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> The Cuban Crisis, Nearly caused World War 3
DannyH
post 27th Aug 2012, 11:05pm
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Does anybody out there remember the Cuban Crisis in the early 1960's?

Those of us who were around in those days thought that we were heading for a nuclear war against Russia.

A convoy of Russian ships armed with nuclear weapons were heading for Cuba to set up a nuclear base in Cuba. The Americans said this would not be tolerated as nuclear warheads based in Cuba would be directly targeted at America. The Russian government refused to back down.

President Kennedy warned the Russians that if they didn't turn back, the Americans would take appropriate military action against them. The Russians kept going. I remember quite clearly that as the Russian ships got nearer to Cuba, we all went to work really worried, and I mean really worried, that World war 3 was imminent, and this would be a nuclear war!

As the Russian ships got closer to Cuba and near to the limit from Cuba that the Americans had set, our nerves were all jangling. I remember being at work in the drawing office at Weirs of Cathcart. We were all listening intently to the radio waiting for the big bang to occur. Suddenly there was a great sigh of relief and everybody shouted for joy when the news broke that the Russians had turned back!

The Cold war was still a Cold war. We could live with that!!!

Regards to all of my Cold War survivors.

Danny Harris
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post 28th Aug 2012, 03:06pm
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Good afternoon Danny. I remember that I was working in a sausage factory in Shettleston and it was all the talk of the Steamie at the time!! smile.gif

On the day when the ships were sailing to confront each other and the crisis was at its peak we were all glued to the radio listening to what was going on. The reports seemed to be all the same and this broadcast went on for ages but eventually we got the news that the crisis was over and we were all very relieved. I remember on the bus home we were making jokes about mushroom clouds but I can tell you that there were quite a few people gathered round the radio who had fear in their eyes that day.
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Dave Grieve
post 28th Aug 2012, 03:14pm
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It was a scary time especially when you remember that the Holy Loch would have been the Ruskies first or second target.
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post 28th Aug 2012, 03:18pm
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a wee bit history

Cold War chronology
  • 1945: A-Bomb dropped on Hiroshima + Nagasaki. USA ahead in the arms race.
  • 1947: Marshall Aid to the west of Europe. Stalin of USSR refused it for Eastern Europe.
  • 1948: start of the Berlin Blockade - ended in 1949
  • 1949: NATO established; USSR exploded her first A-bomb; China becomes communist
  • 1950: Korean War started.
  • 1952: USA exploded her first hyrogen bomb.
  • 1953: Korean War ended. USSR exploded her first hydrogen bomb. Stalin died.
  • 1955: Warsaw Pact created. 'Peaceful coexistence'; called for.
  • 1956: Hungary revolts against USSR. Suez Crisis.
  • 1957: Sputnik launched.
  • 1959: Cuba becomes a communist state.
  • 1961: Military aid sent to Vietnam by USA for the first time. Berlin Wall built.
  • 1962: Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • 1963: Huge increase of American aid to Vietnam.
  • 1965: USA openly involved in Vietnam.
  • 1967: Six-Day War in Middle East.
  • 1968: USSR invades Czechoslovakia.
  • 1973: Yom Kippur War.
  • 1979: USSR invaded Afghanistan.
  • 1986: Meeting in Iceland between USSR (Gorbachev) and USA (Reagan).
  • 1987: INF Treaty signed.


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post 28th Aug 2012, 03:49pm
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Can't forget that time! Rab was a wee sojer then, determined to defend this country against the Russian hordes. They soon chickened out when they heard I was ready for them! I remember we were issued with descriptions of Russian uniforms and rank structure, I presume so we knew who to salute when they appeared! Seriously, it was a very nervous time for us all as the Holy Loch would have been one of the first targets.


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post 6th Nov 2014, 10:00am
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I remember that crisis very well. My husband had not long been discharged from 12 years in the Navy and was still on the reserve list. He was warned to be ready to move at short notice and I was terrified. My childhood memories of WW2 came back to haunt me.


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Dave Grieve
post 6th Nov 2014, 12:13pm
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A few weeks ago we were talking about the 'cold war' and how we never knew at times if it would flare up into the real thing when my wife said "they were always frightening the life out of us" its just a simple sentence, but for youngsters today thankfully they don't have that constant worry that our generation lived with.
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post 6th Nov 2014, 12:35pm
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Just the worry that a terrorist might blow them up?
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post 6th Nov 2014, 12:37pm
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Or cut their heads off !.


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post 6th Nov 2014, 01:34pm
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Don't think a car bomb or sword is quite in the same league wink.gif
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post 6th Nov 2014, 02:09pm
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No, it's not the same Dave but it just so sad that there's still worry out there caused by the threat from others.

A few days ago I saw a warning from the government to be careful if travelling abroad and to stay in groups. Not great for lone travellers or those who are travelling because of work.
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post 6th Nov 2014, 02:25pm
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QUOTE (Betsy2009 @ 6th Nov 2014, 03:26pm) *
No, it's not the same Dave but it just so sad that there's still worry out there caused by the threat from others.

A few days ago I saw a warning from the government to be careful if travelling abroad and to stay in groups. Not great for lone travellers or those who are travelling because of work.



I have taken that warning to heart, and I will avoid England if possible. cool.gif


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post 6th Nov 2014, 03:07pm
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I'm going there in two weeks. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
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post 6th Nov 2014, 07:59pm
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Ah'....the Cuban missile crises....there wasn't a thing left on the shelves in shopping stores!...lol....I was in the U.S. Army during this time and things were treated very seriously...training was stepped up considerably....and a sigh of relief when it was over...anyone with a discharge date around this period was kept in for an additional 3 months....and among my medals and awards is a "Cold War" medal....chuckle!
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post 7th Nov 2014, 05:22pm
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QUOTE (Betsy2009 @ 6th Nov 2014, 03:24pm) *
I'm going there in two weeks. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Betsy just got home from cuba, caya coca. third time there and it wont be my last
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