|Author: Reiner Helling, Dietmar Steinecker
Editor: BücherKammer – Medien Print Web
Size: 160 pages, b/w photographs throughout
|Paperback available from the Editor’s website|
|An exceptional resource book on the history of the secret atomic warhead depot Linda/Stolzenhain, codename Objekt 4000, and located about one hour driving south of Berlin. The only remaining of two Monolith-type sites originally built in the former GDR, Stolzenhain was built for and operated exclusively by the Soviet Army, who kept control over a massive nuclear arsenal stored on-site. Warheads were for theater missiles (mostly SCUD) and air-dropped tactical ordnance.
The site was built in the late 1960s, and operated until the late 1980s, when the Soviets started a slow retreat back to their home Country. The site was returned to unified Germany, and fell into private hands. While not open to the public and partly demolished, the core of the site – the bunkers – is still today in good shape.
The book tells much about the history of the Stolzenhain site, providing a technical insight, as well as a description of the working routine and way of life of the big Soviet staff once living in a dedicated village nearby, segregated from the German community.
One of a few books on the topic, it makes for a nice addition to any collection on the Cold War, GDR history, or nuclear war at large.
See pictures from explorations of Stolzenhain in this chapter.
|Author: Volker Eckart, Uwe Feldmann
Editor: Westarp BookOnDemand
Size: 142 pages, many b/w photographs and technical drawings
|Paperback available from Amazon in Germany
Can be purchased also from the Editor’s website.
|A very nice ancd compact book on the history of the Lychen-2 site – i.e. one of the two Soviet nuclear warhead bunkers for missile warheads in the territory of the GDR, also known as Objekt 4001. The site was built in the late 1960s roughly one hour driving north of Berlin and was close to Fürstenberg on the river Havel. Hidden in the trees, it hosted a couple of Monolith-type bunkers for hundreds of nuclear warheads. A top-secret installation, it was left behind by the withdrawing Soviet Army, who had exclusively managed it for two decades, in the late 1980s, after being emptied of all warheads and transportable technical gear. Back in the days of operations, it was home for hundreds of dedicated military staff, who lived in a secluded village nearby the bunkers.
The site was sadly demolished in the 2000s, and today only a few archaeological remains witness its existence.
This book is a nice portrait of the history of the site, with many details, technical information, and historical pictures. One of the very few titles covering this intriguing and almost completely unknown chapter of Cold War history.
See this chapter for photographs of the site as it looks like today.
|Author: David Donald, Daniel J. March
Editor: Airtime Publishing
Size: 196 pages, color photographs throughout
|Paperback available from Amazon in the UK|
|A very compact and easily readable resource on the aircraft carriers of the world. Printed in the same format of the acclaimed (and sadly long defunct) International Air Power Review, it covers with good encyclopedic detail the carriers in service (as of 2001). Older ones are covered at least in listings.
All in all, what you might expect from a good directory, with a quality and clarity of presentation from pre-Internet times, and today really hard to find. Really worth the very affordable price.
This was largely used for information reported in this chapter.