History DocumentariesInside the Soviet submarine, the crew could feel the impact of explosions shaking the walls. They waited for hours, enduring the intense pressure of U.S. depth charges, desperate to receive some kind of signal or call to action. Meanwhile, the air conditioning had malfunctioned, and the men aboard were overheated, exhausted, fevered with worry and anticipation. They knew it was their responsibility was to fire their nuclear-tipped torpedo in the event of an attack on Russia, and in the intense chaos they debated how to act. Had the crisis between John F. Kennedy, the U.S. President, and Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Premier, finally boiled over? How close had the world come to witnessing the atomic apocalypse feared by so many over the course of the crisis?
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