Photos from 1983: Doomsday


Foreign tourists go scuba diving in Cebu, Philippines, February 1983.
From http://johncbuchanan.blogspot.com/2012/04/early-memories-philippines-i-let-pirate.html
 

Piccadilly Circus in London as of September 23, 1983. This was the last photo taken in this place in parts of London prior to September 25 Third World War and the destruction.

My Struggle of Life After the Doom, a joint Filipino-ANZC movie which detailed about Fil-Am man named Johnny Amarillio Sanchez living in Los Angeles who desperately understands about the incoming nuclear strike while he was in hospital for visit as the people have rushed to shelter before nuclear warhead hit Los Angeles on September 25,1983.
 

Pre-Doomsday photo: Pope John Paul II moments before being shot by Mehmet Ali Ağca while he was entering the square on May 13, 1981. The Pope was struck four times and suffered severe blood loss but nonetheless survived the assassination attempt.
 
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Red Army's 'ghosts' of Afghanistan.
On September 26, 1983, the response to the Soviet nuclear strike targeted Kabul, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, and Herat, the site of the main access route to the Soviet Union. Other targets included the three principal Soviet military bases: Dasht-e-Kiligai in Baghlan Province astride the north-south highway; Bagram AFB, 45 miles north of Kabul; and Shindand AFB in Farah Province. The nuclear destruction brought on Afghanistan caused a rapid decline of the Soviet backed state and encouraged the Mujahideen resistance in the country to attack the remaining Soviet forces in the area. In October, with the Soviet Union destroyed and with violence in Afghanistan increasing, the remaining Soviet leadership ordered a withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan. The plan was to meet up in Siberia where there was unconfirmed rumors of a still functioning Soviet government. The withdrawal was mostly unorganized, many Soviet soldiers abandoned their equipment and vehicles in their desperate attempts to leave the country. The whole time during the withdrawal over the border troop convoys were coming under attack by enemy fighters. In all over 2,000 Soviet soldiers were killed during the withdrawal. Some Soviet soldiers decided to stay, going warlord and joining in the general anarchy that gripped the country following Doomsday.
 
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Underground Yugoslav air base Željava, built during the 50s & 60s at a price of several billion dollars, designed to house 58 fighter aircraft and survive direct nuclear weapons attacks.
Yugoslavia was attacked during the nuclear war on Doomsday, but only Belgrade was destroyed by a 100kt. nuclear warhead, immediately disrupting the chain of command. The state was also badly effected by nearby bombing of neighboring nations. The blast that hit Sofia and Thessaloniki spread radiation into southern Serbia and Macedonia, although the Balkan Mountains and general wind patterns kept these levels to a minimum. Far worse was the fallout blowing across the Adriatic Sea from Italy into coastal Slovenia and Croatia. Generally the north and center of Yugoslavia were mostly unaffected.

Almost immediately martial law was declared, as well as governmental activity being suspended. As refugees flooded in from across the border conflict between these people and the Yugoslavs. After a few weeks it was decided to completely shut down all border crossings as it was decided that the country could no longer support these people. But even with these measures, the countries days had been numbered, as nationalist sentiment in both Croatia and Slovenia had reached an all-time high by late 1985, culminating in Slovenia declaring independence on October 6th, 1985, followed by Croatia two days later.
 

Stranded American citizens (tourists, surviving servicemen, embassy staff, etc.) in the Philippines boarding the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) for repatriation to the American diaspora in the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand. (AFN/FEN-P - Manila, Philippines, May 20, 1997).
 
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Mint condition Toyota AE86 in an automobile show in Cairns, Australia, August 15, 2019. The Toyota AE86 began production in May 1983. Although Toyota City was spared during Doomsday, the Toyota Motor Corporation withheld production for roughly two decades until Japan stabilized. The AE86 was discontinued in 2005 and is highly sought after by collectors.

(Post inspired from Initial D)
 

Anti-American protest in Japan following Doomsday, November 13, 1983.

While anger was directed towards communist-afflaited groups, having been associated with the Soviets, Chinese, or the North Koreans, a significant portion of anger was also relayed to surviving American military installations in the country. Having failed to defend them, in addition to making the country a target, the soldiers found themselves barricading their bases. After tense negotiations, an agreement was made to expel the majority of U.S. soldiers to the nearest landmass: Korea. The main bulk of these left for the island of Jeju in 1984. Those that remained were absorbed into Japanese society.
 
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Philippine Marines disembarking from LVT-6 amphibious vehicles as part of the Sabah peacekeeping mission, c. 1993.
 
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Two Muslim Liberation Army rebels and Saudi born Jihadi Ibn al Khattab
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Though Iranian supplied MLA gets most kit from Afghan arms trade and captured Siberian gear.
 
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Tactical nuclear weapons go off in Germany as witnessed by this U.S. and NATO armored column , September 26, 1983.

(World in Conflict)
 
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