Die Atombomben der Bundesrepublik: An Oral History of Germany's Nuclear Weapons Program

Hmmm. The level of penetration might, if it were suspected, point the finger "eastwards" rather than anywhere else. Particularly when the depth of DDR penetration of the FRG is eventually discovered. True "foreigners" would generally not be able to get that level of detail from NATO/FRG. Possibly risky, at least after the fact - but that would be years afterwards, so not something that should occur to our conspirators at the time of the theft.

Perhaps the WADS system is introduced as a result of this event?
 
Hmmm. The level of penetration might, if it were suspected, point the finger "eastwards" rather than anywhere else. Particularly when the depth of DDR penetration of the FRG is eventually discovered. True "foreigners" would generally not be able to get that level of detail from NATO/FRG. Possibly risky, at least after the fact - but that would be years afterwards, so not something that should occur to our conspirators at the time of the theft.

Perhaps the WADS system is introduced as a result of this event?
This is 1972.....the socialist fatherland will last forever in their minds. And when 1989 does roll around, well lets just say there is a lot of story material I have to work with.
 
This is 1972.....the socialist fatherland will last forever in their minds. And when 1989 does roll around, well lets just say there is a lot of story material I have to work with.
Even if the Russians mess up Socialism, of course Germany will get it right and not succumb to the corruption of the USSR or the commercialism of the West!
 
Maybe they should hire this guy to steal the bomb?



Oh come on! Kelsey Grammar's voice is so good he could read out a shopping list and you'd be transfixed!
 
Another interesting factor could be the effect on the Main Task (Hauptaufgabe), I have read that some of these economic reforms was implemented because of pressure from USSR, and with Honecker deciding to get nuclear weapon, he may decide to continue Ulbricht’s economic policies instead (it’s unlikely that USSR will try to remove him, even if he did that). This would keep small and medium sized private companies around and avoid the shortages these economic reforms caused, and in general lead to a richer and better functioning DDR through the late 70ties and 80ties.
 
Hey, I was just wondering if I could find a good story before the year ends, and then I found your story! :D I'm really glad I did, it's well written, entertaining and the title of the chapters are hilarious but on point. Keep it up! I really wonder how they did steal the bombs...

PS: Is the Chancellor at the start Angela Merkel? Just wondering.
 
No but some songs like the panzerlied and westerwald were were removed irrc
And lots of Wehrmacht Souvenirs were banned from the barracks. But i am on her side with this. Wehrmacht and Reichswehr can not be rolemodel for a parlamentarian Army. And in my experience right wing extremism and Wehrmacht nostalgia are a great problem in the Bundeswehr.
 
Well... This is interesting, to say the least. I hope that we go and find out just how the Germans went on to steal those bombs. And, if the chancellor that is being told the story really IS Ursula Van Der Leyen, let's all hope that she's not stupid enough to go and use these things the next time someone looks weirdly at Germany...

But in all seriousness, though, this is perfect, and this could actually be a movie. I can see it, a movie based on a fictional East German Bomb Heist! I don't know who the actors could be for this one, but I would go on and say that, for sure, you got to have Jack Black in it. Most heist movies need to have a funny guy in them to take the heat out of it, you see... Keep it on!
 
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Sorry for the long blackout. Between the holidays and my terminally ill mother being in and out of hospital more than is usual for a few procedures, I've had my hands full. Things have finally stabilized, and there will be an update tomorrow. It's the beginning phases of 'The West German Job'. I have figured out what to do post-heist with this thing though....sorta. I'm also having a debate as to whether to move this more from a secret history timeline to a significantly noticeable POD in November 1983 (bonus points if you can figure out from that date what it involves). I may do a branching TL (Timeline A and B) and do both.

Also, here's a funny story about an infamous Trabant speed trap from Paul Gleye's Behind The Wall: An American In East Germany 1988-1989,

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Sorry for the long blackout. Between the holidays and my terminally ill mother being in and out of hospital more than is usual for a few procedures, I've had my hands full. Things have finally stabilized, and there will be an update tomorrow. It's the beginning phases of 'The West German Job'. I have figured out what to do post-heist with this thing though....sorta. I'm also having a debate as to whether to move this more from a secret history timeline to a significantly noticeable POD in November 1983 (bonus points if you can figure out from that date what it involves). I may do a branching TL (Timeline A and B) and do both.
Is it Able Archer '83?
 
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