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Ralph Pickard Publications about the MfS/Stasi, Spetsnaz and the KGB - Reference Library

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Ralph Pickard
 
 
Ralph Pickard is published author and Cold War collector.  He has authored three well received books titled STASI Decorations and Memorabilia Volumes I (2007), II (2012), and III (2018).  He has furthered authored a number of noteworthy combined history and artifact articles related to both the East German MfS (STASI) and the Soviet KGB. In addition to acquiring an extensive MfS collection, over the years he has broadened his collection and research efforts to include the KGB during the Cold War era.  His analysis of history and memorabilia of the KGB and MfS provides insight into how closely these two organizations and other foreign colleagues (including Warsaw Pact) assisted and worked with each other throughout the Cold War.
 
Articles published in 2020:

This article provides a short history of the GRU Spetsnaz during the Cold War.  This article goes on to provide a short background and history of a GRU Spetsnaz officer and his awarding of the Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR in second and third class during the Cold War.


https://stasidecorations.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/rmj-vol-7-1-feb2020-the-gru-spetsnaz-during-the-cold-war.pdf
 
Articles published in 2019:
 
This article provides a short background about the official anniversary of the MfS badges that were presented to members of the MfS during the founding month of the MfS organization.  This article further provides a short background and history of a MfS officer who received these anniversary badges during his career in the MfS.

https://stasidecorations.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/nov-dec-2019-mfs-anniversary-article-jomsa-1.pdf

This article provides a short background about the kidnappings that took place during the early period of the Cold War conducted by the MfS organization.  This article further provides a short background and history of a MfS officer who received a East German VVO medal for his activities related to a kidnapping operation in West Berlin.

https://stasidecorations.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/rmj-vol-6-1-feb2019-mfs-officer-kidnapping-and-awarding-the-vvo-medal.pdf
 
This short article provides background information and artifacts about the East German People’s Police WKM organization during the Cold War.
This article further illustrates about the 10th Anniversary badge of the Separate Training Center (OCU) presented in 1991 and the Chernobyl accident (April 1986) clean up participant badge.
 
https://stasidecorations.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/rmj-vol-6-2-may2019-the-wkm-the-chernobyl-clean-up-badge-kgb-ocu-badge.pdf
 
This article provides some insight about techniques taught by the MfS to identity counterfeit and forged documents.  The article provides some history and examples.

https://stasidecorations.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/rmj-vol-6-3-aug2019-your-papers-please-techniques-used-by-the-mfs-to-identify-counterfeit-and-forged-identity-documents.pdf
 
There two articles.  The first article provides a follow up review related to the HBO series Chernobyl that aired in May 2019.
The second short article provides background related to a MfS spy medallions and a short history on Ingeborg and Hans Heinrich Kummerow.

https://stasidecorations.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/rmj-vol-6-4-nov2019-ingeborg-and-hans-heinrich-kummerow-mfs-spy-medallions.pdf

This article provides a short background about the military side of KGB-Vympel, in this case the KGB/FSB Special Operations unit since the end of the Cold War.  This article is a follow up to the 2014 KGB in Afghanistan article.  This article goes on to illustrate a KGB/FSB-Vympel officer’s “Order of the Spetsnaz Veteran Star”.  

https://stasidecorations.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/kgb-vympel-jomsa-mar-apr-2019-70-2.pdf
 
Articles published in 2014:
 
This article provides a short background about the military side of the KGB, in this case the KGB Special Operations units during the Afghan War.  This article goes on to illustrate a KGB-Vympel officer’s active career operating in Afghanistan. 
 
 
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