Cogs and Wheels: The material culture of revolutionary China

March 26, 2007

Ipswich target of Cold War mappers

Filed under: Cold War, USSR, Weblinks — amyjaneb @ 9:48 pm

This doesn’t have anything to do with China, but a lot to do with the Cold War.  And it’s about my home town (well, my nearest large home town) so I’m going to blog about it anyway!

To a large extent I feel the paranoia engendered by the Cold War to be its the most sinister effect, one which clearly continues to linger today (though now transposed onto Islamic Fundamentalism).  The images these quotes conjure up are quite brilliant (perhaps you have to know Ipswich and Ipswichians, for that matter, to really appreciate the full impact of these revelations on the local populace ;)):

Produced in 1984, the map reveals the exact location and purpose of every structure of possible military importance – and would have provided Russian leaders with the directions of exactly how to get to your house by tank…

It is so detailed that the KGB – the Soviet Union’s secret police – knew the width of Ipswich’s roads, the height of the town’s bridges, the depth of our rivers and the names of our streets.

Evening Star (Ipswich’s ‘tabloid’) journalism par-excellence.  But I have to say, the thought that little old Ipswich could have been a Soviet target still seems a little incredible.  ‘Structures of possible military importance…’?

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