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By using historical documents from the US Joint Chiefs of Staff we know exactly what the contingency plans were in the case of an expected Soviet attack in 1946.
Our purpose here today is to decide on our recommendations to the President on our strategic options for defeating the Soviet army and causing the unconditional surrender of the USSR and it‘s satellite states.
Colonel Armistead go over the situation as it stands currently.
Thank you General Eisenhower. Gentleman first the bad news. The Soviets have total control of Germany, Denmark, the low counties, 99” of France, a foothold in Spain and they are moving on Greece with little opposition as we speak. In addition Italy has withdrawn from NATO and is allowing Soviet forces to enter it’s territory. The Italian Navy is scheduled to fall into Soviet hands soon. Finland is reeling from a Soviet attack with Norway and Sweden trying to assist their neighbor.
They are currently fielding 244 Soviet divisions and 83 of their so called allied divisions with over 14000 frontline aircraft.
In the Far East the Soviets have 80 fully supplied divisions on combat ready. At anytime they can march into pretty much anywhere they want on the Asian mainland. So far they are dormant. We don’t know why but are grateful that they are.
On the Pyrenees Line they are making slow and steady progress. We estimate at their current rate of advance they will be out of the mountains in less than 90 days and into Spain proper.
Their armor is superior to ours at the moment. This is not much of a factor in the mountains but if they once again break out into tank country it will not be pretty.
On the Pyrenees Line our forces are as follows. We have 11 full strength and fully equipped divisions . Our forces are able to defend themselves and even have the ability to counter attack. Our allies are fielding 15 full divisions between them. Mainly newly minted Spanish divisions with a French division, a Low Countries division, 4 British divisions and a joint British Empire division made up of New Zealanders, Aussies and Canadians.
The US forces have been blocking the traditional invasion routes and large mountain passes. Our allies are filling in between these positions. The Soviet advances have been at the expense of the new Spanish divisions for the most part. In order to avoid being flanked we have had to slowly perform retrograde movements.
As you know additional US divisions are being formed and should be ready for action by the spring.
Our Far East forces consist of one division in Korea and 3 in Japan. The Brits have 2 scattered in Indonesia and India. In addition we have a division in Egypt to support the 4 British divisions already in the area.
Unlike the war with Germany and Japan we do not enjoy total air superiority. Both sides enjoy local successes but so far we are not able to penetrate on regular basis their air defense system without unacceptable casualties. Similarly they have not been able to have much success in reaching our supply lines or major troop concentrations. Basically the air war is a draw.
This presents us with grave problems. As you know we enjoyed almost total air superiority over Germany and Japan before we commenced any kind of offensive action. It allowed us to handle the enemies sometimes superior ground forces. Rarely did a German Tiger even get to the frontline much less do much damage when we had Jugs and Lightnings roaming at will over the battleground.
If we do not gain air superiority in the short run we will have to find a new way to defeat the Red Army.
Again unlike the Germans or the Japanese the Soviets seem to have learned from history. We have it on good authority that they will not run out of trained pilots like our former Axis enemies did. They have a robust training program and apparently no lack of fuel to train them. In addition they have made great strides in upgrading their planes performance at altitude.
Bottom line is that we cannot count on defeating their air forces in the foreseeable future and we cannot attack their infrastructure with impunity without suffering unacceptable casualties.
Major Tillman will you bring us up to speed as to what forces we expect to have available in the Spring?
Of course General. We are on target to have 60 fully mechanized American Marine and Army Divisions capable of amphibious assault ready to be deployed by early Spring. Our navy friends assure us that they will be able to land 25 divisions a month anywhere in the world by May, 1947 along with accompanying air cover, shore bombardment and temporary port facilities capable of supplying said 25 divisions for up to a month..
By the end of Spring we should be up to our WWII strength of 90 divisions.
Thank you Major.
It should be obvious that we have left out of this briefing our strategic air assets. We are on a need to know basis on this subject. It has been determined that this gathering does not have a need to know. I know that sticks in your craw but tough shit! That's the way it is and the way it will be for the foreseeable future. Believe me I'm as insulted as much as you are but the top brass has their reasons and that's good enough for my pay grade.
We do however have the use of 1550 B17s, 1091 B24s, 2024 medium bombers, 2020 fighters, and fighter bombers and 980 transport aircraft with more to come. These air units are to be used for tactical operations.
So for the time being it will be our late war prop jobs against theirs…I hope. We expect what ever SAC is up to will draw most of their jets like flies.
All of the heavy bombers and most of the jet fighters and long range fighters have been transferred to SAC or the Strategic Air Command. I am confident that they will be operational soon and we will see just what they can do. I suspect we will be seeing some mushroom clouds in the distance soon.
With these assets we have to decide between various plans proposed for winning World War Three. Do we attack on a broad front fighting our way through Western Europe starting from the Spanish border? Or do we stage another D-day and start our attack from the French coast? Do we go for broke with a blitzkrieg type narrow front encircling type attack? Do we stage a series of coordinating amphibious landings? Do we go straight for Moscow or the oil fields? Do we attempt the counter attack with 90 divisions in the Spring/Summer or do we wait another year to match the Soviets 250 divisions and advance on a broad front?
In other words we have to advise the JCS on what we believe will bring Old Joe to his knees.