Episode 4.17 Hungarian Revolution 1 — December 23, 2019

Episode 4.17 Hungarian Revolution 1


The story of Hungary from the Soviet occupation in 1944 through the Communist take over of the country, until 1953.  Rakois is chosen by Stalin to become the Communist dictator of Hungary, he creates a highly repressive Stalinist regime in Hungary with a secret police, the AVH, opposition parties are banned and opposition political leaders are either imprisoned or killed, in Hungary hundreds of thousands are imprisoned, thousands are murdered.  In 1950 Rakois began a purge of fellow Communists, they are tortured into making false confession as to being western spies then hanged.  The economy of Hungary is sent into a downward spiral by the policies of Rakosi and massive payments having to be made to the Soviet Union.  In 1953 after the death of Stalin, the new soviet leadership force Rakosi into toning down the scale of his terror and forced to accept Imre Nodge as the prime minister of Hungary.

To be published on Saturday 4th January 2020



Hungarian Revolution Podcast Series — December 14, 2019

Hungarian Revolution Podcast Series

Hungarian Revolution of 1956

In the new year a ten part series on the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 will begin.  The first two episodes will tell the story of Communist rule in Hungary from the Soviet occupation in 1944 to the eve of the Hungarian Revolution in October 1956.  The following six episode will tell of the bloody struggle in Budapest between Hungarian freedom fighters and Soviet troops.  The ninth episode will tell of the brutal revenge carried out by the Communists on those freedom fighters followed by a final episode which will tell of the rest of the Communist dictatorship of Hungary until the fall of Communist in Eastern Europe.

The first episode will be published on Saturday 4th January 2020

Episode 4.16 East German People’s Revolt —

Episode 4.16 East German People’s Revolt

East German People’s Revolt 1953

In 1953 a strike by building workers in East Berlin against higher production targets quickly grows into a mass demonstration against the East German Communist Government.  Further strikes and demonstrations spread though out East Germany as East Germans protest against years of Communist rule.  However the next day in East Berlin another demonstration by East Berliners is meet with gunfire from Soviet tanks, hundreds are killed, thousands are arrested, many are sentenced to long terms of imprisonment.  A biography of Walter Ulbricht the Communist ruler of East Germany.

To be published on Saturday 21st December 2019

Walter Ulbricht
Episode 4.15 Kim Philby — December 8, 2019

Episode 4.15 Kim Philby

Kim Philby and the Albanian Counter Revolution

The Communists had gained control of Albania in 1944 but by 1949 the Communist regime had been weakened by internal purges and isolated by the spilt between Tito and Stalin.  American and British intelligence agencies plotted to launch an attempt to overthrow the Communist Government in Albania which might have succeed but for the fact a British Spy chief Kim Philby knew about it, his story and that of the Cambridge Spy Ring.

To be published on Saturday 14th December

Kim Philby


Episode 4.14 Berlin Airlift — December 2, 2019

Episode 4.14 Berlin Airlift

The Berlin Airlift

In the summer of 1948 Stalin decides to cut road, rail and river transport from West Germany to West Berlin, he hopes to force the Americans, British and French troops out of the City.  However the Western power response by trying to supply West Berlin by air with the food and fuel needs the people of the City require.  The airlift is a great success for the Western powers and in 1949, Stalin ends the blockade.  The story and biography of the so called Candy Bomber.

to be published on Saturday 7th December

The Candybomber