Origins of the Cold War '45-'55


Yalta Conference

February 1945

Germany Surrendered

May 1945

Potsdam Conference

July 1945

US drops Atom Bomb on Japan

August 1945

'Iron Curtain' speech

March 1946

Truman Doctrine

March 1947

Marshall Plan announced

June 1947

Given out in 1948

Cominform set up

September 1947

Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia

Feb 1948

Yugoslavia expelled from Cominform

June 1948

Accepted Marshall Aid

Berlin Blockade Begins

June 1948

NATO formed

April 1949

Berlin Blockade lifted

May 1949

Due to success of the Airlift

North Korea invades South Korea

June 1950

US tests hydrogen bomb


USSR tests hydrogen bomb


The Thaw/Peaceful Co-existance

1953 - 1956

Stalin dies

March 1953

Korean War ends

July 1953

38th Parallel (where it started)

Khruschev becomes Soviet Leader


Warsaw Pact

May 1955