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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Best Laid Plans

Sergo peaked through his small window looking down on the production floor. Thousands of handpicked workers danced around giant machines in a well cho reographed ballet all designed to make the weapons that would save many civilian lives. Yes they would take many enemy lives as well but they were still instruments of destruction.

Sergo interest in flight oddly did not include combat. In his heart he was fascinated by things that fly and not things that are used to shoot down things that fly. In fact it was offensive to him that there was a need to do such a thing. Flight was glorious. It was life as far as he was concerned yet he couldn’t bring himself to participate.

His injuries caused by his accident had instilled an overwhelming fear that he just couldn’t conquer no matter how hard he tried. He was physically paralyzed even seriously thinking about getting on any kind of machine that could fly. If he was tied up and carried on to a plane he was sure his heart would stop long before he reached the doorway.

No, he would never fly. He could however, make things that prevented others from flying over the motherland and dropping bombs. For whatever reason he could naturally see a problem and come up with a most logical solution. What he had always lacked was a way of communicating those solutions and the power to implement them. Now he had them.

His memos were read by Stalin and Stalin had the power to make his ideas a reality. It baffled him as I’m sure it baffled Ford and Edison when others could not see the wisdom that was placed in front of them. People who struck to the old ways and just could not see the future. He was not a visionary or an inventor but he could see when someone had a good idea and how to use that idea to great advantage. I guess that was his talent. Taking great ideas and putting them into action.

The captured German scientist were a great source of this kind of content and the American and British industrialists were great sources of what works and what doesn’t. It’s really pretty easy for him to look at something that others have already done successfully and recreate those successes. I mean how hard is it to just copy what works and learn from what doesn’t work.

I was just luck that put him in this position. Imagine all those years ago if he hadn’t attended that horrible party and Stalin had not spotted him hiding in the corner. For once his lack of social skills and inability to be politically correct had not only saved his life but actually made all he had accomplished possible. For once his inability to lie or to deceive had actually made him successful. Quite amazing when you think of it which of course he did constantly.

Thank goodness Stalin saw him for what he was and not some kind of threat. He had seen what happens to people who are a perceived threat to Stalin. They simply disappear.

Take for example the idea of testing and using prisoners for production. How smart is it to just kill potentially useful individuals just because of their ethnic background or political beliefs. If a person is dexterous and nimble why not use them in some meaningful way instead of killing them. Feed them enough and have them perform a function that is meaningful. If you have to kill of useless mouths to feed well then kill off the fat fingered stupid ones. The ones who were too old or too ham fisted those are the ones who you discarded. Use the young males and females who test well for the proper jobs.

For the ones who show capabilities train them for more exacting tasks. I’m even considering holding classes for the ones who show promise in design or engineering. A great mind is a shame to squander. It’s not like these workers can cause any trouble with their ideas or political beliefs. They barely have time to eat and sleep and no contact with the outside world. As far as their relatives are concerned they are dead. Only their work keeps them alive and fed.

He did hate using the children. He had to because only their nimble fingers could accomplish some of the tasks demanded. Seeing them work day after day reminded him of after his accident. With only one good eye all his grandfather thought he was good for was menial tasks and shoveling dung. Luckily his Grandfather had died and his mother was able to get him back from the farm.

That reminds him it’s time to finish that last idea about another guidance system the British had developed. Sooner or later the enemy will discover just how the current system worked. This would be a tragedy and he had warned Stalin of such an event. This is why they could never use the system for anything but air defense over friendly territory. Just one unexploded warhead and NATO will be developing a defense. It won’t be hard to come up with a way to defeat the system once they apply themselves.

It was Beria’s idea to go ahead with the invasion even though we had nowhere near the amount of missiles needed to protect even our major cities. It was his idea to basically bluff the Americans and British into thinking that we had missiles everywhere. He was totally confident that his spy network would be able to give our forces 2 weeks notice of where the next target would be. With that kind of time to plan they could get the few missiles they had available in position.

How long this situation would last he had no idea. Beria said at least 2 more years. He personally doubted that. In the meantime all he could do try and develop the next generation. One possibility was to keep using the old German technology and as NATO fails to jam it they may decide to stop wasting their time and equipment and move on to other techniques then we could switch back and actually use the old radar guidance system from the Fritz. A desperate move but it might be worth a try. There was a small chance it would work. So in the mean time we will keep bombarding the jamming systems with signals we know they can easily defeat in the hope they will stop using the most primitive jamming efforts.

Believe it or not this was a hard concept to explain and Stalin had almost thrown him out of his office when he tried to talk to him about it. Luckily he had at least agreed to continue using the old radar and radio control systems. It really must be driving the enemy crazy. They must be positive that their efforts are capable of jamming the Soviet primitive attempts are working. Yet the missiles keep finding their targets. I would love overhear their scientists and engineers squabbling over solutions.

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