Just two days after the
, the British government has concluded that the war is inevitable: intelligence from the British military intelligence service 6 shows that the Soviet army has gathered a large number of military forces on the Turkish border and deployed a large number of troops on the Bulgarian border.
with the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the relationship between the Soviet Union and Western countries once reached the lowest point since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. How did the West want to take measures to deal with it? The British Daily Mail disclosed on February 26 that the document with a confidentiality period of 30 years just released by the British National Archives said that in 1981, the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher felt trapped in “an unprecedented political dilemma”, and her government finally decided to simulate the outbreak of the Third World War to deduce the consequences of Britain’s use of nuclear weapons.
“the Soviet army completely captured Europe”
“in 1981, Mrs Thatcher, who had been in power for only 22 months, was restless in the prime minister’s office at No. 10 Downing Street.” documents disclosed by the British National Archives showed that the “Iron Lady” thought she was in a more difficult situation than any of her predecessors at that time, So the cabinet office was instructed to plan a highly confidential exercise that could be almost unreal, so as to prepare for the worst possible war.
according to the exercise assumption of the cabinet office, “At Christmas 1979, the Soviet Red Army had invaded Afghanistan. At the same time, the United States had just experienced the general election, the new President Reagan fell into complex internal affairs, and the White House had no time to prevent the Soviet military attack. The British government’s assumption of the Soviet Union was that Soviet Communist leader Brezhnev was ousted in a coup and the political situation in the Kremlin was dominated by Parker The top of the G.B. In other words, once the war breaks out, there is no possibility of negotiation between the East and the West.
in the simulation at that time, Margaret Thatcher’s role was played by Richard Hardy Smith, the British government’s cabinet official in charge of emergency affairs. In the face of a country about to fall into chaos, the “Thatcher” repeatedly read a letter from the European allied supreme command, in which she was asked to authorize a nuclear attack on the area called the “iron curtain” by the former prime minister, thus starting the Third World War. With the approval of “Mrs. Thatcher”, the US missile launch base in Greenham, Kent, England entered a state of war standby on March 9, 1981, targeting Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. According to the design of the cabinet office, the area where the NATO allies are located is divided into “blue zone”, while the area occupied by the Soviet army is divided into “orange zone”. Just two days after
, the British government has concluded that the war is inevitable: intelligence from MI6 shows that the Soviet army has gathered a large number of military forces on the Turkish border and deployed a large number of troops on the Bulgarian border. A few days after
, the war became more unfavorable to the Western allies. The Warsaw Pact forces soon fully occupied the Yugoslav region. At the same time, West Germany and Norway are also on the verge of falling. Iraq, on the other hand, turned to the Soviet Union in an all-round way, and devoted its national strength to attacking neighboring Turkey, tearing up another military breakthrough at the border between Asia and Europe. In addition, information from the Norwegian intelligence agency said that the Soviet army had been found slowly attacking its northeast border, and the city was just around the corner.
“Margaret Thatcher” decided to attack the “iron curtain”
“In the early morning of March 16, 1981, Soviet warplanes flew into British airspace and dropped 100 bombs, which immediately turned Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, Liverpool, Manchester and Southampton, the main cities in England, into a piece of rubble, killing tens of thousands of people. The railway stations and RAF bases were bombed every day, and thousands of frightened people fled the big cities. , looting and other crimes can be seen everywhere. ”
the British authorities assumed that half an hour after the Soviet bombing of Britain, Margaret Thatcher convened the then British Foreign Secretary Carrington and Defense Secretary nott to hold an emergency meeting at No. 10 Downing Street to discuss their countermeasures. In the exercise of the hypothetical war, Carrington, played by a senior cabinet official, determined that “the European coalition force had been severely damaged by the Soviet Army on the European battlefield at about 4:30 in the morning of that day, and neither the US Army, the British Army nor the West German army could compete with the orange army”. In the development of the war on that day, the most worrying thing for Britain was that the fourth air base of the European coalition army in boham, Norway, was raided and occupied by the Soviet paratroopers, and the Soviet air strike force was very close to London. The military analysis meeting of
lasted nearly three hours, and “Thatcher” finally decided to ask the Ministry of the interior to issue a wartime warning. But just hours after the cabinet meeting, the British central government building was accidentally attacked by a car bomb, and then the green park subway station near Buckingham Palace was also exploded, killing eight civilians on the spot. At Edinburgh Airport and London’s Victoria railway station, organizations with an Irish extreme nationalist background launched terrorist attacks, killing more than 100 people in the explosion.
in London, the economy is also in chaos. All kinds of canned foods that can be stored for a long time have been sold out, and daily necessities such as sugar and flour have also disappeared on the market. Gasoline prices soared in London and densely populated areas in southeastern England, but soon sold out. In order to slow down the consumption of daily necessities by the urban population, the British Ministry of defense also sent a large number of German wives and children of male employees back to Germany for temporary residence. At that time, at least 15000 Britons chose to take refuge abroad every day.
on March 17, the British government announced the safe transfer of all important assets in the capital London, Edinburgh, Scotland and Cardiff, Wales. The cabinet war office asked Queen Elizabeth II to speak and encourage the British people not to succumb in the war. But on the same day, the latest analysis of the Warsaw Pact Organization believed that Britain’s air defense forces had