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Allies to enemies?

 USSR and USA were allies united against Nazi Germany.

 Once WWII ended, any friendship thawed.  Some suggest wartime alliance was just a necessity for both sides.

By 1962, the two allies were on the brink of nuclear war. 


 Following the Berlin Blockade (1948-49) tensions rose.

Saw creation of two alliances - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the Warsaw Pact.

Arms Race Race between the superpowers to try and build more weapons than


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