Animal Farm by George Orwell

Along with Orwell’s 1984, this book is one of the most important of the Cold War era.   Orwell was a socialist and not entirely unsympathetic to the political theories behind communism.  Instead of building bridges between the Soviet regime and the Western democracies, he wound up being one of …

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Meeting At The Elbe

In April of 1945 Soviet and American troops met in the middle of Germany in the town of Torgau on the Elbe River.   This meeting produced some great photo ops and the last “warm” moment between the two ideological camps for quite some time.   While there was a …

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Cold War Weaponry: Radar

While it may not be traditionally thought of as a weapon, radar was probably the most important defensive tool of the Cold War outside of the idea mutually assured destruction.   Both the United States (and our allies) and the Soviet Union (and her allies) were ringed by radar stations, …

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Total War

World War II played out a lot different from previous wars, as the battlespace not only happened at the front lines, but over the heads of the people back home working in factories, rail yards, power plants, docks and other parts of the industrial base that had great strategic value …

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Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam

Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt – all under one roof!   Well, maybe not at Potsdam.  The heads of state of the UK, US and USSR met three times during the course of the war to discuss war plans and the postwar world order.   These conferences not only brought them …

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May 9 – Victory Day

This one is slightly off our timeline, but last week Russia celebrated Victory Day, commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.  The Victory Day parade in Red Square has produced some of the most iconic imagery of the Cold War over the course of time and today is a …

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Alexander Nevsky

  The best way to describe this film is the 300 of the Soviet Union…and one of the most influential films of all time.   Although the film was made in 1938, the USSR knocked a thin coat of dust off of it and rereleased it in 1941 immediately following …

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Pearl Harbor Part II – Toppling Sleeping Giants

  When the Japanese attacked the American Navy at Pearl Harbor, that was only half of the story.   The other half is that they went after colonial possessions of Great Britain, the Netherlands and the United States in the Pacific (they had snatched French Indochina from the French a …

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