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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

May 6th, 1946 Pentagon, Washington, DC

Hey Smitty what ya got there?

Knock it off Bill. I'm on my way to deliver this pile of stuff to the General himself. And I don't need any grief from you.

Come on Smitty just give me a peek. I won't touch nothing. It's not like it's top secret or anything. Come on just a little look see.

Well I suppose a little look see won't hurt nothin. I'm putting my cushy job on the line here so what you got for me in return for this little lookey here?

Don't be a jerk Smitty just hand it over for a sec. Don't get so uppity and all just because your the Generals gofer doesn't mean nothin.

Well it means I can show this to you or not unless you offer something up in return. One hand washes the other ya know.

Ah man ... how about a few smokes for all your trouble?

Make it a even dozen and you got a one minute peek. Deal?

Oh alright it's a deal.

What is that anyway?

I dunno just some map that the General wanted printed up and all colored in. Pretty nice huh? I think it has something to do with the Reds attack. It's probably for some briefing he's got coming up. See there it's got how many divisions the commies are attacking with I bet.

Man that's a hell of a lot. What's going on now must make the Battle of the Bulge look like a picnic. Damn look at all that red and not much of our stuff. What do you make of this anyway.

Well the boxes with ovals in them are armor units, the ones with Xs are infantry, the ones with little wheels under em are motorized.

Gees...What do the little x's mean over the tops?

I pretty sure that the xx are divisions and the xxx are Corps.

Man that makes it even worse looking for our side. How about those figure 8 ones?

Those are some kind of airplane units.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

May 3rd D+1

Joint Chiefs of Staff Meeting
May 3rd, 1946
Washington, DC
07:30 hours

Be seated gentlemen.

You few have been selected to hear the unvarnished truth about our current situation concerning our current nuclear capabilities. You will be found guilty of treason if any of this information leaves this room. Am I clear?!
Let's begin then.

We currently have 4 Abombs ready for assembly. Under normal circumstances they take 2 days to assemble and they have to be used within 48 hours or they have to be taken apart some components replaced and then put back together again.

The bombs are massive and weight over 10,000 lbs each. Only specially designed B29s can deliver them. The B29s have a range of 3200 miles. They can be escorted up to 2000 miles. We currently have 12 of them.

The Abomb is so big that it can only be loaded on the B29 by placing the bomb in a specially designed pit. Then the bomber has to be towed over this pit and the bomb lifted into the bomber. Currently we have two of these pits. One on Okinawa an one in England.

Hopefully this goes a long way in answering why we just don't bomb Moscow and a dozen or so cities and get this war over with.

1. We only have 4 bombs.
2. Not all of them will work as designed.
3. Not all of them will reach the target.
4. The Soviets have a very good air defense system at levels below 25,000 with a fighter force equal to ours.
5. They have had 2 years to study the B29.
6. It will take time to assemble a large enough raid to test their air defence system.
7. There are very few airfields in Europe designed to use the B29.
8. They have assassinated 80% of our Abomb assembly team members.
9. There was and still probably is a spy in the Abomb program and they have all the information I just told you.

Theoretically we could just fly higher than 32,000, feet the current operational height of their frontline fighters. As previously mentioned they have had access to 3 B29s for 2 years and have certainly tried and in their mind, found a solution to the treat of a nuclear attack. Otherwise they would be foolish to attack now.

We have to determine what that defence is and how to neutralize it.

Conservative estimate is that we will be ready to use our greatest weapons in no less than 6 months. In the meantime we are at an extreme disadvantage in conventional forces.

Basically we have to hang on and hope for the best until then.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Briefing continued

Major Wilkes will now take over the briefing.
Good morning,
As General Knock said I am Major Wilkes.

The series of plans we will present today were developed to counter a Soviet invasion of Western Europe and The Middle East...Yes General?

... Yes sir we expect the Soviets to attack in the Middle East as well and soon for various reasons which will become apparent.

Yes sir. Thank you sir. May I continue? Thank you sir.

The best and most complete plan we have is a draft of Plan Griddle.

The Soviets hold all the cards right now and we project that they will overrun Western Europe with the exception of England within 60 days given our force levels and logistics capabilities.....

...........If we can please have order in the room. Please can we all calm down and I will expand on our reasoning. Please sit down...............

Thank you. I know you have lots of questions. More than we have answers I'm sure. Gentlemen please calm down.

This is the best and only plan we have currently and I strongly suggest that we hold off all the questions until after the briefing.

As I was saying, we foresee that the Red Army will be able to overrun all of Germany, France and the low countries in 60 days given our military capabilities. Our British friends are in agreement and are preparing their air defences for another Battle of Britain. The situation is very similar to 1940 in the short run. We will be able to slow them down as will their own logistics challenges. Our plan is to add to those challenges but realistically we will not be able to stop them until we gain our strength back and form a coherent defensive line.

For now that is all we can tell you. Everything else would be conjecture. We have to take inventory of our losses and how fast we can reconstitute the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen... that is currently getting it's ass kicked.

Thank you Gentlemen that is all.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

White House Briefing May 2nd, 1946 6:00am

May 2nd, 1946

6:00 am

War Room

The White House

Washington, DC

Please sit down. General please brief us on the situation.

Thank you sir. It appears as though the Soviets have decided to fulfill their goal of a worldwide workers paradise starting with Europe. They have launched a full scale surprise attack all along the West German border. Their stated aim to the world is to rid Germany of the B29 base we have constructed stating that "It is an obvious provocation that must be eliminated". We have no reason to believe that they have any plan to stop their attack once the base has been overrun which at the rate they are advancing will be next week.

