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Origins of 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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