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Proxy war

  1. 1. A war that results when opposing powers use third parties as substitutes for fighting each other directly. By Sam Fath
  2. 2. The Greek Civil War was fought from 1946 to 1949 between the Democrats of Greece, backed by the United Kingdom and United States. And the communists, backed by the Soviet Union. The initial efforts of the DSE were highly successful due to the superior tactics that they employed on the battlefield, the KKE also made numerous political errors, causing the Yugoslavians to withdraw. Once the Yugoslavins gained independence and the side that Americans supported in the war won the war the Democratic sphere of influence increased. Tensions were also increased between the Soviet Union and the Democratic nations
  3. 3. The Korean war was a Civil War between the Republic of Korea, supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea who were supported by the People's Republic of China, with air support from the Soviet Union. The war started when North Korea invaded South Korea without warning, the back and forth conflict was characterized when the North pushed the south back, who then gained the support of the US. With this support they were able to push the North back, however due to Soviet and Chinese aid the north was able to create a stalemate. Due to the conflict between the Soviets and American’s tensions were greatly increased, however due to the stalemate neither side had a greater sphere of influence.
  4. 4. On April 17–19, 1961, Cuban Exiles, trained by the United States Of America, invaded the coast of Cuba, who were supported by the Soviet Union. The exiles however, due to poor training and management were easily repelled. The Russians saw this invasion as a direct threat towards Russia, increasing tension between the US and Russians. The Cuban leader Fidel Castro also gained fame and recognition for repelling the forces.
  5. 5. This war was fought between the North Vietnamese, supported by the communists and Soviet Union. And the South Vietnamese people, supported by the anti- communist nations such as the Americans. However due to the lack of public-support for the war and staggering losses the U.S withdrew. Due to this the U.S sphere of influence decreased, with the Soviet union gaining influence from the win. This increasing Soviet influence made the relationship between the US and Soviet Union more tense.
  6. 6. On the 11th Of September 1973, the democratically elected Marxist President of Chile, Salvador Allenden who was supported by the communist nations. Was overthrown in a Chilean Millitary coup d’etat. The American government attempted to covertly sway the election process away from a communistic government, and once one was elected these covert operations worked to destabilize the government and have a more US approved government elected in place. Due to the lack of significant involvement by the Soviet Union, tensions were not escalated between them, the Soviet Union saw the Marxist President as weak and did not care if he was overthrown
  7. 7. The Soviet War in Afghanistan, involved the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, supported by the Soviet Union. Against the Mujahideen resistance, supported by the United States and the United Kingdom. The war escalated when 700 Soviet troops, dressed in Afghan uniforms took control of many major military and media buildings, when the soviets began to suffer losses they simply withdrew. The effects of the Soviet Union controlling such an oil rich nation increased tension between the Americans and the Soviet. The US’s sphere of influence grew as the world condemned the actions taken by the Soviet Union.
  8. 8. When the Angolan nation gained independence from Portugal in 1975 a war erupted between the communist MPLA and the UNITA, who had support from the United States. There was heavy fighting between the two parties until 1991 when the Bicesse Accords was reached. When the MPLA candidate won the presidential election guerilla warfare erupted again. The war continued until Savimbi was killed in February of 2002. The US’s sphere of influence grew due to the UNITA’s political power, however tensions were decreasing at this time due to the high cost that the cold war had created and the threat of mutually assured destruction.
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