Does the internet even develop? Arpanet was a Cold War DOD creation. No Arpanet no internet as we know it.I wonder how World War III ITTL will affect the rest of the world for years to come. Like, how does the internet develop? What does pop culture look like?
It was an out growth of the first distributed network to hook the various Combat and Direction Centers to Radars, Interceptor bases and SAM sites. That program started in 1951, with first test sites in operation in October, 1953. Smashing the USSR to glowing cinders won't change the directions of linked computersDoes the internet even develop? Arpanet was a Cold War DOD creation. No Arpanet no internet as we know it.
With a hot war in ‘53 does it progress beyond that? Best case the entire communist bloc and Western Europe are worse off than 1945 Germany and the U.S. is wounded. With nobody left to fight and domestic reconstruction taking priority that sort of project likely takes a back seat.It was an out growth of the first distributed network to hook the various Combat and Direction Centers to Radars, Interceptor bases and SAM sites. That program started in 1951, with first test sites in operation in October, 1953. Smashing the USSR to glowing cinders won't change the directions of linked computers
*WAllied intelligence estimates of the Soviet military's strength in 1953 still placed it at 4 million. In fact, it was 5.7 million. They mistakenly thought the bulking up of forces they could see in Eastern Europe and along the Soviet frontiers in the Middle and Far East were coming at the expense of slimming down the units in the interior.
That was a perennial American worry. The problem with that is that the Soviet doctrine around nuclear weapons employment during the High Stalin-era was... well, they didn't have one. Stalin basically viewed nukes more as prestige weapons than anything else and straitjacketed the Soviet military thinking on the subject of nuclear ordinance. The explicit idea of using ones own nuclear weapons to pre-empt and destroy the enemies delivery capabilities don't emerge until after Khrushchev takes over. Looking to conventional Soviet bombing doctrine doesn't lend much confidence : when it wasn't being tied to it's usual army (or navy) support role, the VVS tended to revert to old-fashioned psychological terror bombing in the Dehoutian model, which we know now to being pretty useless. That suggests the Soviet bombs would be employed to simply try and terrorize the enemies populace, when they are not deployed for operational purposes (like, for example, dropping one on the harbor of Pusan to cut the supplies to the Americans in Korea).Story-wise, the American nuclear arsenal deployed in Europe can be reduced by Soviet nuclear attacks on the airbases the nuclear weapons are stored in.
Why do you think that in the rest of that post I'm emphasizing the fact that Western forces have thoroughly integrated themselves with nukes as being the decisive factor here?How far could the Soviets really supply an advancing 5.7 million man army as nuclear strikes start happening all over Europe?
What Moscow? Does the US not just keep making bombs after all the Soviets can't really destroy US industry and nuclear production, so they will just keep attacking deeper craters for 8 years......?. The interesting question is, how far east can they push? Moscow is out of the question
How could the Soviet Union keep fight a major war for 8 years when all their major industrial centers have been destroyed?
That's still a very long time when they are under nuclear bombardment.
Why do you think that in the rest of that post I'm emphasizing the fact that Western forces have thoroughly integrated themselves with nukes as being the decisive factor here?
You still seemed to think that they'd at least be able to get into France though. I'm wondering if Soviet logistics could sustain an offensive even that far with nuclear weapons going off all over their supply lines.
The Red Army would be able to charge forward through it's superiority in weight of numbers and material and probably could still reach as far west as the Rhine, but the Americans have tactical nuclear weaponry pretty well integrated into their forces by this point and will blast away at the Soviets with them heavily. By the time they reach the river, they'll be hollowed out, their supply lines will be collapsing under the aftereffects of American strategic nuclear strikes, and the line will likely stabilize there briefly before the continuously reinforcing US and NATO begin to roll them back.
How successful had the CIA been by War Day in determining the location(s) of Soviet nuclear research?
They’re either blown up by a nuke, executed by Soviet soldiers upon them capturing the prison, starved to death in a gulag, or evacuated to a secure location in the UK, Norway, or the US.What about those who were imprisoned at Spandau in 1953? How are they getting out of combat in this scenario?