List of conflicts related to the Cold War

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While the Cold War itself never escalated into direct confrontation, there were a number of conflicts related to the Cold War around the globe, spanning the entirety of the period usually prescribed to it (1947–1991).[1][2]

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History of the Cold War

Origins of the Cold War
World War II
(Hiroshima and Nagasaki)
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Eastern Bloc
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Iron Curtain
Cold War (1947–53)
Cold War (1953–62)
Cold War (1962–79)
Cold War (1979–85)
Cold War (1985–91)
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Timeline  · Conflicts
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Conflict Start date End date Location Region
War in Vietnam (1945–1946) September 13, 1945 March 30, 1946 French Indochina Southeast Asia
Iran crisis of 1946 November 15, 1945 November 15, 1946 Iran Southern Asia
Greek Civil War March 30, 1946 October 16, 1949 Kingdom of Greece Southern Europe
Corfu Channel incident May 15, 1946 November 13, 1946 Straits of Corfu Southern Europe
Hukbalahap Rebellion July 4, 1946 May 17, 1954  Philippines Southeast Asia
First Indochina War December 19, 1946 August 1, 1954 French Indochina Southeast Asia
Czechoslovak coup d'état of 1948 February 20, 1948 February 25, 1948  Czechoslovakia Central Europe
Malayan Emergency June 16, 1948 July 12, 1960 Federation of Malaya Southeast Asia
Berlin Blockade June 24, 1948 May 12, 1949 Allied-occupied Germany Western Europe
Korean War June 25, 1950 July 27, 1953  North Korea
 South Korea
Eastern Asia
Egyptian Revolution of 1952 July 22, 1952 July 26, 1952 Kingdom of Egypt North Africa
Uprising of 1953 in East Germany June 16, 1953 June 17, 1953  East Germany Western Europe
Cuban Revolution July 26, 1953 January 1, 1959 Cuba Caribbean
1953 Iranian coup d'état August 15, 1953 August 20, 1953 Iran Southern Asia
Laotian Civil War November 9, 1953 December 2, 1975  Kingdom of Laos Southeast Asia
1954 Guatemalan coup d'état June 18, 1954 June 27, 1954  Guatemala Central America
First Taiwan Strait Crisis September 3, 1954 May 1, 1955 Taiwan Strait Eastern Asia
Vietnam War November 1, 1955 April 30, 1975  North Vietnam
 South Vietnam
Southeast Asia
Poznań 1956 protests June 28, 1956 June 30, 1956 Polish People's Republic Central Europe
Hungarian Revolution of 1956 October 23, 1956 November 10, 1956 Hungarian People's Republic Central Europe
Suez Crisis October 29, 1956 November 7, 1956 Egypt North Africa
14 July Revolution July 14, 1958 July 14, 1958 Arab Federation Western Asia
Second Taiwan Strait Crisis August 23, 1958 October 6, 1958 Taiwan Strait Eastern Asia
1959 Tibetan uprising March 10, 1959 March 21, 1959 Tibet Central Asia
1960 U-2 incident May 1, 1960 May 1, 1960 Soviet Union Eastern Europe
Congo Crisis June 30, 1960 November 25, 1965 Congo Central Africa
Angolan War of Independence February 4, 1961 January 15, 1975 Portuguese Angola Southern Africa
Bay of Pigs Invasion April 17, 1961 April 19, 1961 Cuba Caribbean
Berlin Crisis of 1961 June 4, 1961 November 9, 1961 East Germany Western Europe
Nicaraguan Revolution July 23, 1961 April 25, 1990 Nicaragua Central America
Cuban missile crisis October 14, 1962 October 28, 1962 Cuba Caribbean
Sino-Indian War October 20, 1962 November 21, 1962 China/India border Southern Asia
Guinea-Bissau War of Independence January 23, 1963 September 11, 1974 Portuguese Guinea Western Africa
1964 Brazilian coup d'état July 4, 1964 April 1, 1964 Brazil South America
Rhodesian Bush War March 31, 1964 December 12, 1979 Southern Rhodesia Southern Africa
Mozambican War of Independence September 25, 1964 September 8, 1974 Portuguese Mozambique Eastern Africa
Dominican Civil War April 24, 1965 September 3, 1965 Dominican Republic Caribbean
United States occupation of the Dominican Republic (1965–1966) April 28, 1965 July 1, 1966 Dominican Republic Caribbean
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 August 15, 1965 September 23, 1965 Kashmir Indian subcontinent
