The first of the two assumed a surprise attack on the Soviet forces stationed in Germany in order to "impose the will of the Western Allies" on the Soviets. The code name was used instead for a defensive scenario, in which the British were to defend against a Soviet drive towards the North Sea and the Atlantic following the withdrawal of the American forces from the continent.
The study became the first Cold War -era contingency plan for war with the Soviet Union. The initial primary goal of the operation was declared as "to impose upon Russia the will of the United States and the British Empire. Even though 'the will' of these two countries may be defined as no more than a square deal for Poland, that does not necessarily limit the military commitment". The chiefs of staff were concerned that given the enormous size of Soviet forces deployed in Europe at the end of the war, and the perception that the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was unreliable, there existed a Soviet threat to Western Europe.
Looking around Kim's study now, past the proud photo of him with the local ice-hockey team, below one of his father and another of various key Soviet politicians shaking hands, my eye is drawn to a large black-and-white print of Che Guevara, which looks out from above one of the bookshelves in the far right-hand corner, like an all-seeing eye. We do know that the nuclear weapons the Russians carried each ship had just one, with a special guard who stayed with it, day and night were to be used only if Russia itself had been attacked. Subscribe to Independent Premium. They felt it was legitimate and patriotic and the right thing to do to cooperate with British intelligence to try to do everything they could to push the US to enter the war as quickly as possible and to provide assistance to Britain. I know that.
The Soviet Union had yet to launch its attack on Japanese forces , and so one assumption in the report was that the Soviet Union would instead ally with Japan if the Western Allies commenced hostilities. The hypothetical date for the start of the Allied invasion of Soviet-held Europe was scheduled for 1 July , four days before the UK general election.
The plan was taken by the British Chiefs of Staff Committee as militarily unfeasible due to an anticipated 2.
Any quick success would be due to surprise alone. If a quick success could not be obtained before the onset of winter, the assessment was that the Allies would be committed to a protracted total war. In the report of 22 May , an offensive operation was deemed "hazardous". In response to an instruction by Churchill of 10 June , a follow-up report was written concerning "what measures would be required to ensure the security of the British Isles in the event of war with Russia in the near future".
The report concluded that if the United States focused on the Pacific Theatre, Great Britain's odds "would become fanciful. The Joint Planning Staff rejected Churchill's notion of retaining bridgeheads on the continent as having no operational advantage. It was envisaged that Britain would use its air force and navy to resist, although a threat from mass rocket attack was anticipated, with no means of resistance except for strategic bombing.
By , tensions and conflicts were developing between Allied-occupied and Soviet-occupied areas of Europe. These were seen as being potential triggers for a wider conflict. One such area was the Julian March an area of southeastern Europe, today split among Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy , and on 30 August informal discussions took place between the British and US chiefs of staff concerning how such a conflict could develop and the best strategy for conducting a European war.
Eisenhower preferring a withdrawal to the Low Countries , rather than Italy , for their proximity to the United Kingdom. In June senior Soviet Army commander Marshal Georgi Zhukov suddenly ordered Soviet forces in Poland to regroup and prepare their positions for defence.
Had the plans of the operation been transmitted to Moscow by the Cambridge Five it would explain the sudden orders to regroup and prepare for defence, however, it is just as possible that it was Soviet mistrust of Western Allies. If the Soviets had indeed known that the Western Allies were planning a possible attack, the element of surprise would have been lost before operations against the Soviets even began, further reducing the chances of Operation Unthinkable's success.
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July Learn how and when to remove this template message. Under those conditions, Commonwealth forces would have possessed approximately tank destroyers by the end of the war. Assault guns amounted to heavy, medium, and 3, light. Assault guns amounted to 16 heavy, 84 medium, and 50 light.
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And so all of my movies have really been about the characters but throughout my earlier concepts or big notions for movies in the 70s and 80s, sometimes upstage the characters that were really making those stories believable and yet a lot of credit was going just for the concept. Those are the kinds of stories that really interest me today. We should be more patient with each other in trying to figure out and celebrate what makes us different, and stop being so quick to judge someone who is not the same as us.