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The nightmare of nuclear war in Europe - a spectre that haunted the world for half a century - stood revealed yesterday in terrible detail.
In a historic break with the past, Poland's newly elected government threw open its top secret Warsaw Pact military archives - including a 1979 map revealing the Soviet bloc's vision of a seven-day atomic holocaust between Nato and Warsaw Pact forces.
On the map, western Europe lay beneath a chilling overlay of large red mushroom clouds: Warsaw Pact nuclear strikes, using giant warheads to compensate for their relative lack of precision.
Soviet bombs rain down on cities from northern Denmark down to Brussels, the political headquarters of Nato. Large red clouds blot out cities such as Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich and Baden Baden, Haarlem, Antwerp and Charleroi, above the Franco-Belgian border.
On the map, smaller blue mushroom clouds showed expected Nato targets - most of them relatively precise attacks - including strikes on Warsaw and Prague.
Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
It sounds strange, but that nuke map made me a bit nostaligic for the days when our enemy was clear and equal to us...
Originally posted by deltaboy
Read Red Storm by Tom Clancy, that helps bring our minds how WW3 would have been fought it the Cold War turned into a hot one in the 80s.
Originally posted by American Mad Man
Little correction... It's Red Storm Rising.
Also, in that book there was no nuclear exchange, which there was no chance of had a war actually broken out. Western Europe would have been over run by the Soviets if NATO did not use tactical nuclear weapons.
Originally posted by Leveller
So basically, Germany, Holland, Norway and Belgium would have had the crap bombed out of them.
What about France?
Damn those pesky Soviets.
Originally posted by ShadowXIX
I want to know how Switzerland really believed it could remain a neutral country in any such war in Europe.
[edit on 28-11-2005 by ShadowXIX]
Originally posted by Denied
Is there a global map?