The Cold War

By n29123
  • World War II ends in Europe

    Germany surrendered to the Allies and got out of the USSR territory, therefore ending the conflicts in Europe.
  • Map of Germany during the Cold War.

    Map of Germany during the Cold War.
    This is a map of Germany during the Cold War. East Germany was controlled by the USSR and West Germany was controlled by NATO but primarily the US. Berlin, the capital, was in East Germany, but was also divided into two. East Berlin was controlled by the USSR while West Berlin was controlled by NATO but primarily the US.
  • US Protests

    US Protests
    This is a picture of people in the US protesting during the Cold War. They are holding signs that talk about the missile crisis, the presidents, and the idea of peace or perish.
  • Truman Doctrine Announced

    The Truman Doctrine was announced.
  • Berlin Airlift begins (ends May 19, 1949)

    The US had to get supplies to their people who lived in West Berlin at the time on the USSR's side of Germany. Planes would come in and out and drop supplies for these people so they could live there.
  • NATO was formed

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed by US, Canada, and other countries against the USSR as a form of an alliance.
  • Communists Win Chinese Civil War

    China had a civil war which was communists against non-communists. The communists were supported by the USSR and eventually won the war.
  • China Political Cartoon

    China Political Cartoon
    This is a political cartoon of China during its Civil War during the Cold War. It shows Communism as the alligator which is devouring the idea of a democracy and Hong Kong which are the tiny people in its mouth. Helpless, the people try to hold the mouth open, but the alligator is too strong, and the Communists won the Civil War.
  • US fights North Korean forces

    North Korea and South Korea were fighting against each other. The US and other UN countries became involved and were fighting the North Koreans in an attempt to unify the two.
  • Josef Stalin (1878-1953)

    Following the death of Lenin, Josef Stalin took over the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, or the USSR. He led his people through World War II and defeated the Nazis. After the war, Stalin realized that in order to not have another country attack and kill his people, he needed to take over and control East Europe. The US did not agree with Communism, which is why Stalin and President Dwight Eisenhower fought against each other. Stalin fought for the Soviet Party until his death in 1953.
  • Warsaw Pact was formed

    The Warsaw Pact was formed which was between the USSR and other neighboring countries as an act against NATO.
  • Soviets launch first man‑made satellite

    The Soviets launched their first satellite, Sputnik. They were racing against the US and well, the Soviets won.
  • Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba

    In Cuba, a man named Fidel Castro led a revolt to overthrow the Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista.
  • Aug. East Germany builds Berlin Wall.

    East Germany, taken over by the Soviets, built a wall in the capital city of Berlin to keep the US people in West Berlin out.
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    This is a picture of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. This separated East Berlin from West Berlin which kept the US and USSR separated.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    A 13 day confrontation between the US and the Soviets concerning the Soviet missiles in Cuba.
  • China explodes its first atomic bomb

    China, a country recently out of a civil war, exploded its first atomic bomb.
  • U.S. commits combat troops to South Vietnam

    The US sends troops to fight the wars in South Vietnam.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

    Dwight D. Eisenhower was the president of the United States during the Cold War. Before being the President, he served in the military and even commanded the D-Day invasion in WWII. He opposed Communism which is why he disliked the USSR so much and went against them in every way possible. He negotiated to end the Korean War and wanted to end Communism and prevent it from spreading. He was the President from 1953 to 1961 and then died in 1969 at the age of 78.
  • Harry S. Truman (1884-1972)

    Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president of the US.Truman had been the VP for FDR and had the task of ending WWII when Roosevelt died. At the start of the Cold War, Truman wanted to contain Communism and not allow the USSR to spread it which is when he made the Truman Doctrine. This supported those who opposed Communism all around the globe. But, his failure to lead the US to victory in the Korean War was when he went down. He served until 1953. He died in 1972 at the age of 88.
  • South Vietnam falls to Communist forces

    South Vietnam, fighting alongside the US troops for a while, fell to the Communist forces which ended the war.
  • Graph for the Number of Warheads

    Graph for the Number of Warheads
    Graph of the Number of Warheads between US and USSR during the cold war.
  • Graph of USSR Population

    Graph of USSR Population
    This is a graph of the USSR's population during the Cold War.
  • Video: Cold War in under 9 minutes

  • Video: How the Cold War Happened

  • US Propaganda for the Cold War

    US Propaganda for the Cold War
    This is a propaganda poster the US had to show what would happen if the US would fall to Communism. It was effective in keeping Communism from spreading to the US.
  • Soviet Union Propaganda

    Soviet Union Propaganda
    This is a propaganda poster the Soviet Union had which shows a red iceberg and gravestones with countries on it. This shows all the countries that have fallen to Communism.
  • Technological Advance: Spunik

    Technological Advance: Spunik
    The Soviets launched the first ever satellite to circle the Earth. It was called Sputnik I. This changed the era because the first satellite allowed for us to find out many new things about our Earth and the universe. Sputnik I called for better satellites, rockets to take us to the Moon, and eventually to Mars. It caused great technological advances in our time today and a better understanding of how the Earth and space works.
  • U.S. and China establish diplomatic relations

    After the civil war in China and its fall to communism, the US and China settled their relations and decided not to go to war with each other.
  • Map of the Alliances during the Cold War

    Map of the Alliances during the Cold War
    This map shows the Warsaw Pact members who were pro communism (red) and the NATO and later joining NATO members (light and dark blue).