the Cold War, Part One,1917-1945
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November 19, 1945
LIFE's lead story, "The
36-Hour War: Arnold Report Hints at the Catastrophe of the Next
Great Conflict", features a drawing of the United States with
rockets carrying A-bombs hitting 13 US cities from rocket-launching
sites that were built "quickly and secretly" in the jungles
of equatorial Africa by an unnamed "enemy of the US".
After 40 million Americans are killed and all cities of 50,000 or
more are leveled, enemy air-borne troops arrive. However, after
all this, the US "wins the atomic war".
December 6, 1945
The United States loans
Great Britain $3.75 billion. [In March, 1946 when told that the
French government of Léon Blum was on the verge of being
replaced by a Communist one, the United States averted this catastrophe
by a loan of $1.3 billion and a write-off of $2.7 billion of war
debts, taking the funds that had been appropriated for the Export-Import
Bank for trade credits that would be extended to Moscow. Poland,
Czechoslovakia and Hungary also failed to receive loans from the
World Bank in this period.] (61)
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