Early Cold War - University of Southern Mississippi
Early Cold War Lsn 28 ID & SIG: Bay of Pigs, Berlin Airlift, Berlin Wall, Cold War, containment, Cuban Missile Crisis, Greek Civil War, Hungarian Revolt, Kennan, NATO, Potsdam Conference, Prague Spring, Stalin, Warsaw Pact Agenda
The Cold War The Truman Doctrine and the Greek Civil War (1947) The Berlin Airlift (1948) NATO (1948) and the Warsaw Pact (1955) The Hungarian Challenge (1956) Bay of Pigs (1961) Berlin Wall (1961) Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) The Prague Spring (1968)
Cold War A state of political tension and military rivalry between nations that stops short of full-scale war, especially that which existed between the United States and Soviet Union following World War II
Potsdam Conference July 17 to Aug 2, 1945 By the time of the Potsdam Conference, Stalin had already installed communist governments in the central European countries under his influence Churchill, Truman, and
Stalin at Potsdam Marriage of Convenience If Hitler invaded Hell, I would at least make favorable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons.
Winston Churchill American Soldiers Liberate Paris Russian Soldiers Liberate Berlin 90,000 women reported being raped in Berlin Cant you understand it if a soldier who has crossed thousands of
kilometers through blood and fire has fun with a women or takes a trifle? Stalin responding to complaints of Red Army atrocities in Yugoslavia American and Russian Soldiers Meet at the Elbe River Apr 25, 1945 But, with the common enemy gone, the marriage
of convenience quickly dissolved. Europe divides; Cold War begins World War II Casualties
Country Soviet Union United States Great Britain Germany Japan France Italy Battle Deaths
369,267 7,250,000 140,000 400,000 66,716 Source: Information Please Almanac (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1988) Iron Curtain President Truman at the podium
with Winston Churchill in Fulton, Missouri where Churchill delivered his Iron Curtain speech Iron Curtain From Stettin on the Baltic to Trieste on the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of central and eastern Europe Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, and Sofia.
From what I have seen of our Russian friends and allies during the war I am convinced that there is nothing they admire so much as strength and nothing for which they have less respect than military weakness. Winston Churchill March 5, 1946 George Kennan and Containment Kennan was a Soviet expert and director of the State Departments Policy Planning Staff In the July 1947 issue of Foreign Affairs he
wrote an article under the pen name Mr. X titled The Sources of Soviet Conduct. He described the USSR as being driven by an aggressive and uncompromising ideology that would stop only when it meets some unanswerable force. George Kennan and Containment Kennan wrote that the US must adopt a policy of firm
containment designed to confront the Russians with unalterable counterforce at every point where they show signs of encroaching upon the interests of a peaceful and stable world.
Greek Civil War During the German occupation of Greece during WWII, the Communists and other parts of the Greek Left formed a resistance army called the National People's Liberation Army (ELAS) By 1944, ELAS controlled large areas of the country and continued to have
success against the British liberation force after the war Truman Doctrine On Feb 21, 1947, the British informed the US that they were pulling out of Greece. On March 3, the Greek government requested US aid. On March 12, President Truman announced the Truman Doctrine:
I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures. Harry Truman JUSMAPG
On 22 May, Truman signed a bill authorizing $400 million in aid to Greece and Turkey. By 1952, Greek forces would receive $500 million in US aid. Even more important was LTG James Van Fleet and his 350-man Joint US Military
Advisory and Planning Group. Grumman Avengers and Curtis Helldivers aboard the USS Leyte preparing for operations over Greece in 1948 Success Van Fleet set out to retrain and reorganize the
Greek Army and cut off the flow of supplies reaching guerrillas from Yugoslavia, Albania, and Bulgaria On Oct 16, 1949, Greeces Communist leaders announced a cease-fire As in Greece, the enemy strikes from sanctuary
Occupied Berlin Berlin Airlift In June 1948, the Soviet Union attempted to control all of Berlin by cutting surface traffic to and from West Berlin. The Truman Administration initiated a daily airlift which brought much needed food and supplies into West Berlin.
The airlift lasted until the end of September 1949 -although on May 12, 1949, the Soviet government had yielded and lifted the blockade. Berlin Airlift The maximum effort of the airlift was the Easter Parade on April 16, 1949 when 1,398 sorties (one landing in Berlin every minute) delivered 12,940 short tons.
