For 45 years, Berlin was a divided city. As tensions rose between the USSR, who controlled the east of the city, and the British, French and Americans who controlled the west, the ideological conflict of the Cold War had a tangible impact on the lives of Berliners.
In 1961, the Berlin Wall became a physical barrier, dividing the city in half. Join Barney White-Spunner, Iain MacGregor and Dr Peter Johnston as they discuss the experiences of Berliners during the Cold War and the role that the British Army played while deployed in the city.
This conversation complements the National Army Museum’s special exhibition, Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945, which will be open to visit for free after the event.
About the speakers
Iain MacGregor has over 25 years’ experience as an editor and publisher of non-fiction, working with authors such as Jonathan Fenby, Simon Schama, and Max Hastings, to name but a few. He is the author of To Hell on a Bike: Riding Paris-Roubaix – The Toughest Race in Cycling and Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth.
General Barney White-Spunner has lived in Germany for several years and spent many months in Berlin. His previous books are Horse Guards (2006), the story of the British Household Cavalry; Of Living Valour (2015), the story of the British soldiers who fought at Waterloo; and Partition (2017), an international bestseller about Indian independence and the creation of Pakistan in 1947.
Dr Peter Johnston is Head of Collections and Research at The Royal Air Force Museum. He was previously Head of Collections Research and Academic Access at the National Army Museum where curated ‘Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945’. He is the author of British Forces in Germany: The Lived Experience. He has worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster.