous nuclear weapons test. It will be some time however before it can be confirmed as to whether it was a Hydrogen bomb or another Fission device as previously tested by North Korea. We reported recently that North Korea had claimed it had developed a thermonuclear device which was met with scepticism around the world given the quantum leap in technology they […]


Deutschland 83 – What do we think?

Last night marked the beginning of a new series on Channel 4 called Deutschland 83, an 8 episode series set in 1980’s Cold War Germany. It tells the story of Martin Rauch, an East German Border Guard who is forced away from his home and family to act as a spy in West Germany. The story starts with Rauch being drugged by his Stasi agent Auntie, Lenora, after declining to work in West Germany due to his sick mother and family. He wakes up after being spirited away to West Germany to be planted as an aide to General Wolfgang Edel, A West German General who is working with the […]


China Accuses US of Provocation Flights

China has accused the United States (US) of “serious provocation” following B52 flights near the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea. China has started a rapid land reclamation project and is building military bases on the Islands which are not officially Chinese territory and are being disputed to multiple neighbouring countries. The military bases on the islands, which lay in the middle of South China Sea, are seen as attempts by Beijing to control passage around the South China Sea and provide a strategic staging post for military operations. Any attempt fly near of around the islands has been met with threats of military action from the Chinese […]


North Korea Has the Hydrogen Bomb

.. or so they claim. But do they really? The highly secretive dictatorship has made false claims before about its military might but with its desire for Nuclear Weapons could it actually be true that North Korea does indeed have the H-Bomb? The claim that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK] (to give it its preferred name) made the claim via its State Media last Thursday seemingly in response to a highly respected UN Human Rights official saying that it is “essential” that the North Korea leadership be referred to the International Criminal Court for human rights offences. But we know they have nuclear weapons, why is everyone so […]


Sub Hunt Underway Near Scotland

The Ministry of defence has confirmed that the RAF are conducting “activity” off the Scottish coast amid multiple reports of a Russian Sub being spotted in the area. Canadian and French martime patrol aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth are assisting the Royal Navy in the hunt as the UK currently has no maritime patrol aircraft of its own after the Nimrod program was scrapped. There has been a recent spike in Russian submarine operations near communications cables prompting fears that there are Russian plans to sever communication cables in a time of crisis. The Submarine is believed to have been spotted north of Scotland.


Russia Reveals Nuclear Torpedo in TV Leak

Russia has inadvertently released details of a giant nuclear torpedo codenamed “Status-6” in a news segment on Russia’s state media channel, Channel One. The channel was covering Vladimir Putin’s meeting with military chiefs when one general was filmed studying a colour diagram on the new weapon. The torpedo is designed to attack strategic coastal sites and according to the document would create “wide areas of radioactive contamination” prompting speculation that this could be a highly radioactive “Cobalt” bomb. The weapon has been built by Rubin, a submarine design bureau in St Petersburg. Putin’s spokesman Dimitry Peskov stated that “It’s true some secret data got into the shot, therefore it was […]


Russia Returns to Cold War Civil Defence Methods

A senior government official in Russia has called for the return to Civil Defence training for Russian citizens so they know how to respond to a large scale nuclear attack. Dmitry Rogozin, the deputy prime minister in charge the defence industry, claimed the United States was upsetting the nuclear balance by developing new weapons systems when speaking aftera meeting of Russia’s security council chaired by Vladimir Putin. Rogozin said: “Measures for countering the aggressor could include those that concern Russia’s strategic nuclear capability, that is reciprocal measures so that, God Forbid, no one gets a crazy idea in their head” Referring to civil defence Rogzin stated that “so that the […]


Corsham Bunker Added to At Risk Register

The former secret underground bunker in Corsham, Wiltshire has been placed on the Historic England’s At Risk register as it faces imminent destruction. The site which was the Central Government War Headquarters (CGWHQ) was built in disused stone quarries under an MOD facility in Corsham. It contained a virtual underground city with offices, accommodation, communications and even a pub all of which was designed to be a self-sustaining place of safety for the Central Government in a time of national crisis or nuclear war. The telephone exchange, which is possibly the most well known area of the site, is one part of the complex that has been recorded by Historic […]


Corbyn Wants to Disband NATO and Abolish Trident

Newly elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has set out his views on the future defence of Britain clearly with his thoughts on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Trident and the Terrorist Threat of Deash and Al Qeada. Speaking prior to the election result he stated that NATO should have been “disbanded when the Berlin Wall fell” and that the UK should unilaterally give up its Nuclear Weapons. NATO is a treaty of nations which aims to promote peace through Unity based on the ethos that if you attack one NATO member, you attack all NATO members. This has been a significant factor in maintaining global peace since the end of […]