After World War II, the United States and its allies and the Soviet Union and its satellite states began a decades-long struggle for supremacy known as the Cold War. Soldiers of the Soviet Union and the United States did not do battle directly during the Cold War. But the two superpowers continually antagonized each other through political maneuvering, military coalitions, espionage, propaganda, arms buildups, economic aid, and proxy wars between other nations.
There is an obvious U.S. bias in the film below about the Cuban Missile Crisis, but have a look...it captures the severity of the event
A TedEd talk putting the SPACE RACE into perspective
A short film about the impacts of Glasnost and Perestroika on the Soviet Union ultimately leading the dissolving of the Soviet Union
If you have a moment, take a look at this film regarding the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989)...at least the first 10 minutes.