12 December 2010

Able Archer - 1983

About a year ago or so SBS TV in Australia showed a brilliant documentary about the Cold War - in particular a NATO command post exercise called "Able Archer" which inadvertantly almost lead to the Cold War.

This is well worth watching - if only to get a glimpse into the Soviet mind-set and the paranoia at the time amongst the Kremlin leadership with regard to the US Build up of nuclear forces in the early 1980's. There is also the eighties music playing through the doco!

So please - if you have the time - watch this doco

Have fun



  1. Thanks for posting that Richard, it was fascinating. I had heard a little about it, but I hadn't realised how close it all came to going bang!


    Nick Grant

  2. It says the video is no longer available... :(