Articles tagged with: Cold War

History’s Unneeded Speeches

imageEarlier this week, the British Government released a draft of a speech Queen Elizabeth was to give at the commencement of World War Three. Echoing the words of Winston Churchill during the darkest days of World War Two, the proposed speech calls upon British resolve and urges “families [to] remain united and resolute” so that “our country’s will to survive cannot be broken.”

Book Review: Operation Overflight

Operation Overflight: The U-2 Pilot Tells His Story for the First Time

Francis Gary Powers with Curt Gentry
Holt, Rinehart & Winston – 1970

OperationOverflight_rgbOn May 1, 1960, Francis Gary Powers took off from an air force base in Pakistan on an overflight of the Soviet Union in a U-2 spy plane. Detected by Soviet radar over Sverdlovsk, Powers’ aircraft was targeted by many missiles and interceptor aircraft. Ultimately, Powers’ plane was struck by a near miss and he was forced to bail out over the Soviet Union. Standing trial in Moscow, Powers’ was sentenced to ten years of captivity and labor.

Powers spent 18 months in Soviet prisons after his capture. Upon his release to the United States, he received a luke-warm welcome and was criticized for his failure to destroy the aircraft and his failure to utilize a poisoned pin to kill himself and avoid capture. Powers was ultimately exonerated by the Central Intelligence Agency and commended for his performance. Years after his release, he was awarded the Intelligence Star.

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