America’s Last Defector in North Korea: James Dresnok

In 1962, 21-year-old American soldier James Dresnok was facing a court-martial. He was stationed at the Demilitarized Zone between North- and South Korea. The young soldier was caught forging his superior’s autograph to leave his army base to visit his favourite local woman of the night. Real classy. A few hours before he was scheduledContinue reading “America’s Last Defector in North Korea: James Dresnok”

The American Sergeant Who Defected to North Korea: Charles Jenkins

During the 1960s the Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union reached an all-time high. Events that come to mind are the Cuban Missile Crisis and the erecting of the Berlin Wall. On the other side of the world, the division between North- and South Korea had just begun settling inContinue reading “The American Sergeant Who Defected to North Korea: Charles Jenkins”

Conrad Schumann and the Jump to Freedom

It is perhaps the most famous photograph from the Cold War. On August 15th, 1961, East German border guard Conrad Schumann was just 19 years old when he made the daring leap to freedom. It just so happened a photographer was present, and he captured the initial jump over the barbed wire, the sprint toContinue reading “Conrad Schumann and the Jump to Freedom”

The Stolen MiG-25 “Foxbat” and Viktor Belenko’s Defection of 1976

In 1976 the Cold War was still an ongoing reality for the entire world. Defections from the Soviet bloc to the Western world weren’t too uncommon throughout these decades, although oftentimes these defectors were athletes, artists or scholars. It was quite rare for a serving member of the military to defect, let alone if theyContinue reading “The Stolen MiG-25 “Foxbat” and Viktor Belenko’s Defection of 1976″

The Soviet Navy Officer that Prevented Nuclear War: Vasily Arkhipov

Often times, people and events are covered on this channel that have genuinely managed to influence the history of humankind – for better or worse. Some of these people are more well known than others. Now, what if I told you that you owe your life to a relatively unknown Soviet Navy Officer. But notContinue reading “The Soviet Navy Officer that Prevented Nuclear War: Vasily Arkhipov”