Sunday, July 3, 2016
This Is How The Warsaw Pact Planned To Win World War Three in Europe
Kyle Mizokami, National Interest: National Interest: Revealed: How the Warsaw Pact Planned to Win World War Three in Europe
Imagine huge numbers of Soviet combat divisions streaming across Germany.
Last month in the National Interest we discussed NATO’s plan for World War III in Europe. The scenario, set in the late 1980s, assumed that the forces of the Soviet Union and the rest of the Warsaw Pact—namely East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary—steamrollered West Germany to defeat NATO. The plan assumed the western alliance would defend as far forward as possible while avoiding the use of tactical nuclear weapons.
But what about the Warsaw Pact? After the Cold War ended, the Polish government made public classified Soviet documents that revealed the likely war plan. The plan, known as “Seven Days to the Rhine,” was the basis of 1979 military exercise that assumed NATO as the aggressor, having nuked a series of twenty-five targets in Poland, including Warsaw and the port of Gdansk. The cover story of countering aggression was a mere fig leaf for the true nature of the anticipated conflict: a bolt-from-the-blue Soviet attack against NATO.
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WNU Editor: Brilliant plan ... with the exception of the ending when thousands of nuclear weapons are unleashed and everyone dies. But such was the thinking of many military strategists then.