Cold War Superpowers

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Tensions skyrocketed after World War II as two Superpowers, the USA and USSR, no longer had a common enemy. The following period, known as the Cold War, spanned between the Yalta Conference in February 1945 to the end of Communism in December 1991. Despite the fact that no direct clashes occurred, both superpowers faced off ideologically in indirect skirmishes around the globe. On the American side, the country instituted a new policy regarding foreign affairs which found themselves in numerous third world conflicts that aggravated the American populace; all this was in addition to their intense race to be more prepared than the USSR for a war. When Specialist Robert Leroy Bailey enlisted in the US Army in 1965, he experienced the United …show more content…
They trained in Biological, Chemical, and Nuclear Warcraft. Training covered the usage of the weapon as well as the defense mechanism designed to protect the soldier. For example, when Russia developed nuclear weapons so the soldiers learned self-defense in case of nuclear attack or when Vietnam started using Agent Orange gas then the soldiers learned gas protection and cleaning procedures. In addition, positions filled for the jobs relevant to preparing for war – surveying and artillery specialists. They were responsible for calculating the US target launch points to hit different locations held by the USSR. War was the inevitable possibility for them. At some point, the citizen’s believed the standoff would heat up and bring about the Third World …show more content…
In 1961, the Soviets had issued a symbolic message by building the Berlin wall. It kept their people in and the other side out. According to Bailey, the Soviet had begun stirring up trouble as the United States stretched out their military with the number of wars. His unit travelled around Germany to prepare the launch points in case of war – he developed the series of locations along the Berlin wall that the US government could fire rockets. This had to be done out of the eyes of Germans and Russians. Residual Germany Nazism incited conflict between the West Germans and the US Americans. West Germans resented the presence of a foreign military in their country with many of them still holding onto their WWII time preferences. New youth detested the climate so much, that many desired to escape the country entirely. Issues occurred so often that US troops were banned from leaving without buddies to go into town. On the same note, the brigade operated quietly and sporadically to avoid the notice of USSR spies. Shifts on the launch points rotated on a random schedule to prevent information getting out. Additionally, many missions included a dummy site or sending out an individual to quietly assemble the missile sites. It fell into one aspect of the Arm’s Race between the USSR and US. Many attribute the non-combative nature of the Cold War

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