Russian Spies and Saboteurs in Lincolnshire
Don’t panic folks, well not just yet anyway, we’re winding back the historical clock of Lincolnshire but not as far as normal.
I’m aiming for an investigation here so all aboard for the Cold War . . .
It’s a fact that part of the nuclear stand-off between Russia and the West involved the establishment of Communist sleeper units here in the UK which were intended to act as saboteurs in the event of a nuclear conflict or as a prelude to a nuclear strike by Russia - Red Fifth Columnists if you will.
Groups of British Communists ‘agents’, including member of the British Communist Party, Labour Party Members and Union Officials, were organized, trained and given appointed targets by Russian Agents.
These included military and air bases but also communications centres and anything logistically connected to the defence of the country in the event of attack.
Lincolnshire has long been at the heart of the Defence of the Realm for many a year and two World Wars.
This naturally extended to the Cold War and the Nuclear Age.
There were extensive nuclear facilities of all kinds here in Lincolnshire so it seems an inescapable conclusion that given the two facts mentioned above almost surely merged - that is to say . . .
There must surely have been Communist Sleeper Groups here in Lincolnshire, organized and trained by the KGB and the GRU - the Russian Secret Service
MI5 have found buried transmitters near nuclear sites and uncovered agents, moles and activists who’ve confessed to being part of such cells.
Many had plans that involved meeting members of the Russian Navy who would supply explosive devices at secluded shore meetings.
It is also known that Russian Spies organized arms caches for these groups to access as and when instructed to.
I’ve tried to capture the spirit of things above, with enough known fact to give a proper overview but hopefully not droned on overly.
The interesting thing I’d like to get to the bottom of is . . .
What do know of anything directly connected to Lincolnshire.
Are there any references out there anywhere which connect Cold War Russian espionage and spies and places in Lincolnshire.
Does anybody have any anecdotal information or theories connected to this.
I know there are people who regularly visit the site who have served at Nuclear Air Bases during this period, I wonder what they may know or have been warned of.
I find this part of history truly fascinating, I hope some of you share it also, if not perhaps you’ll give it a chance or indulge me
Related: When I Lived as a Cold War Spy!