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    1966- NORAD- Blast Doors. buried deep within the solid granite of Cheyenne Mountain near Colrado Springs. NORAD stands for "North American Radar Air Defense". It served as the nerve center for all of the early warning systems that watched the skies for incoming bombers or missles during the Cold War.

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    You behave! - The stereotypical yankee capitalist is a common figure in propaganda posters. Here, he's trying to set fire to and bomb the Soviet Union, but a vigilant (and rather handsome) Soviet soldier is keeping watch. With the attitude of the soldier and the slogan, this poster gives a sense that the capitalists are nothing more than mischiveous little juveniles.

    American Imperialism - The World's Gendarm by Veniamin Briskin, 1968

    The Marshall Plan (officially called the European Recovery Program) was the United States' plan for rebuilding the countries of Western Europe after World War II. As well as rebuilding physically, The Marshall Plan also aimed to strengthen the economic foundations of these countries, and prevent future Communist activity. It was named after Secretary of State George Marshall, who gave a speech expressing his desire to assist the recovery in June 1947.

    Special warfare: area handbook for Cuba, June 1961. Special Warfare Area Handbook for Cuba is a response to the political and economic developments in Cuba since 1959, when Fidel Castro overthrew Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Prepared by the United States Foreign Affairs Study Division of the Special Operations Research Office, and published in June 1961, the handbook is a groundbreaking analysis of psychological warfare. Special Collections non-circulating book.

    President John F. Kennedy and Chairman Nikita Khrushchev during their meeting in Vienna, Austria.“, by Stanley Tretick, June 1961

    Equality, American Style, by N. Charukhin, 1969

    11 February 1950, President Harry S. Truman sends a reply telegram to Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose original telegram warns Truman that McCarthy has compiled a list of Communists within the U.S. State Department.

    McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. The term has its origins in the period in the United States known as the Second Red Scare, lasting roughly from 1950 to 1954 and characterized by heightened fears of communist influence on American institutions and espionage by Soviet agents.

    Teufelsberg: Abandoned Cold War Listening Station Built on an Artificial Hill ~ Kuriositas

    After the assassination of Kennedy, journalist Lisa Howard refused to cut her contacts with Castro, despite a CIA threat. In December 1964, she had a long conversation with Guevara at the United Nations. In a top-secret memorandum, her former contact at the CIA, Gordon Chase, mentioned the necessity to “remove Lisa from direct participation” in dealings with Cuba. She was fired from ABC News and died on the 4th of July 1965, at 33, officially by suicide, after having swallowed a hundred pills of phenobarbital.

    Cuban exile Felix Rodriguez, son of a former minister of Batista, was a key leader in the Bay of Pigs invasion. He later worked under the CIA in Nicaragua then in Bolivia, where he hunted down Che Guevara. He is here posing with Che on October 9, 1967, before having him shot (and keeping his Rolex watch as a trophy). In the 80s, Rodriguez was involved in the illegal support of the Contras of Nicaragua, for which he had frequent contacts with Vice-President George H. W. Bush.

    June 1961 — The Vienna Conference Early in his presidency, Kennedy mistook a procedural domestic speech about war against American imperialism from Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev as direct threats against America. This caused military tensions between the two superpowers to build up. To solve the tension, the two leaders agreed to a conference in neutral Austria. The conference did not end well in Kennedy's eye, however Khrushchev walked away convinced that Kennedy was willing to go to war if he had to, and took steps to calm things down.

    American President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev eased tensions between the two superpowers, leading to the end of the Cold War

    Mikhail Gorbachev was general secretary of the Soviet Union Communist Party from 1985-1991. He was also the first democratically elected President in 1990. He played a key role in dismantling the Communist grip on power in both the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. His aspirations for democracy and reform opened up the way for the end of the Cold War and the bringing down of the Berlin Wall.

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    Object 279 (Объект 279) was a Soviet experimental heavy tank developed at the end of 1959. This special purpose tank was intended to fight on cross country terrain, inaccessible to conventional tanks, acting as a heavy breakthrough tank, and if necessary withstanding even the shockwave of a nuclear explosion. It was planned as a tank of the Supreme Command Reserve.

    1949 cartoon by Herb Lock for the Washington Post after the USSR created the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance, Stalin's 'version' of the Marshall Plan

    Published one year after Stalin’s death, this poster reinforces the message that Soviet research and development of weapons and machinery is ongoing. Substantially funded by war reparations from Germany, the Soviets were able to build the MiG-9 Fargo turbo fighter in 1946 and the Yak-15 Feather attack aircraft in 1947. The red stars in the image above symbolise the pilot’s kill score.

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