Flag of Poland (1928-1980)

The 1928-1980 Polish flag.

Origin of the termEdit

It was a term some times used in UK news papers in the early 1970s to mid 1980s in reference to NATO policies on a war with Poland and/or the GDR.

The event in questionEdit


Photograph of a U.S. developed M-388 Davy Crockett nuclear weapon mounted to a recoilless rifle on a tripod, shown here (1961) at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland in March 1961. It used the smallest nuclear warhead ever developed by the United States.

The NATO conceptEdit

The USSR persuasive of a NATO first strike nuclear attack on Warsaw and the Vistula Valley in Poland. This would thus the prevent Soviet Union from sending reinforcements to East Germany to prevent a NATO invasion of that country. This was largely accurate, but some what exaggerated in the kilotonage used, since the estimated yield was noticeably more than what NATO would have needed to forfill it's mission with.

There were also going to be a massive strike on the GDR, which was to be nuclear according to NATO plans, but conventional according to the Warsaw Pact. The Soviets thought West Germany might want to annex it in to a united Germany, but NATO had plans to destroy the substantial Soviet garrison forces there and the GDR's border forces no matter what.

The GDR would be left open to invasion, but they and the local Soviet garrison forces would have still bin able to take border towns like Wolfsburg and Brunswick in the short turn, unless the GDR had been hit as well. Such a Western atrocity against Poland would have killed ~2,000,000 Poles immediately and destroyed most of the country.

A Soviet counter strikeEdit

With options limited, a Soviet counter-strike against West Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark would take place in an effort to slow down a NATO invasion. Armed combat would hit the North German Plain, Germany's Fulda Gap and the The southern Danube route and the southern Danish Islands at the same time. Since the 1960s, they the Soviets would have also used large amounts of paratroopers here as well as tanks and nukes; unlike NATO, who had cut the paras out in the 1970s, since they it did not want them getting radiation sickness after nukeings and though using nukes was probably good enough anyhow. The Warsaw pact's Operation Northern Norway would probably be activated to.

A major target was the German Rhileland, which had much coal, lead, lignite, magnesium, oil and uranium, as well as some building stone, iron ore, tin ore and lead deposits in it. Cities and towns like Saarbrücken, Dortmund, Koblenz and Düsseldorf were major economic power houses in Nepolionic times, WW1 and WW2.

Seven days to the River Rhine (1979) was a top-secret limited military simulation exercise developed in 1979 by the Warsaw Pact.

It was a plan to counter strike NATO by the Warsaw Pact forces after a surprise NATO first strike nuclear attack on Warsaw and the Vistula Valley in Poland. This would thus the prevent Soviet Union from sending reinforcements to East Germany to prevent a NATO invasion of that country.

Anglo-French reactionsEdit

France thought that it was excessive, and like the British, had noted events like the Bydgoszcz events of March 1981. They had realised it would be better to subvert Poland against the Soviets after taking out the garrison forces in the country.

The GDR would also be hit heavily, especially were Soviet forces were stationed, so as to end any threat to West Germany, Denmark and\or pro-Western Polish rebels.

Also seeEdit

  1. Atomic accidents and disasters
  2. 1962 Szczecin military parade accident
  3. 1968 Polish political crisis
  4. 1970 Polish protests
  5. Bydgoszcz events of March 1981
  6. North German Plain
  7. Germany's Fulda Gap
  8. Soviet invasion of Denmark
  9. River Po Line
  10. Exercise FleetEx '83
  11. Exercise Zapad-81
  12. A nuclear\atomic holocaust or nuclear apocalypse
  13. British Army of the Rhine (BAOR)
  14. River Elbe Line
  15. Exercise Teamwork '88
  16. The week of war policy
  17. Operation Gladio
  18. Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie
  19. Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)
  20. Mushroom cloud
  21. Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
  22. Germany's Fulda Gap
  23. The atomic artillery peace ‘Atomic Annie’
  24. B-52 Stratofortress bomber
  25. Atomic War
  26. 1963 Test Ban Treaty
  27. Atomic warfare information notes.
  28. USSR
  29. Exercise Able Archer '83
  30. DEFCON 1
  31. How to say "Polaris"
  32. Germany's Fulda Gap
  33. Exercise Reforger
  34. Exercise Dnepr 1967
  35. Nukes
  36. Davy Crockett Weapon System
  37. Communist old guard
  38. Greenham Air Base
  39. Exercise Reforger
  40. Exercise Able Archer '83
  41. Exercise Zapad-81
  42. Operation Chrome Dome
  43. Operation Square Leg (1980) and Exercise Hard Rock (1982)
  44. A surprise nuclear attack
  45. GDR
  46. FRG
  47. Inner German Border
  48. Nuclear fallout
  49. Atomic accidents and disasters
  50. Atomic\nuclear power stations
  51. Mushroom cloud
  52. Atomic arsenals
  53. Bomb blast effects
  54. Atomic\nuclear war
  55. Atomic accidents and disasters
  56. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)
  57. Atomic War
  58. Atomic warfare information notes.
  59. A nuclear\atomic holocaust or nuclear apocalypse
  60. Nukes
  61. Explosive blast\yield
  62. Atomic arsenals
  63. Bomb blast effects
  64. Atomic\nuclear war
  65. Atomic accidents and disasters
  66. Atomic\nuclear power stations
  67. Geiger-Muller counter
  68. "Poland is 'toast'!"
  69. Nuclear fallout
  70. Atomic videos

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