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By: Paul McLean

Epitaph for Brezhnev

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Contained within the numerous items on display at the DDR Museum in Berlin is a brief though detailed account of a 1980 initiative on the part of the East German Politburo whereby the objective of this initiative was the seizure, by force, of West Berlin. Although the East German leader Erich Honecker and his colleagues in government were serious as regards to their incorporating West Berlin into East Germany, the Soviet Union, at that time, did not share the East German enthusiasm, due to the potential impact any invasion of West Berlin might have had on the Moscow Olympics and also because Brezhnev was conscious of Soviet presence in Afghanistan.

However, two years later, with Leonid Brezhnev close to death, there are shenanigans afoot involving his would-be successors. One of the gambits is a plan by Yuri Andropov to resurrect the Erich Honecker initiative and deliver West Berlin for the Warsaw Pact. How would the West respond if this audacious Andropov power grab strategy was put into practice?

Paul McLean was born in Liverpool.  He was a college lecturer for many years, working in England and Wales.

Paul has a variety of interests, from music – he has written numerous songs and was, along with a partner, offered a deal by MCA Records in 1983, which fell through due to unforeseen and tragic circumstances; he has also written a stage musical; creative writing – books and plays; the Kennedy assassination, which he has followed since day one; travel – he has undertaken three around the world trips. Politics, cinema, football and most sports are his other interests.

Paul has a degree in politics.

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