Newly declassified Cold War documents show America was prepared to destroy hundreds of Soviet cities, possibly prompting all-out nuclear Armageddon.
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This shouldn’t come as a surprise because the US and the allies did just the same during World War II when they bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki even after Japan was ready to surrender; in order to sabotage Bose’s plot to bring down the British Empire.
America was prepared to wipe hundreds of Soviet cities off the face of the Earth in a destructive wave of atom bombs that would almost certainly have sparked all-out nuclear Armageddon, newly declassified documents from the Cold War have revealed. U.S. made a list of all the targets it would drop atomic bombs on during the Cold War – with Moscow, East Berlin and Beijing all in the firing line. The newly declassified target lists is called Atomic Weapons Requirements Study for 1959 and was drawn up by Strategic Air Command in 1956 to show what should be attacked in the event of all-out war three years later.
- Millions of people would have died in the wave of destruction that would first have targeted military and industrial facilities.
- America planned to hit air bases first to stop Soviet Union from retaliating.
- Dropping bombs in Berlin would have also claimed lives of allies in West Berlin and much of Western Europe.
- The previously unseen lists name hundreds of military sites, factories and air fields the U.S. planned to strike – but chillingly also name ‘population’ targets, seemingly meaning that President Eisenhower was willing to kill millions of people if required.
- Moscow, East Berlin, Saint Petersburg, Beijing and Warsaw would all have been blown apart by a storm of radioactive weapons had the U.S. decided to carry out its plan in the late 1950s.
As the DailyMail observes perhaps most shocking is the revelation that America was ready to blitz East Berlin with 91 atom bombs, with parts of Allied West Berlin likely to fall in any impact and fallout zones. Each target named by the Strategic Air Command was known as a Designated Ground Zero (DGZ). It is possible that the first list of 3,400 DGZs – which are mainly industrial and military sites – was meant to be targeted to bring about the downfall of the Soviet Union without specifically targeting civilians.
A second target list mentions 1,209 DGZs to be hit by more nuclear weapons, but much of the document is redacted. About 1,200 cities from East Germany to the far reaches of eastern Russia were identified for ‘systematic destruction’. The exact number of bombs that would have been dropped is unknown but the U.S. is believed to have had between 12,000 and 22,000 warheads in its arsenal at the time of the report.
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All the atom bombs would have been dropped by planes, with B-47 bombers flying from the UK, Spain and Morocco. B-52s – which had a longer range – would be sent from the United States.
This shouldn’t however come as a surprise because the US and the allies did just the same during World War II when they bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What is shocking is that Japan was bombed even after the Japanese were ready to surrender.
General Douglas MacArthur, Commander of US Army forces in the Pacific, stated on numerous occasions before his death that the atomic bomb was completely unnecessary from a military point of view: “My staff was unanimous in believing that Japan was on the point of collapse and surrender.”
General Curtis LeMay, who had pioneered precision bombing of Germany and Japan (and who later headed the Strategic Air Command and served as Air Force chief of staff), put it most succinctly: “The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war.”
Was Hiroshima Necessary? Why the Atomic Bombings Could Have Been Avoided By Mark Weber from The Journal of Historical Review, May-June 1997 (Vol. 16, No. 3), pages 4-11.
So why were the bombs dropped on Japan? To this day no one apart from the GreatGameIndia team have brought to light the connection between the decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Subhas Chandra Bose’s plot the bring down the British Empire.
Bose had a brilliant strategy. A main force was to march on to Delhi. This would however be aided by three other forces, each of which would have first performed the task of destroying the British hold over three major ports – Calcutta, Vishakapatnam and Chennai as well as the Dutch control of ports at Machilipatnam and Yanam. The unit landing in Calcutta would join the units from Nagaland and Assam towards Delhi, while the units from Vishakapatnam and Chennai would march towards Bombay.
The conquest of these five cities, to be completed in two weeks, would have effectively ended British rule in India, cutting it off from the sea. But Bose would follow the same moral principle that Napoleon had: “Never my sword against my own people”. Around the end of July 1945 he dropped leaflets over the cities of Madras, Vishakapatnam and Calcutta, requesting citizens to leave so that the INA could bomb these coastal towns prior to landing. He set a two week deadline, after which he would start the attack.
Subhash planned to strike against the British and it is very likely that they would have been unable to face an attack by the INA. On 6 August 1945, before the deadline set by Bose was to expire, Hiroshima would be bombed, and then on 9 August, the second bomb would be dropped on Nagasaki. After the Japanese surrender, Subhash evacuated the Andaman on 15 August 1945, in a plane with Japanese markings. This plane was shot down by American gunners over Manila, en-route to Tokyo. Three POWs were taken in this crash. In accord with the Geneva convention, they stated their rank, name and age. The American captors did not realize who their prisoners were. So they telegraphed the information to the British, who responded “Discard the Baggage”. The Americans GIs refused to obey this instruction. The British advised them to hand over the three prisoners to Stalin’s red army.
What follows after that is explained in detail in our article titled The Heroic Saga: The Escape, Exile & Death Of Bose.
The impact Bose and the INA had on the events in British India has since been downplayed by all the power groups that have controlled India, and not much is taught in modern history about the role played by this very great man.
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