COLD WAR TIMELINE

February 4th - 11th 1945 / Yalta Conference
Meeting between Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin to decide what would happen at the end of the war. Topics discussed included - 1. Partioning of Germany 2. Fate of Poland 3. The United Nations 4. German reparations
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May 8th 1945 / V E Day (Victory in Europe Day)
Victory in Europe as Germany surrenders to the Russian army
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July 17th - August 2nd 1945 / Potsdam Conference
The Potsdam Conference formally divided Germany and Austria into four zones. It was also agreed that the German capital Berlin would be divided into four zones. The Russian Polish border was determined and Korea was to be divided into Soviet and US
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August 6th 1945 / Hiroshima
The United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima
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August 8th 1945 / Nagasaki
The United States dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki
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August 14th 1945 / V J Day ( Victory over Japan Day)
The Japanese surrendered bringing World War Two to an end
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September 2nd 1945 / Vietnam Independence
Ho Chi Minh proclaimed Vietnam an independent republic
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March 5th 1946 / Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech
Churchill delivers his "Sinews of Peace" speech which contain the famous phrase "...an iron curtain has descended on Europe"
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March 12th 1947 / Truman Doctrine
President Truman promised to help any country facing a Communist takeover
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June 5th 1947 / Marshall Plan
This was a programme of economic aid offered by the United States to any European country. The plan was rejected outright by Stalin and any Eastern Bloc country considering....
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June 5th 1947 / Marshall Plan continued...
....accepting aid was reprimanded severely. Consequently the aid was only given to Western European countries
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September 1947 / Cominform
The USSR set up Cominform (Communist Information Bureau) which was the Information Bureau of the Communist and Workers' Parties responsible for the creation of the Eastern Bloc
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June 1948 / Formation of West Germany
The Frenc, USA and UK partitions of Germany were merged to form West Germany
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June 24th 1948 / Berlin Blockade
Russia's response to the merger of the French, USA and UK partitions of Berlin was to cut all road and rail links to that sector. This meant that those living in Western Berlin had no access to food supplies and faced starvation. Food was brought....
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June 24th 1948 / Berlin Blockade continued...
to Western Berliners by US and UK airplanes, an exercise known as the Berlin Airlift
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May 1949 / End of Berlin Blockade
Russia ended the blockade of Berlin
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Victory in Europe as Germany surrenders to the Russian army

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May 8th 1945 / V E Day (Victory in Europe Day)

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The Potsdam Conference formally divided Germany and Austria into four zones. It was also agreed that the German capital Berlin would be divided into four zones. The Russian Polish border was determined and Korea was to be divided into Soviet and US

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Card 4

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The United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima

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The United States dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki

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