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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Thursday, December 29, 2011


Arthur Tedder RAF Chief of the Air Staff was the first to grasp the significance of what this General Kirkpatrick was trying to dance around. He immediately dismissed him as a messenger and his real wrath would be directed at the parties responsible. As the others in the room brow beat Kirkpatrick his mind was on the implications of the information he had just heard. He ticked them off as if they were on a piece of paper in front of him…

1. There would be no additional assistance from the American’s in the form of additional squadrons. The three squadrons of P80s were all that they were going to receive.

2. Replacement pilots for those squadrons would be held to a minimum.

3. The Soviets had a million VT fuses which they could fit to bombs so that they could explode over head with devastating effect on all soft targets.

4. This would also mean that they also could use those fuses on any attacking British planes who attacked their infrastructure with their captured and lend lease AAA guns.

5. The Soviets also had over 180 Yank jammers. How they would use them is up to conjecture with some arguing that they would have no idea what to do with them and would therefore be worthless and possibly scrapped by now.

6. They would have to develop their own jammers and quickly.

If anyone could weigh the odds and figure out a solution it was Tedder. Tedder was the architect of “carpet bombing”. He first proposed and then used it during the Tunisian campaign where it preceded one of the final assaults. The press called it “the Tedder Carpet” and it had caught on. So Tedder was used to devising ways to defeat the enemy. This one was different and he realized this almost immediately.

The usual British response was that the Soviets were unthinking barbarians who just won by throwing overwhelming numbers of cannon fodder at their enemies. They seemed neither caring nor capable of reducing the slaughter. The history of their casualty rates were dismal to say the least yet the way they had fought in this new war so far was impressive to him. They had out thought and out maneuvered the best military minds in the West for 3 months now. Clearly something had happened to the Golden Horde and the Slave had changed his tactics and strategy. It was pass time to throw out the obvious misconceptions about the new Red Army and the racist notions of the past. It was time for him to convince the powers in charge that the Soviets had not only caught up with the West in the realm of aerospace but in some instances had surpassed them.

He was going to have to make his case very forcefully and quickly if the needed changes were going to take place. Ismay seemed to have Atlee’s ear and was making all the wrong choices for all the wrong reasons in his opinion. He was sure the Soviets had something up their sleeve and were not going to do the predictable thing. Ismay was trying to fight the second Battle of Britain like the first. Although he personally like Ismay he felt he lacked imagination that lack could be the death of Britain. No this was his time to tilt at windmills and he was going to have to take a stand or they were doomed from the start.

This new information just justified put steel in his backbone and it was time. He needed to get an appointment with the Prime Minister today even if it cost him his position.

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