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Was the Cold War really a war?

The Cold war is described as a tense stand off between USSR and US. But did the United states military actually fight against the Soviet union military? I know several wars resulted in the cold war, korean war, Vietnam war. But did US tanks and Soviet tanks meet on the battle field? know what im saying?

Asked By: Krystal P - 2/2/2008
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If, by your question you are asking, was the danger real - then YES, by all means it "really was a war". But if your definition is the tanks meeting on the battle field - then, and only in that sense your answer would be no... More
Answered By: Air Force - 2/2/2008
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no, they never did. thank God. the wars were all proxy wars.
Answered By: bigtalltom - 2/2/2008
 
no
Answered By: triteamdan - 2/2/2008
 
Yes there were almost daily confrontations between our forces and theirs. These things rarely made the news. Cuban missle crisis is one example
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Answered By: Razor Jim - 2/2/2008
 
No, not from a force on force standpoint, more on the espionage aspect.
Answered By: SuckitUp - 2/2/2008
 
no it's called a cold war b/c no shots were fired
Answered By: Untamed Rose - 2/2/2008
 
no, there was never actually a confrontation. the term cold war is used because both sides constantly were threatening it in the form of massive arms buildups, etc. but thankfully it never became a "hot" war.
Answered By: spongebob squarepants - 2/2/2008
 
The U.S. never directly fought the Soviet Union with military force because both sides possessed nuclear weapons and would have assured each others destruction. Instead, the U.S. engaged in a proxy war, by either supplying weapons to enemies of the Soviet Union (i.e. Afghanistan's Mujahideen 1979-1989), or directly... More
Answered By: Tyler Durden - 2/2/2008
 
Brings back some memories. It was more the Spy VS Spy scenario. My first duty was aboard a ammo ship, one of my jobs was on the Security Alert Force. We'd pull in and the "civilian contractors" would come aboard to "make repairs." Inevitably, the guy assigned to watch over them would do a head count and discover... More
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Answered By: Doc - 2/2/2008
 
Not literally, but Yes, it was the cause of the Korean war, and Vietnam.
Answered By: 7.62x39mm FMJ - 2/2/2008
 
You would have to talk to 1000's of Vets to get a good mix of the things that happened and never made it to the papers... More
Answered By: Wayne C - 2/2/2008
 
There was no shooting war between the United States and the USSR during the Cold War; but there were many "incidents" like the shooting down of aircraft and collisions between submarines... More
Answered By: wichitaor1 - 2/2/2008
 
Yes it was a real war - I was in Germany at the time & the threat of Russia attacking was real EVERY SINGLE DAY! And not only that but, Well there is some stuff that I'm not sure has been "un-classified" so let me just say -It was real!
Answered By: Rack - 2/3/2008
 
Was the Cold War really a war? Yes, in the truest sense of the word it was a real war... More
Answered By: Rottweiler - 2/5/2008
 
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