The  cessation of hostilities in World War Two brought an end to the  greatest loss of life mankind has ever known. More than fifty-five  million (55,000.000) people, over half of them civilians, died in that  horrendous war—and that total does not include the eleven million  (11,000,000) or more Jews lost in the Holocaust. 

At  that historic moment the Cold War began. The Soviets blockaded Berlin,  put up an Iron Curtain dividing Germany in half, erected the Berlin Wall  and shot those who tried to escape from the east to the west. The  United States established the Berlin Airlift and brought the Berlin Wall  down and reunited Germany. 

The  Cold War escalated into an Atomic then a Nuclear Arms Race. During the  mid 1940s through the 1960s the U.S. flew B-29s, B45s and B-47s, et al,  over Russia and China to pin point such weapons. Some US planes were  shot down; such losses cataloged as “mechanical failure.” Neither side  would admit to any violations until May 1960 when Gary Powers’ U-2 was  shot down. Russia released Powers in an exchange for the Soviet  spy-master, Rudolf Abel in 1962.

             On the ground was the constant game of agents, double agents  and triple agents, spies and counter spies. Interspersed with all of  that was the “containment wars:” Korea, Vietnam and Russia’s Afghanistan  War; and of course, the Cuban Missile crisis.

   All of the Cold War and hot war “performances” have  been and still are played out like a game of political and military  chess on an international stage—with the savage details and covert  action hidden from the eyes of the public. Each faction continually  checked and counter-checked the other in a game of escalating  superiority and domination. During all of that the most fundamental  players—the pawns so to speak—fell by the wayside.

  This is the story of one such man, a pawn.