“The Insider Prospective Of The Cold War”
SS310-09: Exploring the 1960s: An Interdisciplinary Approach Professor Aine Lorie
Unit 2 Essay
July 17, 2013
I recently conducted interviews with three soldiers of the United States Army pertaining to their views of the Cold War between the United States and The Soviet Union. The information I collected from the soldiers helped me prepare a special in-depth view of event told directly from their opinion of the events. The popular belief is that the cold war stared as soon as the Germans were defeated in WWII on 8 May 1945(Giangrecco 2009, pp32-34), however some Military Intelligence specialists and history buffs believe that the Cold War began on August 6th, 1945 when American Airmen Dropped Little Boy on the city of Hiroshima. When I asked the question of what the “Cold War” meant to the soldiers I received a few eyebrows raises and a few frowns as if I struck a nerve in them but without hesitation they began firing away their feelings of what the “Cold War” meant to them. Answers I received was a simple capitalism and communism from the late 1940’s to the early 90’s with the capitalist being the United States and the communist being the Soviet Union with the Russian wanting to rule the world and destroy the American way of life. It was the fear of Communism with some other the answers that were blurted out but can not be filled into this paper because of the expletives that were stated, after cleaning up the language if found out that the “Cold War” with answers like The Cold war was very important to the United States because of the political issues as well as the diplomatic issues before the war even started. The Cold War was named the Cold War because both side were to scared to make the first move to start the fight like two school boys daring each other to throw the first punch but instead of punch the nuclear weapons were the blows that the United States did not want...
References: Ogura, Toyofumi (1948). Letters from the End of the World: A Firsthand Account of the Bombing of Hiroshima. Kodansha International Ltd.
Bobbing Wayne Green U.S Army Retired 1964-1998 2 tours in Vietnam
Lt. Coronal Jason Serna U.S. Army 1998- Present Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan tours
Staff Sgt Artie Eugene Swift, Sr. U.S Army Retired 1963- 1996 1 tour of Vietnam
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