Cold War

Discover more about the Cold War and America’s military in the second half of the 20th century.

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Virginians at War Films

Virginians at War: The Cold War

Virginians at War: The Cold War covers the beginning of the Cold War with the Berlin Blockade in the late 1940s, the use of submarines and intelligence collection for both the United States and Soviet Union.

Resource packet for Virginians at War: Cold War coming soon.

Virginians at War: Cuban Missile Crisis

Virginians at War: Cuban Missile Crisis details the 1962 event, described as the “most dangerous moment in human history.”

Resource packet for Virginians at War: Cuban Missile Crisis coming soon.

The Missing Chapter: Saigon to Desert Storm

The Missing Chapter: Saigon to Desert Storm explains how the United States military recovered from Vietnam to face down the Soviet Union, win the Cold War, and achieve decisive victory in the Persian Gulf War.

Recorded Lectures and Lessons

If you are interested in scheduling a future lesson with the Virginia War Memorial Education Department (in person or via distance learning/outreach), please reach out to education@vawarmemorial.org.

Eyewitness to History: Cold War Recollections of a Naval Aviator

Aired June 16, 2020.
Join us for an interview with LCDR, USN (Ret) Robert Paylor as he describes his service during the Cold War and his personal recollections of Grenada and Beirut. In the early 1980s, LCDR Paylor piloted helicopters from the deck of the USS Guam. Come prepared to ask questions and learn more about this often forgotten period of history!

Resources and Activities

Cold War resources and activities coming soon.