Wikipedia 10K Redux by Reagle from Starling archive. Bugs abound!!!
the cold war describes the ways of fighting between the western and the eastern countries between 1950-1990. Except for a few minor wars in korea, vietnam and afghanistan, the aggression between those two parts of the world never shaped in a armed conflict, but was held by spys and traitors which were working undercover. because of that, the population of the countries this war took place (mostly eastern and western germany) never took much notice about this war going on. Also, the armys of the countries involved never had much participation in the cold war, the war was fought by organizations like the CIA (USA), MI6 (Great Britain), BND (West Germany), STASI (East Germany) and the KGB(USSR). The cold war also inspired alot of movie-companys and writers, resulting in an enourmous amount of books and movies which tell about the cold war, some more fictional (james bond) some less.