The Cold War

Timeline created by tim.quigg
  • Winston Churchill delivers “Iron curtain” speech

    Winston Churchill delivers “Iron curtain” speech
    he made this 9 months after not being reelected as British prime minister while traveling with us president harry Truman on march 5, 1946. Churchill said “"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent." Regarding the ussr being a threat to democracy. This is seen as the start of the cold war
  • Truman Doctrine established

    Truman Doctrine established
    the doctrine grew from when George Kennan, US ambassador in Moscow made a telegram on the soviets growing power. This needed to be stopped when the us believed if Britain removed troops from Greece they would fall to communism. America went on the idea that citizens should apply to the statement “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.”.
  • Marshall Plan is Announced

    Marshall Plan is Announced
    The Marshall Plan was the primary plan of the U.S for rebuilding and creating a stronger foundation for the allied countries of Europe, and repelling communism after World War II. The plan was in operation for four years beginning in July 1947. With the plan in place every European country’s economy raised except Germany well past prewar levels.
  • NATO ratified

    NATO ratified
    to prevent western European cities from being weak compared to the soviets iron curtain, 12 country’s teamed together making the North Atlantic treaty Organization. The members were Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Portugal, Italy, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Together each country agreed to all aid in any military selfdefense to prevent the growth of communism.
  • Berlin Blockade Begins

    Berlin Blockade Begins
    the first major crisis of the cold war when the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies' railway and road access to the sectors of Berlin under Allied control. This was to make the Soviets their main source of resources. “The United Kingdom's Royal Air Force and the recently independent United States Air Force flew over 200,000 flights in one year, providing 13,000 tons of daily necessities such as fuel and food to the Berliners
  • Mao Zedon a communist takes control of china

    Mao Zedon a communist takes control of china
    Mao is elected and decides that they will be under the communist party of china. “Mao and his communist supporters had been fighting against what they claimed was a corrupt and decadent Nationalist government in China since the 1920s”. mao said "Our state system of the People's Democratic Dictatorship is a powerful weapon for safeguarding the fruits of victory of the people's revolution and for opposing plots of foreign and domestic enemies to stage a comeback. We must firmly grasp this weapon."
  • Joe McCarthy begins communist whitch hunt

    Joe McCarthy begins communist whitch hunt
    McCarthy had a terrible fear of communism in American and created a list of 205 known American communists. He interrogated people ruthlessly for 2 years and multiple said "Communists" had been wrongfully killed. The fear of communism is now known as McCarthyism.
  • Korean War begins

    Korean War begins
    North Korea heavily invades South Korea. America jumped in on the fighting and fought a bloody war for 3 years. The soviets assisted in creating North Korea a communist power.
  • Rosenberg executions

    Rosenberg executions
    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were caught giving information to the soviets. Top secret info involving the building of nuclear missiles was given away. Although the court found the evidence strong enough for a conviction, the ruling and the Rosenberg's death sentence became a controversial topic among the American public.
  • Warsaw pact formed

    Warsaw pact formed
    a pact was signed by 7 European countries to have the soviets their commander and serve for their military. The pact consisted of Soviet Union, Albania, Poland, Romania, Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Bulgaria as members. after signing they became known Satellite nation
  • Soviet invasion of Hungary

    Soviet invasion of Hungary
    after hungary started a nation wide revolt denying communism. Starting from moscow a large joint military operation consting of all sides of the Warsaw pact invaded. over 2,500 hungarians lost their lives when only 700 casualties for the soviets
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