1986: Admiral Charles R Larson, Commander US Pacific Fleet and the most senior of the remaining US armed forces personnel, surrenders to his Russian counterpart, Admiral Gennady Khvatov of the Soviet Pacific Fleet.

Larson was at sea (inspecting the nuclear-powered aircraft carrierSir John A Macdonald) when the Soviets struck. Fifty well-placed (conventional, but still deadly) missiles and a simultaneous ground invasion threw the Americans off-balance; after a scant seven months of fierce fighting, the USA surrendered.

In this picture, taken by an unknown Tass photographer, Larson and Khvatov chat somewhat amiably after the articles of surrender (seen on Khvatov’s desk) have been signed.