Russian Bears Disrupt UK Civil Aviation

The Foreign Office has revealed that Russia’s Out of Area Operations using their TU-95H “Bear” long range bombers had caused disruption to UK civil flights on Wednesday 28th January 2015 with two of the aircraft coming “within 25 miles” of the UK. As usual they were promptly escorted away from UK airspace by RAF Typhoon Interceptors but it continues Russia’s growing effort to test UK Air Defenses and response by attempting to penetrate it’s sovereign airspace. Recently Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK was concerned about the “extremely aggressive probing” of its airspace by Russian Bombers. The threat posed to civil aviation is increasing as the bombers do not […]

Putin ramps up NATO defences testing

Finnish air defences have reported “unusually intense” air activity by Russian Bombers and Fighters in the past few weeks as Russia continues to test NATO air defences. NATO believes that Russia is reacting to several Baltic states recently joining NATO and the crisis in the Ukraine which has pitched East versus West once again following Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, which is part of Ukraine. Tupolev-Tu-95 Bear Finland has reported that the air activity intensified on December 6th and has continued -“Most Russian packages have departed from bases within Russia’s mainland and headed towards the Russian exclave [sic] of Kaliningrad, to return via the same general routing. The packages have […]

25 Years since the Berlin Wall fell

On the 9th November 2014 events took place in Berlin to mark the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down. So we thought it would be an ideal time for a post looking at back at one of the most iconic structures of the Cold War. Following World War 2, Germany was divided into West and East. The Western side being controlled by the Allied nations of Britain, France and America. The Eastern side was to be controlled by the Soviets. Its capital Berlin, which sat inside East Germany (German Democratic Republic GDR), was to be further divided into West and East in the same way. Berlin ended up […]

Russia return to cold war tactics as they enter Ukraine

Russia have today announced a return to long range military flying patrols from the Arctic Ocean to the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico in response to rising world tensions over Ukraine and the Middle East. Russia stopped long range bomber patrols following the end of the cold war during which they used them to regularly test NATO defences and readiness, something it appears they are keen to do once again. The decision was announced almost simultaneously  with NATO announcing there was clear evidence that Russian troops had entered Ukrainian territory in a move that is a very real threat to stabilisation in the region and a clear signal of Vladimir […]

Greenham Control Tower Update

The deadline for submission of bids for the sale and future use of the former control tower at RAF Greenham Common was midday on the 7th September 2013. We are happy to report that Greenham Parish Council successfully submitted their bid in time. However, West Berkshire council confirmed (via twitter) that they received a total of 7 bids. So sadly the sale to a private buyer is still not out of the question. Hopefully West Berkshire Council will look beyond the financial gain and see that it is entrusted to the hands of Greenham Parish Council to ensure its preservation and future public use as an information centre and museum. […]

Now I am become death….

Julius Robert Oppenheimer was a Theoretical Physicist and “Co-Ordinator of Rapid Rupture” at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).  His main role was to calculate propagation of a fast neutron chain for an Atomic weapon, For that reason he is often referred to as the “Father” of the Atomic Bomb. Born in New York in 1904 Oppenheimer studied at Harvard and later Christ’s College, Cambridge with a paticular interest in Quantum Mechanics, theory of Electrons and Positrons and developed the  Oppenheimer–Phillips process of Nuclear Fusion. In 1941 he was recruited to work on a top-secret crash program to create an Atomic Bomb, The Manhattan Project. Brigadier General Leslie Groves was chosen as Director […]

A New Cold War?

With current tensions in the Middle East, in particular Syria, riding high its raising old tensions between the Cold War Superpowers and creating a freezing of East West relations. Here we look at possible scenarios that could bring about a recurrence of Cold War Tensions. The current situation in Syria and the Assad regime’s use of Chemical Weapons on its own people crossed a very firm line set out by Barack Obama and the US Government and drew condemnation from Britain, France and other NATO countries. It’s been made very clear that the US, UK and France will act whether with or without a UN mandate. The problem that they […]

Farewell to a Cold War Warrior

On the day we started this blog a great warrior of the Cold War was buried in London. Baroness Thatcher (1925-2013) was conservative leader and primeminister of Great Britain from 1979-1990 which is the period many believe to be the most dangerous time of the Cold War. Together with US President Ronald Reagan they had a mutual distrust of communism but worked hard to organise treaties to secure nuclear weapons balance (MAD – Mutually Assured Destruction) and eventually to reduce nuclear arsenals across the superpowers. Thatcher was the first western leader to welcome Soviet Premiere Gorbachev and it was the summits with Gorbachev & Reagan that led to the collapse […]