The Russians Discover a Spy Tunnel in Berlin, 1956
"What a filthy trick!" A declassified CIA report describes an audacious incident of espionage during the Cold War.
The Hungarian Revolution, 1956
"I have been the witness today of one of the great events of history." The citizens of Budapest attempt to break the chains of Soviet occupation.
Video : Cold War Games
Video clip synopsis – The 1956 Melbourne Olympics took place at the height of the Cold War. Tensions between the USSR and the USA threatened to derail the Games.
Sites2See : This resource is a web page containing links to websites, video and other resources about the Korean War including Australia's role in that conflict. Links to background information about the United Nations and the Cold War are also provided.
This collection of digital curriculum resources focuses on the defections of Russian spies and Embassy officials Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov in 1954. It is organised in four categories - Vladimir Petrov's defection announced; scenes at Sydney airport; ensuring the Petrovs' safety in Australia; and the key political players in the Petrov affair. The collection contains photographs and documents but its highlight is Cinesound newsreel footage of the unfolding events.
Federal Parliament House, Canberra, is the scene of a world sensation. In the House of Representatives the Prime Minister announced that Vladimir Petrov, Third Secretary of the Russian Embassy, has approached Australian security men and sought asylum. This had been granted. The news of a spy ring which might involve Australian nationals shocked the nation.
Mr Menzies would make no comment, other than his statement in the house.
Look on Clickview for the following :
Reds : 1947-1953
The web sites below contain information about Australia's response to the threat of communism both in Asia after WWII and in Australia.
Discover how the Cold War turned hot for the first time, on the Korean peninsula in the early 1950s.
The US president's role in the stand-off that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. By Professor Ernest R May.
The reforms, rebellions and political machinations behind the dramatic collapse of the Soviet Union. By Professor Archie Brown
"From the Manhattan Project through the break up of the Soviet Union, more American veterans served as Cold Warriors than as soldiers, seamen or airmen of any conflict in American history."
The Cold War at Home and Abroad, 1945–1953”, chapter 9 from the book United States History, Volume 2 (v. 1.0).
SOVIET WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, 1979-1988
New World Encyclopedia: Soviet-Afghan War
George Washington University: Afghanistan - Lessons From the Last War
Note where it says 'Jump to Documents' - this will take you to valuable primary source material.
COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION, 1982-1991
HistoryOrb.com: The Collapse of the Soviet Union
(Good general introduction & overview of espionage)
Spyweb – Cambridge Spies & other spies
Wikipedia: US - CIA
YouTube: O.S.S. - U.S. - (O.S.S. later became CIA
ESPIONAGE - AUSTRALIA
Google search: Spy rings in Australia
Skwirk: Petrov affair
Google search: Israel – Mossad
Google search: Soviet Union & KGB
Google search: Britain - MI5 & MI6
(M.I.5 handles domestic espionage and M.I.6 handles espionage abroad. Includes Roger Hollis)
The Times: How MI5 spent 18 years hunting the spy it had already caught
Cambridge Spies | How Philby, Burgess, Maclean, Blunt and Cairncross were unmasked
Includes broadcast links
History Learning Site: Nuclear Arms Race
BERLIN BLOCKADE, 1949
Cold War Museum
Scroll down to 'Berlin Blockade' and 'Berlin Airlift'
KOREAN WAR, 1950-1953
John D. Clare.net: Korean War
VIETNAM WAR, 1961-1975
Infoplease: Vietnam War Spartacus SchoolNet: Investigating the Vietnam War
Very comprehensive page of links. Good starting point.
The Wars for Vietnam: an Overview
From Vassar College
CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS, 1962
Guide to Russia.com: Cuban Missile Crisis
National Air and Space Museum: Space Race
"...a rich archive of texts, images, maps and audio and video materials from the Soviet era (1917-1991). The materials are arranged by year and by subject, are fully searchable, and are translated into English."