6. Aerial Reconnaissance & Stereo Images

3-D imagery and the Cold War

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During the 20th century, intelligence-gathering was one of the most important aspects of fighting a war. Analysis of aerial photographs played a crucial role in the Cold War.

The introductory video “Reconnaissance: The Cold War” looks at how the UK used aerial photography and other forms of surveillance to help prevent the Cold War developing into full-scale armed conflict.

In the history activity, students explore the development of the intelligence-gathering techniques used both during the Second World War and the Cold War.

In the STEM activity, students investigate camera design and how stereo photographs allow 3D viewing.