Corruption to Communism (04:37)
Imagine if the Cuban Missile Crisis turned into a global thermonuclear war. Three landmark events occurred to determine the outcome: Fidel Castro landing in Cuba, a U2 spy plane discovering nuclear devices, and a Soviet submarine commander almost launching an attack. Colonel Batista becomes the head of state; vices run rampant until Castro commands a rebellion.
Memory of Humanity (04:22)
The U.N. embargo on arms sales leads to South African citizens questioning the Apartheid regime; the U.S. placed a blockade on Cuba. Nikita Khrushchev sends oil to help fight against America. The North Atlantic Trade Organization creates tension during the Cold War.
Deposing Castro (04:19)
America and the Soviet Union develop ballistic nuclear missiles from satellites and atomic bombs. U.S. soldiers land at the Bay of Pigs to overthrow Castro's government. Khrushchev orders Operation Anadyr to commence in order to defend Cuba.
Cold War Crisis (03:52)
Countries threaten nuclear war because it creates fear and respect. President John F. Kennedy receives intelligence that the Soviets are setting up R-12 missile launch ramps. U2 spy planes record operational missile sites and a naval blockade commences.
Third World War (02:24)
Submarines travel underneath the U.S. Navy to continue reinforcing Cuba. Robert Kennedy offers to remove missiles in Turkey in exchange for the Soviet Union withdrawing from Cuba. A Soviet commander does not follow procedure and refuses to fire on a warship.
Turning Point in History (05:36)
If the Soviet commander had launched the weapon, a nuclear war would have erupted. President Kennedy and Khrushchev reach an agreement. SALT 1 treaties limit strategic nuclear weapons.
Credits: The Cuban Missile Crisis (00:46)
Credits: The Cuban Missile Crisis
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