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Delve into the rivalry that brought the world's superpowers to the brink of disaster.The Cold War is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on July 13, 2000.The Cold War is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Cold War on demand atAmazon Prime, History Vault, The Roku Channel online.

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1 Season, 12 Episodes
July 13, 2000
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  • Take a look inside America's Office of Strategic Services, the famous U.S. World War II intelligence and sabotage agency (and precursor of the CIA) established by William J. Donovan.

  • Created by President Harry Truman, the CIA became a global agency for collecting and evaluating intelligence through covert action. Learn its fascinating Cold War story and its changing role in the post-Cold War world.

  • Take a closer look at the many technologies needed for the United States' U-2 spy plane and the Soviets' SA-2 surface-to-air missile to meet on May Day 1960.

  • By the mid-1930s, Soviet Armed Forces ranked with the world's most modern - but a purge of senior officers would have disastrous consequences. Then, a look at the failed 1991 coup against Mikhail Gorbachev.

  • Review the shooting down of South Korean commercial airliner KAL 007 by Soviet fighters after Moscow claimed it had strayed into their airspace.

  • Deep within the former Soviet Union lays a classified subterranean world of Cold War secrets. Join host Don Wildman as he ventures behind the Iron Curtain to reveal how the Soviets really prepared for a nuclear war.

  • A disillusioned Soviet colonel volunteers his services to the CIA and discovers the trump card in a deadly game of nuclear politics; a CIA officer sneaks Stalin's only daughter out of Soviet-friendly India.

  • Take a look back at two colossal miscalculations: the attempt by U.S. Special Forces to rescue hostages in the U.S. Embassy during the Iranian Revolution in 1980, and the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion against Castro.

  • Learn about the history and reach of the Komitet Gosudarstvennoe Bezopasnosti (Committee for State Security), the agency of the former Soviet Union responsible for state security from 1954 to 1991.

  • One of the former Soviet Union's greatest espionage operations ended in 1951 when two young English diplomats at the British Foreign Office were revealed to have spent a decade funneling secrets to the KGB.

  • Mine formerly guarded vaults and archives around the world to reveal untold stories about the brutal life and catastrophic death of the Berlin Wall, a central symbol of the 20th century's longest and deadliest war.

  • In WWII, the U.S. stayed ahead of the Soviet Union in the race for atomic bombs, but the Soviets' genius for espionage allowed them to acquire atomic secrets of their own.