60 Comments on "Day 3 Cuban Missile Crisis – The Soviet Nuclear Forces on Cuba"


  1. Outside the diplomatic core it's known as lying hahaha

    Love your works guys, cold war history is my favorite

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  2. Am I the only one who wants a movie where Indy plays the commander of a Soviet platoon with lots of vodka that gets lost in the Cuban jungle?

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  3. Have you ever thought of doing the Iran Iraq war?
    It was the biggest conventional war of the 20th century.
    Since it falls into the realm of the cold war.

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  4. I find it incredible how the Soviets managed to keep things such as their anything but small force in Cuba a secret from the rest of the world.

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  5. Great stuff as always guys! The intrigue and shady under the table deals on the whole of the Cold War is one of my favourite aspects of it and you guys are doing a great job integrating them with all the military and political moves of the Crisis. I think I will be picking up some more books about the Crisis for myself like I bought Hart's The Great War for WW1 😅

    All in all, great job! Cant wait for the next one.

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  6. Have you guys thought of doing more cross promoting? I started watching The Great War YT by random reddit word of mouth and just happened to catch the AMA for this channel.

    I subscribed because I love how you all produce these history segments, not specifically the time period and I'm sure the others subs from The Great War would like to hear an announcement on YT specifically.

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  7. I guess Paris is going to be used as a reference for destructive power in all future videos on this channel now

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  8. Does Indy have something against Paris cause that’s two times he talks about dropping nuclear bombs over Paris

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  9. I don't know if I would say the US is the guardian of "Free-Trade" in the world then or now. The capitalism they promoted was regulated and controlled by the governments they set up. The US government may have claimed this but they seemed to have established governments more on the side of monarchism and reactionary political ideals than free-market capitalism. They just wanted allied states against the Soviet Union.

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  10. As a russian i feel pride for my country when hearing how well such big and ambitious mission went so far

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  11. I've long felt the US should have either better propped up Batista or come to an immediate understanding with Castro (using cold hard cash if they must) that it's better to be a US client state than a Soviet one. By not being overly aggressive with Castro by making assassination attempts on him. The nearly 60 years of Cuban hardship proves my point.

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  12. The americans said "we want the whole world to do as we want" the Cubans and russians said "fuck off, we'll do what we want"

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  13. Love the content
    But I feel something lacking in the feng sui of the set…makes me uneasy…

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  14. Gotta give the soviets credit for having managed to get that many man and firepower to America's frontyard without them getting more than a couple of hints

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  15. I just love seeing thoses pictures from that soviet operation, so surreal, and the salsa music in the background just gave me Tropico's flashbacks x) El Presidente would be proud xD

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  16. Loving this series. But one might argue that the difference between 'tactical' and 'strategic' nuclear weapons is a bit moot in this context. It's really not very important what, or whom, you intend to fight with these weapons when even just an aiming error or malfunction can very easily send them anywhere in Dade county (population almost a million) or even downtown Miami (almost 300,000 people in 1960.) Just look at the US nuclear test Crossroads Baker on Bikini Atoll to get an impression what a Nagasaki-sized nuke will do if you explode it in sea water. Instant and highly radioactive tsunami. The nuke really doesn't care if it's mounted on a surface-to-air missile, torpedo, cruise missile or whatever. Nor does the target.

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  17. The smallest tac nuke i have ever heard of was the Davy Crockett recoilless rifle. Developed in the 50's, yield listed as 0.1 kt, and range of about a mile (assuming my memory is correct on those stats). Wonder if the Sovs had anything similar. I always get the impression that most tac nukes are about 1-5 kt, and they go up to 10 kt or so. Good thing they were never used (like when MacA wanted theater-level control early in the Korean War, with an eye toward using them on troop and tank concentrations in N Korea and Manchuria). Truman was wise to say no.

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  18. Something to consider is that these missiles dramatically decreased the time the President Kennedy had to learn that a nuclear strike was inbound and make a response.

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  19. I guess the mistake was not to ask the right question. Do you have nuclear bombs in Cuba?
    Probably they didn't because during the cold war the protocol was to don't let them know what we know.
    The problem was that the Soviets didn't know that they already know and things were already spinning out of control.

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  20. Nice shot of Enterprise! My father was aboard at the time. The crew didn't know what was going on but they left harbor at full speed and loaded nukes on their aircraft.

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  21. Well, this quite off-topic, But Indy I see you are not comfortable in your suit, but it looks good on you. and coming from a lesbian that means something.

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  22. Indy says that placing missiles is Cuba doesn't change the military situation. He's pretty careful with history, but shortening the flight time of a nuclear strike on the US from 15-20 minutes to 3-10 minutes was always the big issue put forth in US propaganda. Using the same reasoning were the US missiles in Turkey not a big issue? I think they were a big deal to the Russians and for the same reason.
    Great stuff, even having lived through this I've learned a lot I didn't know. Seems like US foreign policy (along with most other foreign policy) is largely lies.

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  23. If the Cubans had reinforced bunkers with plants/trees planted on top and just small logging roads those missiles could easily continue to stay with plausible deniability. Then you just need enough of such sites to deter strike attacks, as too many sites make enough attacks impossible

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  24. I have played a computer simulation for the Invasion of Cuba using all of the actual U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps Assets…along with Cuban and Soviet. It is called The Operational Art of War. I was a young kid during the Cuban Missile Crisis and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Cold War actually seeing Warsaw Pact Troops and the Soviet Black Sea Fleet up pretty close. So the subject of the Cold War is personal and interesting. I have participated in Display Determination which was the NATO reinforcement of Turkey to stop Bulgarian, Romanian and Soviet attempts to seize the Straits of Bosporus. We also practiced landing in Norway to assist the Norwegian Army and British & Dutch Royal Marines in blocking the Soviets from gaining access to airfields which would control the North Atlantic. Very tense times, but I felt safer than in times of fighting an unknown enemy.

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  25. 1:32 "Missiles on Cuba did not upset the US nuclear power advantage". The Short and medium range missiles gave the Soviets the ability to destroy cities in the US within a few minutes of launch, rather then 35 minutes for an ICBM. When facing potential end of the world, having another 30 minutes to think things through is a big difference isn't it?

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  26. the CIA is the biggest criminal organization ever, you americans should abolish this traitorous organization. nonstop violation of the constitution.

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  27. 3:10 +- – why would the present President wanted any re-elections? As a goal itself? That's so stupid… and short-sight…

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