Cold War Story Briefs

Former allies, America and the USSR fought a "Cold War" after the end of WWII. In 1962, their disagreements nearly caused a nuclear catastrophe. This collection explores the far-reaching impact of their disputes and rivalries.

After the fall of Saigon, South Vietnam was taken over by North Vietnam. This angered many Americans who seriously questioned why their country had go...

Glienicke Bridge is known as the "Bridge of Spies" because it was the place, during the Cold War, where all spies exchanged between East and West were...

"Gulag" tells the story of Soviet forced-labor camps, and their prisoners, during the Stalinist age.

Although he was a committed Communist by the 1920s, Ho Chi Minh admired many American ideals. One of those ideals was the way the U.S. broke free from...

A real-life MASH unit, in Korea, gives rise to a popular CBS television show called M*A*S*H.

This image depicts a MiG-17, a Soviet-era fighter jet. It was the first Soviet-era fighter with an after-burning engine.

This plane was the Soviet Union's first supersonic fighter. It was the USSR's primary fighter jet during the last half of the 1950s.

The MiG-21 was a Soviet-era fighter-interceptor which was heavily used by North Vietnam against American planes during the Vietnam War.

Flying at about 68,000 feet, Francis Gary Powers thought he was invulnerable to any Soviet surface-to-air missile. To his surprise, and that of the Am...

Nikolai Getman (1917-2004) was a Ukrainian artist who served time as a forced laborer in Siberias Kolyma camps.

The Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb on August 29, 1949.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn's novel about life as a prisoner in a Stalinist forced-labor camp, in Siberia's GULAG, is based onhis own experience.

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