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Why the USSR's First Nuclear Submarine Was a Disaster

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The U.S. developed the world's first nuclear submarine in 1954 - and the USSR felt pressured to respond. But in their haste to match their Cold War adversaries, they rushed it - and paid a heavy price.

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The Cold War was an era of espionage, treachery, and the flexing of military muscle. Over four decades, the naval capabilities of East and West threatened assured mutual destruction, which helped maintain a tense but stable peace between the superpowers. Witness stories of remarkable humanity and bravery as we examine the period's most fearsome warships and subs and their operations in Cuba, Vietnam, and Soviet waters.

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