WW3 in the 70s?

Horrific. There were a lot of nuclear weapons around and NATO was otherwise very weak.
Hundreds of millions die, massive climate change kills more.
 
Have you ever seen the films The War Game or Threads? They are a good approximation of what it would look like.
I’d add The Road as well. A nuclear war in the latter half of the Cold War would make Dante’s Inferno look like a fun Saturday at Chuck E. Cheese. The USSR had an impressive arsenal of engineered biological weapons (smallpox, plague, anthrax etc) they planned on using also which would further add flavors to the nightmare sundae.
 
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In the air though Soviets are heavily outclassed in let’s say 1976
NATO AirPower have a massive superiority
 
I am killed; my parents house was within the 5 psi radius of Johnson Space Center, Ellington AFB, and numerous refineries and oil storage yards.
 
In the air though Soviets are heavily outclassed in let’s say 1976
NATO AirPower have a massive superiority
Given the USAF is still unfucking itself post-Vietnam and has almost none of its teen-series aircraft...

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Bad end. Both sides in the 70s were wedded quite happily to a nuclear doctrine as well as deploying the full range of bio and chemical weapons. Tactical missiles would fly and it would get very strategic very very quickly.
 
I´am toast, early 70´s I lived near the main base of 12 GGW (Dual Use Nike/Hercules AA rockets), late 70´s still living in the same place but now also old enough to be drafted......
 
Given the USAF is still unfucking itself post-Vietnam and has almost none of its teen-series aircraft...

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And Soviets didn’t have the mig23 /25 except in very small numbers
It would be mostly F4 vs mig21 , so a great turkey shoot over the central front
 
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As possibly the only person on this forum who could have started WW3 in this period, can I say that it wouldn't end well.
Yes indeed

With a POD or two I would have taken up a commission in the TAVR in 1975, thus qualifying to keep you company in Valhalla. Life expectancy of a Signals unit in BAOR being probably very short though hardly sweet.
 
I'd be out of luck, considering, that during the 70s, I was growing up in a small city (Manitowoc, WI) only about 20 miles from 2 nuclear power plants (Point Beach and Kewaunee), that were on the target list. Oh yeah, and let's throw in fallout drifting up with southerly winds, from Milwaukee and Chicagoland (remember, city killer nukes were in their heyday back in the 70s) for good measure.
 
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And Soviets didn’t have the mig23 /25 except in very small numbers
It would be mostly F4 vs mig21
There's much more to air combat than who has the better fighters. The USAF, as I mentioned, is only just unfucking its pilot training, so most of the Air Force still has no Air Combat Maneuver training. This is the low ebb of the USAF's post-Vietnam tactical strength, with the USAF's active tactical fleet outnumbered by both the PVO and VVS individually. Most of its next-gen equipment isn't available - no F-16s, no A-10s, no E-3s, the F-15 is just entering service, no Lima Sidewinders or monopulse Sparrows. Readiness rates were hovering around 50% as late as 1979. And, of course, the usual caveat that the European air forces are even less well-equipped - France and Denmark are still running Super Mysteres and Super Sabres, respectively.

And, of course, who has the better fighter is largely irrelevant if the Soviets just roll over everyone on the ground. Given the Army is even worse off at this time than the USAF...
 
The big question is what sets it off. I assume it’s NATO vs Warsaw Pact with China in the Soviet corner, but what triggers a war no one wants?

Also, which part of the 1970s this begins in is huge. If we’re talking early 1970s with Nixon running the US, this makes him virtually untouchable, and Nixon may be able to work something out with China. If it’s late 1970s with the malaise in full swing and Carter in charge, China may be tempted to sit this one out with Mao dead.

There’s also the issue of the US coming off Vietnam - some really bad shit will have to have happened to rope the US into something that makes Vietnam look like a bar fight.
 
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