Berlin Airlift NATO and Warsaw Pact In 1949 the US, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, and Portugal form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to provide collective security against Soviet aggression Provided a military and political complement to
the Marshall Plan Greece and Turkey joined in 1952 NATO admitted West Germany in 1954 and allowed it to rearm The Soviets respond by creating the Warsaw Pact in 1955 NATO and Warsaw Pact The Hungarian Challenge The most serious
challenge to the spreading Soviet control of eastern Europe came in 1956 when large numbers of Hungarian citizens demanded democracy and breaking ties with Moscow and the Warsaw Pact Massive street demonstrations ensued
The Hungarian Challenge The Soviets viewed these developments as a threat to their security system and sent tanks to Budapest to crush the uprising Hungarian dissidents appealed to the US for help, but short of fullscale war, there was really little the US could do Additionally, the recent British, French, and Israeli invasion of the
Suez had damaging Western credibility as non-aggressors Fidel Castro In the early 1950s Cuba was controlled by a moderate rightwing military regime that was friendly to the US government and businesses The US supported Fulgencio
Batista as an anti-communist and a proponent of the US in domestic and international policies However, in 1959 Fidel Castro was able to mobilize the disaffected rural peasants and topple Batistas regime A Cuban crowd listens to Castro after his takeover
Fidel Castro Castro assumed dictatorial powers and announced his goal was to create a society based on Marxist principles He nationalized largescale landholdings, sought economic aid from the Soviet Union, and tried to export revolution throughout Latin America
through peasant and urban guerrilla warfare Che Guevara directed many of Castros Latin American operations until he was killed in Bolivia in 1967 Bay of Pigs The US could not accept the presence of a revolutionary
Marxist government so close to its borders and President Eisenhower authorized planning for a force of anti-Castro Cubans to invade Cuba and overthrow Castro When Kennedy became president he authorized the invasion but stipulated that the US not be involved in the landing itself
Bay of Pigs The invasion took place at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961 and proved to be a disaster Instead of rallying to the
invaders, the local population supported the Castro government The failure embarrassed the US and weakened President Kennedy in the eyes of the Soviet Union However, it strengthened Kennedys personal resolve to act more vigorously in any future
crisis Castro helping to repel the invasion Berlin Wall By 1961 a steady flow of refugees to West Germany was hemorrhaging East Germany
In August the East Germans began construction of a wall to divide the cities of East and West Berlin Guards were ordered to shoot to kill Berlin Wall Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall Berlin Wall Berlin Wall Berlin Wall The Wall was 107 kilometers long and 4 meters high in most places.
About 100 people died trying to escape past the Wall The last was on June 2, 1989 Cuban Missile Crisis Castro feared the US would try again to overthrow him and he called for additional
support from the Soviet Union Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev responded by sending mediumrange bombers and missiles to Cuba to help defend Castro and threaten the US In Oct 1962, US spy planes discovered missile sites under construction
in Cuba Map used to brief the range of missiles and bombers being deployed to Cuba. Kennedys Response Kennedy responded decisively, demanding that the Soviets remove the
missiles and bombers or face their destruction by air strikes or invasion He also imposed a naval quarantine of Cuba Quarantine
The US destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy stops, boards, and inspects a dry-cargo ship of Lebanese registry under Soviet charter to Cuba on Oct 26, 1962 US Victory On Oct 28, Khrushchev agreed to remove the missiles Eyeball to eyeball, they blinked first.
Dean Rusk, US Secretary of State The Cuban Missile Crisis had shown the dangers of nuclear apocalypse in the bipolar world It was a major Cold
War victory for the US and a major loss of face for the Soviet Union and Khrushchev 1962 British cartoon showing Kennedy and Khrushchev arm wrestling on top of nuclear weapons Prague Spring In 1968 Alexander Dubcek launched a
democratic socialist revolution in Czechoslovakia known as the Prague Spring which promised to be socialism with a human face The Soviets feared such ideas could spread and threaten their control over Eastern Europe so they dispatched troops, along with Germany, Bulgaria, and Poland, to crush the movement Prague Spring Soviet premier Leonid
Brezhnev justified the action by the Brezhnev Doctrine, which reserved for the USSR the right to invade any socialist country that was deemed to be threatened by internal or external elements hostile to socialism The swift Soviet action in Czechoslovakia reasserted Soviet control over its
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