cold war gone hot

  1. Edifice: A History of the National Redoubt
    Threadmarks: Chapter 1

    Edifice: A History of the National Redoubt By JessAH The concept of the national redoubt was formulated long before the advent of nuclear weapons, but it has only become relevant since the widespread proliferation and escalating use of weapons of mass destruction. To understand the national...
  2. Role of China in a 1980s WW3?

    If a third world war erupted in the early 80s, and stayed conventional for at least the first few weeks, what kind of role would China play, if any? Sino-Soviet relations were pretty bad, and I could see them possibly going to war with the Soviets, or possibly staying out of the war completely...
  3. How could the shootdown of KAL 007 escalate?

    On September 1st, 1983, the Soviet Union shot down Korean Air flight 007 after it flew off course and entered Soviet airspace. All 269 people on board were killed, including US Congressman Larry McDonald, significantly increasing tensions between the US and USSR. I've always been interested in...
  4. I am kinda stuck with my alternate history Cold War gone hot scenario, I don’t know whether to place it in the 60s or the 80s.

    I want to start a timeline but I don’t know when to place it, I want it To either take place in the 60s or the 80s. Both have their pros and cons and both have their own vibe to them. Hopefully by listing the pros and cons of each that you can decide for me which decade for me to place my...
  5. BNSF1995

    The Cup of Ruin and Desolation: WWIII in 1965

    This is my first attempt at a serious timeline, so don't be too harsh. The goal is to analyze what World War III (and more specifically, nuclear war) would look like if it were fought in 1965. There may be some mistakes, and this may or may not be plausible, but I've gone to great lengths to...
  6. Mr_ Bondoc

    Weird War III

    This is a new alternate history with ASB elements covering the Cold War: https://www.amazon.com/Weird-World-Sean-Patrick-Hazlett/dp/1982124911 What if the United States had gone to war with the Soviet Union? What if these rival superpowers had fought on land, sea, air, and the astral plane...
  7. Rich Communist - A Stupidly Long Thread about Turning the USSR into a Mixed Economy in 50 Years and 10k Words.

    Rich Communist - A Stupidly Long Thread about Turning the USSR into a Mixed Economy in 50 Years and 10k Words Over the last couple of weeks, I've been trying to compile general ideas from alternate history forums about how to delay/prevent the collapse of the Soviet Union. I tried to rank those...
  8. Brky2020

    NCIS: Countdown to Looking Glass (the final version)
    Threadmarks: Part One: Chapter 1

    Countdown to Looking Glass: An NCIS story An alternate history fictional story set in a world combining the NCIS universe with aspects of the DC Comics multiverse To my parents, who always told me I could be anything I wanted to be The Cold War continues into the 21st century and is on...
  9. KuboCaskett

    PC/AHC: Conventional WWIII in the 1960's

    When it comes to having a conventional World War Three, it's usually in the 80's, of which I find a bit overrated, though granted at the time NATO's military is at least on par with the Warsaw Pact's and that the USSR was on the decline by the end of the decade. In the 60's however (to my...
  10. Northern Fury

    Northern Fury: H-Hour, an alternate history novel of the late Cold War, is available for purchase on Amazon. The novel posits a scenario where the August Coup of 1991 succeeds, leading eventually to World War III. From the back cover: August 1991. Soviet hardliner Pavel Medvedev knows...
  11. WI. Nato invades the Soviet Union

    What if NATO invaded the Soviet Union and the other socialist nations at some point during the cold war? Im talking about an all out attack on the Warsaw Pact by NATO. Every Warsaw Pact war plan depicted a NATO attack, and the following defense and counter offensive. Though the soviets had a...
  12. Ace009

    Cold War Gone Hot: How far can the USSR push into Germany before the nukes fly?

    So, I am taking a look at possibly making an Able Archer 83 timeline, and I just realised. NATO in that time period was EXTREMELY different from the NATO of my previous attempt at such a timeline that had the war break out in the Yom Kippur War. And since there is no way the Soviets could reach...
  13. Veranius

    TLIAW- One Minute to Midnight: The Allied-Soviet War of '93
    Threadmarks: Prologue

    One Minute to Midnight- The Tragedy of the Allied-Soviet War of ’93 in Five Acts “This is a time when things must be done before their time. One minute to midnight.” Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, February 9th, 1993 {Disclaimer: the following passages have been generously provided by John...
  14. KuboCaskett

    WI: Berlin Blockade of '48 Leads to WWIII?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Blockade So, how would this blockade plausibly start WWIII and how would the conflict play out in the late 40's? I know for a fact that Stalin wasn't willing to start a conflict at the time but I figure it would take a lot of straws to break his mental back.
  15. KuboCaskett

    Possible Weapon Innovations and Inventions from a 1980's Conventional WWIII?

    For my TL which will feature events set after a WWIII in the first half of the 1980's (that stayed mostly conventional mind you so the total nuclear exchange is off the table), one thing that needs to be addressed are the possible innovations and inventions that spawned from the conflict so they...
  16. KuboCaskett

    Berlin Crisis '61 WWIII Planning Thread

    Inspired by Ace009's thread about making a WWIII that starts in 1973, I've taken upon myself to do the same with one that happens in the early 60's, though it is for my TL. Edit: Once had a "conventional first" requirement but I removed it recently due to research related issues of how a better...
  17. Zachariah

    AHC: Soviets win WW3

    Looks like there are a whole host of brilliant WW3 ATLs here on AH.com; however, I've noticed that pretty much all of them end with the USA and NATO emerging victorious, and all traces of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact dying in an unparalleled nuclear holocaust. As such, your challenge is...
  18. Ace009

    1973: Al-Qaiyama

    Hello, gentlemen and welcome to Earth.....in the year 1973. The 1970s were a time of change, of upheaval, of conflicts, and detenté. Among said conflicts, was a military conflict in the Middle East called the Yom Kippur War. For those that have not paid attention in history class, I will mention...
  19. Ace009

    Yom Kippur War Goes Hot Timeline Planning Thread

    So, this being an alternate history where the Yom Kippur War started WWIII, we need to start planning things out: first, a course of events that transcribe throughout the conventional WWIII that lasts for at least 3 weeks, and then culminating in 2017/2018, depending on the progress of the...
  20. Ace009

    The Third World War: Who Would Win?

    Alright, so, question: I have been thinking of doing a scenario so far where the Cold War goes hot due to the Yom Kippur War, especially with that one time that Brezhnev threatened to intervene if Israel kept violating the ceasefire, which in the scenario I am about to postulate, it did violate...
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