What forces we have left in Europe were at half strength. On paper we have 22 divisions and 500 frontline tactical combat aircraft. of those 22 divisions only 2 are anywhere near combat ready. In the initial attack we lost 75% of our aircraft and 10 divisions on the frontline are out of communication at this time.

The Soviets are attacking in army and corps strength. We believe that have over 60 full front line divisions facing us in Germany with up to 7,000 frontline fighters and ground attack aircraft.

We have reports of large gaps in our front lines with Soviet heavy armor pouring through. They appear to be after our supply depots. The situation is very similar to the opening days of the Battle of the Bulge. This time however we have to contend with an enemy who can match our tactical and operational level air power plane for plane. We do not and will not have air superiority for the immediate future and neither will they.

Our artillery ordinance and fire control are superior to theirs. They have the numbers however and have used it very effectively. As of last reports their massed artillery parks are able to overcome our fewer, more sophisticated artillery arm. As you all know it is a matter of combined arms. Kind of a Rock Paper Scissors situation and right now they have two trump cards which I will get to in a moment.

The reports are that casualties are very high. So far the Soviets are using conventional weapons and systems. No biological or chemical weapons have been reported or even suspected. No secret or unexpected weapons are in use. Our strategic weapons systems are still relatively good order in the US and England.

Our nuclear capabilities are on a need to know basis and those of you who have clearance will be briefed later.

In any event we will not be using Abombs in Europe at this time. I'm sure our allies would rather be "Red than Dead" as I've heard some peaceniks chant. We know that the Soviets have penetrated the inner workings of our nuclear weapons program and know our best kept secrets. Secrets that we cannot even tell you at this time. They know how many bombs we have and exactly what the circumstances are for their use.

Earlier I mentioned that they have two trump cards at this time that they have laid on the table. The first is their heavy tanks. Their model T44 and S3 are far superior to anything we have in Europe at this time. Our M4A2 76 are hopelessly out classed and we are in the middle of phasing out the tank destroyer doctrine which some call a "dismal failure". We so have some Pershing M26 Heavy/Medium tanks that have engaged their heavies with disastrous results. We were able to counter the German heavy tanks with a combination of tactical air power and artillery.

Currently against the Reds both of those options have been negated and we are having a tough time stopping their heavy armor. The Soviet T44 and S3 are virtually unstoppable at this point from any range outside of point blank. Luckily they are in limited numbers and appear to be not very reliable.

The main armor the Soviets are using is the T34 85. A veteran of many a battle in the previous war. It still outclasses our best armor in every category an it is being deployed in huge numbers.

Our only defense to Soviet armor is close in assault tactics using bazookas and high explosive charges place directly on the vehicle. Obviously this is not acceptable and we must find a solution to counter this very real advantage.

Our previous solutions including the use of massive tactical air power and artillery barrage are not available at this time due to lack of air superiority and counter battery fire on a massive scale by the Soviet guns.

Their other advantage at the moment is in their sheer overwhelming numbers. We are well matched in the air and out manned 3 to one on the ground. Their standard frontline fighters are equal to ours in both performance and numbers on a tactical basis...

What was that Congressman?

What I mean by tactical are the actions that are close to the battle field. Tactical weapons are things like, rifles, machine guns, bazookas, ground attack aircraft, tanks. Things that are used on a small scale are close in to the battlefield and short timelines. In the case of the fighters to make it simple I'll say within sight of the ground. Their fighters are as good as ours in the lower to medium altitudes. We do have an advantage higher up but I will talk about that later.

Does that answer your question for now Congressman? Yes sir, my pleasure.

We too have advantages but we cannot bring them to bear at the moment. We have bid our time and use them as soon as we can. Our naval power is unrivaled and they will never be able to match us in sheer numbers and quality. Unfortunately the Soviets have all the resources they need contained on their own landmass. They have no need for shipping. No need for a navy.

Our navy gives us the same advantages that the British Empire had over its rivals. Mobility and the ability to hit anywhere at anytime on any coast. We can hit and run or hit and stay at our leisure as long as we have control or even parity in the air space over the battlefield.

Our second advantage is mobility. Our ground forces are faster and more mobile in every category. If the situation calls for maneuver we have the advantage. As I said before our navy gives us the capability to hit them anywhere at anytime within 400 miles of a coast along with the logistics to support a full scale invasion such as the D-Day operation.

Our third advantage is our strategic bomber force. We pounded the Nazis into surrender and we intend to do the same to the Soviets. We just have to get ourselves into position to accomplish this objective. I'm sure the Soviets have learned their lessons from WWII and are preparing counter measures as we speak. Our B29s along with their escorts can fly higher than their current frontline fighters can reach and have a 1600 mile range with escorts. If we fly without escorts the range increases by 400 miles. Until they produce a counter to our bomber force they are at a great disadvantage. As I said earlier I am sure they are aware of the problem.

They are currently in possession of 3 B29s and have had them since 1944.....

Yes Admiral ... they acquired them in the Far East Theater when our bombers were forced to land in Soviet territory during bombing raids on Japanese forces. So far they have come up with many excuses to delay their return. I’m sure the point is mute now.

If I may continue sir...thank you.

The point is that they have been studying the Super Fortress for almost a year and know it's capabilities and vulnerabilities.

They have very limited strategic air power assets. We have reason to believe that they have gathered a fair number of former German scientists, blue prints, designs and prototypes. They seem to be particularly interested in guided rockets.

Yes Senator...Yes I said guided rockets. The Germans were very advanced and tested numerous models. We can brief you offline later Senator.

We have been studying just this situation for the last 4 months and were about to publish our first draft. I would suggest that it is now our final draft.