Cold War

Season 1 Episode 1

Comrades: 1917-1945

Aired Unknown Sep 19, 1998 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

Despite their ideological differences, the United States and the Soviet Union become allies in the wars against Germany.
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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Archival footage:
      Franklin Roosevelt: 1933 swearing-in ceremony, 1940 speech, 1941 speech to Congress, and funeral.
      Andrei Vyshinski: at Moscow show trials.
      Joseph Stalin: war of annihilation speech.
      Henry Wallace: Russian casualties speech.
      Winston Churchill: farewell address at Yalta.
      Harry Truman: Germany's surrender.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • George Elsey (Aide to President Truman, speaking about the Russian's knowledge of the new 'secret weapon'): As we now know, they knew all about the Manhattan Project through espionage and their own agents.

    • Sir Frank Roberts (British Foreign Office): Churchill, in spite of his past anti-Soviet feelings, at once welcomed Stalin's Russia as an ally. He did say to his friends, of course, that he'd have welcomed the devil if the devil had turned up in order to help him defeat Hitler.

    • George Kennan (US Embassy, Moscow): Stalin felt that in order to get public support for the things he was doing, which were very harsh policies, he had to convince a great many of the people, the common people and the Party members, that Russia was confronted with a conspiracy on the part of the major capitalist powers to undermine the Soviet government by espionage.

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