A Brief History
The Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 was a face-off between the US and the USSR over the Soviets stationing nuclear missiles in Cuba, close to the American mainland. After two weeks of negotiations and nearly causing a nuclear war, national leaders reached a deal where the Soviets would remove nukes from Cuba and the US would remove nuclear missiles from Turkey and possibly Italy.
Despite debate about taking drastic military action and nearly disastrous confrontations between US and Soviet forces, the crisis was resolved in a mutually agreeable manner, not the victory for the US portrayed by the American government and press.
Anderson’s U-2 was shot down by a Soviet SA-2 missile at high altitude, probably over 60,000 feet high. Other U-2 flights over Cuba were untouched by missiles.
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For more information, please see…
Carradice, Phil. The Cuban Missile Crisis: Thirteen Days on an Atomic Knife Edge, October 1962. Pen and Sword Military, 2017.
Dabrowski, Krzysztof. Hunt for the U-2: Interceptions of Lockheed U-2 Reconnaissance Aircraft over the USSR, Cuba and People’s Republic of China, 1959-1968. Helion and Company, 2020.
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