The Battle of the Potato Beetle

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In the summer of 1950, the East German government claimed that American planes were dropping potato beetles over their fields to try and sabotage their crops. But was this the truth.. or just a Cold War rumour? In collaboration with Germany's Memory of the Nation Association, Lucy Burns investigates for Witness.

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Wed 14 Aug 2013 07:50 GMT

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This programme was made with help from the Memory of the Nation project, an online resource for eyewitness accounts of German history (website in German).

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