Cold War: Sex, Spies and Nuclear Missiles by Dan Sharp

By Dan Sharp

Chilly battle: intercourse, Spies and Nuclear Missiles is the tale of england through the most threatening years of the worldwide nuclear standoff – while the kingdom stood beside the USA opposed to the may possibly of the USSR.

At the peak of Britain’s chilly warfare, the Conservative executive used to be dealt a deadly blow by means of a intercourse scandal related to the struggle minister, glamorous younger version Christine Keeler and a Soviet secret agent. The nation’s first nuclear submarine was once introduced and the Polaris missile process used to be acquired. US president John F. Kennedy used to be assassinated, the Vietnam battle escalated, the good teach Robbers performed Monopoly with actual funds, Sean Connery was once James Bond in From Russia With Love and Kim Philby was once named because the ‘third man’ within the Cambridge undercover agent Ring.

Now chilly warfare: intercourse, Spies and Nuclear Missiles, that includes a brand new foreword penned through Keeler herself, exposes the spies, unearths the scandals, examines the bombs, the plane and the tanks, and delves into the too frequently overlooked heritage of Britain’s years because the 3rd worldwide nuclear superpower.

Dan Sharp has labored as a information journalist for 15 years, focusing on politics, crime and armed forces historical past. established in Nottinghamshire, he writes for and edits a number of guides.

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Teams of scientists and military intelligence officers were sent in right behind the Red Army to scour Berlin for the technology and they succeeded in capturing both scientists and a stockpile of uranium. Unfortunately most of the key figures in German atomic research ultimately ended up in the hands of the Americans. Nonetheless, the Soviet atomic programme benefitted hugely from both German research and the uranium in particular and also from spies within the joint American, British and Canadian Manhattan Project.

The ARVN soldiers died as they tried to escape. Davis, in the cab, grabbed his rifle and leapt out, firing off a few rounds before he was shot in the head. Years later, President Lyndon B Johnson would describe him as “the first American to fall in defence of our freedom in Vietnam”. 33 Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk, burns himself to death on a Saigon street on June 11, 1963, in protest at the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. This iconic image by Malcolm Browne won a Pulitzer prize and horrified President Kennedy.

44 THE COLD WAR SEX, SPIES AND NUCLEAR MISSILES The defence of the Soviet Union against attacking enemy bombers, the defence of Soviet bombers against attacking enemy fighters and the defence of Soviet interests in any conflict where nuclear weapons were not an option largely fell to the USSR’s legion of jet fighter squadrons. Between the end of the Second World War in 1945 and the events of 1963, the Russians had faced the same desperate race to arm themselves with modern jet fighters as every other would-be world power.

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