30 September Movement September 30, 1965 October 1, 1965 Indonesia Southeast Asia
Indonesian killings of 1965–1966 October 1, 1965 March 1966 Indonesia Southeast Asia
South African Border War August 26, 1966 March 21, 1990 Namibia and Angola Southern Africa
Namibian War of Independence August 26, 1966 March 21, 1990 Namibia Southern Africa
Greek military junta of 1967–1974 April 21, 1967 July 23, 1974 Greece Southern Europe
Six-Day War June 5, 1967 June 10, 1967 Egypt, Jordan, and Syria Western Asia
War of Attrition July 1, 1967 August 7, 1970 Sinai Peninsula Western Asia
Communist Insurgency War June 17, 1968 December 2, 1989 Malaysia Southeast Asia
Sino-Soviet border conflict March 2, 1969 September 11, 1969 China/Soviet Union border Eastern Asia
Operation Menu March 18, 1969 May 28, 1970 Cambodia and Laos Southeast Asia
Libyan coup d'etat (1969) September 1, 1969 September 1, 1969 Libya North Africa
Black September in Jordan September 1, 1970 July 1971 Jordan Western Asia
Cambodian Civil War October 9, 1970 April 17, 1975 Cambodia Southeast Asia
Bangladesh Liberation War March 26, 1971 December 16, 1971 Bangladesh Southern Asia
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 December 3, 1971 December 16, 1971 Bangladesh and Pakistan Southern Asia
1973 Chilean coup d'état September 11, 1973 September 11, 1973 Chile South America
Yom Kippur War October 6, 1973 October 25, 1973 Egypt and Syria Western Asia
Carnation Revolution April 25, 1974 April 25, 1974 Portugal Southern Europe
Ethiopian Civil War November 28, 1974 May 21, 1991 Ethiopia Eastern Africa
Cambodian–Vietnamese War May 1, 1975 September 26, 1989 Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand Southeast Asia
Lebanese Civil War April 13, 1975 October 13, 1990 Lebanon Near East
Angolan Civil War November 11, 1975 April 4, 2002 Angola Southern Africa
Indonesian invasion of East Timor December 7, 1975 July 17, 1976 East Timor Southeast Asia
Operation Entebbe July 4, 1976 July 4, 1976 Uganda Western Africa
1976 Argentine coup d'état March 24, 1976 March 24, 1976 Argentina South America
Mozambican Civil War May 30, 1977 October 15, 1992 Mozambique Southern Africa
Ethio-Somali War July 13, 1977 March 15, 1978 Ethiopia Eastern Africa
Korean Air Lines Flight 902 April 20, 1978 April 20, 1978 Soviet Union Eastern Europe
Iranian Revolution January 16, 1979 February 1979 Iran Southern Asia
Sino-Vietnamese War February 17, 1979 March 16, 1979 China/Vietnam border Southeast Asia
Salvadoran Civil War May 9, 1979 January 16, 1992 El Salvador Central America
Soviet war in Afghanistan December 24, 1979 February 15, 1989 Afghanistan Central Asia
Korean Air Lines Flight 007 September 1, 1983 September 1, 1983 Soviet Union Eastern Asia
Falklands War April 2, 1982 June 14, 1982 Falkland Islands,South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Atlantic Ocean
Invasion of Grenada (1983) October 25, 1983 December 15, 1983 Grenada Caribbean
People Power Revolution February 22, 1986 February 25, 1986 Philippines Asia
Bombing of Libya (1986) April 15, 1986 April 15, 1986 Libya North Africa
8888 Uprising March 12, 1988 September 21, 1988 Burma Asia
United States invasion of Panama December 20, 1989 January 31, 1990  Panama Central America
Revolutions of 1989 March 9, 1989 April 27, 1992 Various Central/Eastern Europe
Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 April 15, 1989 June 4, 1989  China Eastern Asia
Velvet Revolution November 17, 1989 December 29, 1989 Czechoslovakia Central Europe
1990 Democratic Revolution in Mongolia December 10, 1989 March 9, 1990 Mongolia Central Asia
Romanian Revolution of 1989 December 16, 1989 December 25, 1989 Romania Central Europe
Operation Desert Storm August 2, 1990 February 28, 1991 Iraq Middle east
1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt August 19, 1991 August 21, 1991  Soviet Union Eastern Europe

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Fifty-Year War: Conflict and Strategy in the Cold War, Norman Friedman (1999) ISBN 978-1557502643
  2. ^ The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times, Odd Arne Westad (2005) ISBN 978-0521853644