Communicating the Unthinkable


This is a blog where I share documents + artefacts from the Cold War. It focuses on British civil defence and 'domestic propaganda' from 1950-1990, with other bits thrown in from time to time.

It's written and edited by me, Taras Young. I collect this stuff. I try to post something new as often as I can, at least once a month.

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About this blog


I am Taras and I research and collect Cold War documents. That’s a photo of me going down into a nuclear bunker (specifically, Skelmorlie ROC Post).

This is my blog, which loosely focuses on British civil defence and ‘domestic propaganda’ from roughly 1950-1990.

If you want to find out a bit more about the reasons for its existence, please go back and read the first blog post.

I will try to post often as I can, with the aim of something new at least once a week.


To stay up-to-date, you can follow the blog on Twitter – @coldwaruk.

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