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Cold War in a Cold Place

Jerry Hanks (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-2707-9 ©2005
Price: $11.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 112 pages
Category/Subject: HISTORY / Military / General

The true life stories of the American troops who protected the skies of northern Japan while battling the endless snows of a frigid winter climate.

In the perilous years which followed the end of World War II, the world stood on the edge of nuclear disaster as East faced West in what quickly became known as the “Cold War.” To guard against a sneak attack by air, radar outposts were hastily erected across the northern reaches of the Free World as a front line for detection and early warning. “Cold War in a Cold Place” is the story of the American troops who manned these outposts in northern Japan, where the mountainous snows and sub-zero cold proved as formidable as the enemy itself.

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Customer Reviews

  I was there , 09/19/2005
Reviewer: Patrick Wise
An intriguing account of life in the radar outposts in northern Japan in the decade following World War II. It includes a brief overview of the political events during that time, a history of the 511th AC&W Group and its predecessors, a description of the living and working conditions, and a series of fascinating personal reminiscences by some of the men who served there. I can personally attest to its accurate portrayal of what life was like on these remote radar sites because I served at Detachment 28 in Abashiri from November 1954 to January 1956. This book will appeal to anyone with a interest in radar operations during the Cold War, and most especially those who served in northern Japan

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  Nobody Knew , 09/25/2006
Reviewer: John Richter
Although the tour of duty was only a year, I was a member of the 848th AC&W Squadron from 1955 through 1958. I stayed because what we were doing had to be done, by someone. Mr. Hank's account of the Aircraft Control & Warning operations in northern Japan during the 1950's tells the stories of young people, just kids, who knew they were doing something important, they just couldn't say why. In many ways, AC&W was the finger in the dike. When I finally did get back to the ZI, it was apparent that nobody knew where I had been, or why Americans were sent there in the first place. Mr. Hank's book helps fill that historical void. Anyone interested in learning more about how the "Cold War" was kept away from our shores, and who did it, must read this book.

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