Photos The Cold War

Cold War. West Germany. 1 June 1960. A Bundeswehr M48 Patton tank on maneuvers. [USAHEC photo RG124S]

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This young US Army M60 gunner has a very "steely" look!

Note the rough texture on the shell of his M1 helmet.

His M60 is on a pintle-mount in an M151 "MUTT".

West Germany, circa 1963.

(LIFE / Ralph Crane)

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M151 MUTT on the move!

This image conveys the sense of speed and movement very well.

Note the added side door and the pintle-mounted M60.

West-Germany, circa 1963.

(LIFE / Ralph Crane)

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C Troop, 1st Sqn, 14th Armored Cav Regiment, same MUTT on the right. Mission control boundary that separates Land Hesse and Land Bavaria in the West and Thuringia in the East "Iron Curtain". based at Downs Brk, Fulda ex Ludendorff Kaserne during WWII

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US Army tankers, West Germany, circa 1963.

The crewman with the binoculars wears a West-German made USAEUR tanker-helmet which itself was derived from the US Army's WW2 type

(Note the small canister probably containing ear-defenders attached to the shoulder strap of his field jacket)

These helmets were procured locally and were adapted to US standards pending the introduction of the new CVC "bone dome".
Two types were used...one with an aluminium shell and another with a fibre shell.
The receivers were held in place by snap-fastened, crossed elasticated straps and there was provision for a boom-mic.
Elvis, as Tulsa McClean wore similar one in the movie "GI Blues"!
(LIFE / Ralph Crane)

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Cold War. Northern Territory, Australia. May 1984. The Flightline at RAAF Base Darwin for Exercise Pitch Black 84, showing USAF F-4 Phantoms in the foreground.

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Cold War. Australia. 1980. A Mirage IIIO of No. 77 Squadron RAAF being loaded with a Matra R.530 short range air-to-air missile.

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Troops in British Nyasaland, 1959. The man on the right is wearing a Mk.III helmet, while that on the left is wearing a Mk.IV, told apart by the position of the rivets for the chinstrap. Photo by James Burke for Life Magazine

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Driving in perfect formation, BTR-152 wheeled APCs of the Soviet Army participate in a military parade in Red Square in October 1960 to mark the 43rd anniversary of the October Revolution.

The BTR-152 first entered service in 1950.

Essentially, it was a ZIL-157 truck chassis (which itself was derived from the Studebaker US6 supplied to the Red Army in huge numbers by the USA) fitted with a multi- faceted armoured body.

It had a long career as the standard infantry APC in the Soviet bloc until the adoption of tracked APCs like the BMP-1.

These BTR-152s are in typical parade order...overall glossy green with details picked out in white.

The Guards' insignia is displayed on the side.

The infantry squads sit at attention, AK-47s cradled across their chests in typical Soviet style.

(LIFE / Mydans)

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There are big guns and there are BIG guns!

The Soviet 2B1 Oka had an absurdly long 20 metre / 420mm (17") barrel which could hurl a 750kg shell some 45km.

The prototypes demonstrated its total impracticality...but it looked impressive trundling across Red Square during the 43rd Anniversary of the October Revolution in 1960.

(LIFE / Mydans)

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“USS John Young (DD-973) Underway in the Pacific Ocean on 1 May 1981, with her two 5-inch 54-caliber guns trained to port for a gunnery exercise. Photographer:pH1 Jeffrey L. Aswegan. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command NH 106892-KN” NHHC caption.

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During the Cold War the USAF's SAC B-52's regularly practised scrambled take-offs, getting airborne in as short a time as possible.

Their allies in the RAF did likewise.

Here, the pilots and crew race towards Handley Page Victor B.1 XH592 of XV Squadron, during a demonstration scramble at RAF Cottesmore, in June 1959.

The Crew Chief is ready on the intercom to the cockpit while a member of ground crew prepares to remove the chocks.

The crew are carrying their 'bonedome' helmets and flight bags.

(IWM)

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THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, 1950-1969 / Source IWM
Standing near Avro Vulcan B.1 XA896 at RAF Waddington, 21 August 1957 is Wing Commander A. D. Frank DSO DFC, Officer Commanding No 83 Squadron, and his crew. The crew consists of Flight Lieutenant C. E. Simpson DFC (Air Electronics Officer), Flight Lieutenant P. A. Ward (Co-pilot), Flying Officer G. H. P. Hulme (Navigator Radar) and Flight Lieutenant J. A. Williams (Navigator Plotter).
This crew was one of the three Vulcans and three Valiant crews selected to represent the RAF at the 1957 Strategic Air Command Bombing Competition at USAF Pinecastle, Florida.
Note the aircraft has not yet been painted in the V-Force's more familiar all-white anti-flash gloss, applied between the Summer and Autumn of 1957.

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THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, 1950-1969 / Source IWM
Avro Vulcan B.1 XA906 of No 83 Squadron is seen under-tow by a Douglas Sentinal Tugmaster heavy towing unit at RAF Waddington c. October 1957, a few months after the Vulcan entered service.

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