Remember the war that never was?
For half a century Britain maintained its armed forces at World War Two levels to meet the threat of Armageddon. In the wake of Nazi Germany's final collapse both east and west competed to snap up the Reich's rocket scientists; like Werner von Braun whose past crimes against humanity were overlooked in the nuclear race, the competition to build weapons that would truly produce the war to end all wars - mutually assured destruction ("MAD"), the chorus for over two generations.
Churchill spoke of the Iron Curtain descending over Eastern Europe, Einstein prophesised that whilst nukes might be the weapons of WWIII, the next world war would be fought with spears. Mankind's capacity to unleash weapons of such terrible potency that would lead to his own extinction and the ruin of the planet had reached perfection.
It was the war nobody could win.
Where it was fought out, the competing blocs manoeuvred around proxies; in Korea, Malaya, the Middle East, Cuba, the two Germanys, Borneo and Vietnam.