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My cozy armchair [in the bunker] felt like a red-hot frying pan and my legs went limp. I felt like I couldn't even stand up. That's how nervous I was.
He is credited with preventing a nuclear holocaust during the Cold War. He was the duty officer monitoring a Soviet early warning system from a bunker near Moscow In September, 1983, when the radar screen suddenly appeared to show a missile inbound from the United States. He ordered his subordinates not to panic, while the alert siren blared. A message on the main screen reported that four more ...