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The man who saved the world: The Soviet submariner who single-handedly averted WWIII at height of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Man Who Saved the World Vasili with his daughter Yelena three years before he died

The man who saved the world: The Soviet submariner who single-handedly averted WWIII at height of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Man Who Saved the World. Vasili and wife Olga in 1957

The man who saved the world: The Soviet submariner who single-handedly averted WWIII at height of the Cuban Missile Crisis

He saved the world...50 years ago. At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, second-in-command Vasilli Arkhipov of the Soviet submarine B-59 refused to agree with his Captain's order to launch nuclear torpedos against US warships that had been dropping depth charges in an attempt to force it to surface. They had lost radio contact with Moscow, and concluded that World War 3 had begun, and 2 of the officers agreed to launch nuclear torpedoes. Arkhipov refused to agree.

The man who saved the world: The Soviet submariner who single-handedly averted WWIII at height of the Cuban Missile Crisis

The man who saved the world: The Soviet submariner who single-handedly averted WWIII at height of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Proud: Arkopov's widow Olga said: 'I was proud and I am proud of my husband, always'widow Olga said: 'I was proud and I am proud of my husband, always.'

The man who saved the world: The Soviet submariner who single-handedly averted WWIII at height of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Covert mission: In a game of high stakes cat and mouse it wasn't long before the Russian's were spotted

"WE SAVED THE WORLD, WE PROTECT THE WORLD" Soviet army propaganda poster from the 1960s. Note the image inside the star: Soviet soldier leaves graffiti on the columns of the Reich Chancellery in Berlin, May 1945.