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Military.com Remembers the Cold War


Overview presents articles and resources that provide a closer look at key moments in the Cold War from leading scholars, journalists and authors.

Admiral Hyman G. Rickover: Taking the Atom Under-sea -- Adm. Hyman Rickover fathered the nuclear navy and transformed an aging fleet of diesel WWII-era submarines into the force that brought new meaning to the old adage, "silent but deadly."
Assault Brigade 2506 and the Bay of Pigs -- When the men of Assault Brigade 2506 left the coast of Florida on the night of April 16, 1961, they thought they were sailing to wrest their homeland back from the grip of Castro's Red menace. Instead, they sailed into one of the most misunderstood and vilified chapters of American Cold War foreign policy. 
Atomic Airpower -- Just one aircraft in history carried this tail marking showing the now-familiar symbol for radioactivity.  Read more about it and its contributions to the Cold War in this Military.com exclusive look at attempts to build atomic-powered aircraft during the Cold War.
Atoms Explode -- This pictorial  lets users browse photos of atomic tests prior to 1963.

B-29 in Korea -- In spite of the daunting threat of enemy jet fighters, Boeing B-29s served throughout the Korean War.

Bay of Pigs -- An obsession with 'plausible deniability' doomed the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion from the outset.

Bomb that Ended WWII -- "We started an approach [to Nagasaki], but Beahan couldn't see the target area. Van Pelt, the navigator, was checking by radar to make sure we had the right city . . . At the last few seconds, Beahan yelled into his mike, 'I've got a hole! I can see it! I can see the target!'"

Cold War Documents -- Browse some of the most influential speeches, treaties and agreements that shaped the Cold War

Cold War Gallery -- Browse pictures documenting the American Cold War experience.  Contribute your own.

Cold War Resources -- A collection of research material and resources exploring all aspects of the Cold War.

Defining the Jet -- While jets were being developed as far back as the late 1930s and throughout World War II, the Cold War accelerated jet aircraft development without a shot being fired in the 1940s.  Legends like Chuck Yeager and John Glenn are just two of the many men who had the "right stuff" when test pilots were first exploring the wonders of jet flight.

Devotion to the Chief -- President Harry S. Truman relied heavily on Dean Acheson for his most significant foreign policy achievements.

Francis Gary Powers: One Man, Two Countries and the Cold War -- The shootdown of Powers was one of the many examples of when the Cold War turned hot.

Greatest Battle Never Fought -- The invasion of the Japanese home islands promised to be the largest and costliest amphibious assault in history, but the atomic bomb reduced Operation Downfall to a footnote.

In Civil Defense: More than 'Duck and Cover' -- For many Americans, civil defense became a way of life during the Cold War.  From in-home fallout shelters to city-wide evacuation plans, civil defense became part of the calculations behind the Cold War.  This Military.com exclusive looks at its rise and fall in America.

Missile Early Warning: Peeking over the Curtain -- While missiles, nuclear warheads and long-range bombers are often the most talked about features of the Cold War, the development of reconnaissance and surveillance satellites played perhaps an even bigger part in the outcome of the Cold War.

Missile with a Man in it -- The breathtakingly sleek Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was designed for a purpose that was too far ahead of its time.

Operation Ivy Bells -- Off the Soviet coast, U.S. submarines maintained a sensitive eavesdropping mission, only to be sold out by espionage.

Operation Vittles -- More than fifty years ago, a massive airlift into Berlin showed the Soviets that a post-WWII blockade would not work.

Run Silent: The Birth of a Nuclear Navy -- In the years following World War II, the U.S. Navy found itself with an aging fleet of diesel submarines ill equipped to deal with the new rules of a new type of war, the Cold War.  In secrecy and stealth the submarine became the sentinel and remained vigilant for any rumbling of the Soviet bear.

Taking the Atom Undersea -- Adm. Hyman Rickover fathered the nuclear navy, transforming an aging fleet of diesel WWII-era submarines into the force that brought new meaning to the old adage, "silent but deadly."

Thermonuclear Legacy -- Since its only use in war 50 years ago, the atomic bomb has had a far-reaching impact on the course of military history and the global experience as whole.  Beyond their role in the Cold War, nuclear history has helped shape this country.  This Military.com exclusive takes a closer look at our nuclear legacy as it relates to the American military experience - from testing to top-secret weapons.

Tibbets:  Paul Tibbets, Enola Gay, and the Bomb -- The pilot of Enola Gay can claim many more credits than the mission to Hiroshima. He led the first daylight raid against Nazi-occupied France, led the first American 100-aircraft raid against the Axis powers, and pioneered the B-29 test project.

U2: Mayday for the U2 -- After a Russian missile made "just one more" U.S. spy plane flight the last, American pilot Gary Powers found himself facing KGB interrogators in Moscow while Dwight Eisenhower faced possible embarrassment at home.

X-Jets: Experimental Bombers of the Cold War -- This pictorial looks at the good, the bad and the ugly experiments in bomber design during the Cold War.

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