The Cold War refers to the era that began after the end of World War II, and ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union. There is no exact start and end date, but it has become common to say that the Cold War started in approximately 1947 and ended in 1991. Much of the world fell under two main spheres of influence during this time; the Western Bloc (the United States of America and its NATO allies), and the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its allies in the Warsaw Pact). There was never direct conflict between the two main actors, but the era is marked by tension, espionage, and the policy of deterrence regarding the potential threat of a large-scale nuclear attack from either side.
The purpose of the American War Experience-Cold War collection is to document the stories of those veterans who may have served in between the conflicts highlighted in our other AWE collections (World War II, Korea, Vietnam), or those who may have served outside theatres of combat during those eras.
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