The Nazi Scheme to Bombard New York City With Rockets and Other Unfinished Military Plans
The Nazi Scheme to Bombard New York City With Rockets and Other Unfinished Military Plans

The Nazi Scheme to Bombard New York City With Rockets and Other Unfinished Military Plans

Khalid Elhassan - January 16, 2020

The Nazi Scheme to Bombard New York City With Rockets and Other Unfinished Military Plans
Kennedy and Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Eniclopedia Historia

1. The World Dodges a Bullet

If JFK had accepted the Pentagon’s advice and invaded Cuba, the results could have been horrific. It is not difficult to envision a desperate local Soviet commander in such a scenario, perhaps cutoff from communications with higher authority, resorting to the tactical nukes at hand to save his command, or at least ensure that its demise did not come cheap. The Red Army, with victory in WWII only 17 years in its past, did not lack military pride or an ethos of defiance unto death.

If the Soviets had used nukes in Cuba, the US intended an overwhelming nuclear response. Things could easily have escalated from there to a full blown nuclear exchange that would have devastated both countries and Europe, irradiated the Northern Hemisphere, and set humanity back centuries. Fortunately, JFK resisted the pressure from his generals and admirals, and relying on diplomacy, back channels, and blockade, successfully diffused the crisis without triggering WWIII.

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Where Did We Find This Stuff? Some Sources and Further Reading

Automatic Ballpoint – Operation Tannenbaum

Battles of the Ancients – How Close Was Alexander the Great to Conquering Southern Italy?

Bentley, Matthew A. – Spaceplanes: From Airport to Spaceport (2009)

Blair, Clay Jr. – Hitler’s U-Boat War: The Hunters, 1939-1942 (1996)

Blair, Clay Jr. – Hitler’s U-Boat War: The Hunted, 1942-1945 (1998)

Imperial War Museum – The Operation Hush

Keegan, John – Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy From Napoleon to Al-Qaeda (2003)

Manchester, William – American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964 (1978)

Miller, David – U-Boats (2000)

National Archives, UK – Operation Unthinkable

National Security Archive – Pentagon Expected 18,500 Casualties in Cuba Invasion of 1962, But if Nukes Launched, “Heavy Losses” Expected

Plutarch – Parallel Lives: Caesar

Summers, Harry G. – On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War (1995)

U-Boat Aces – Rocket U-Boat Program

Wikipedia – Napoleon’s Planned Invasion of the United Kingdom

Wikipedia – Operation Tannenbaum

Wikipedia – Operation Teardrop

Wikipedia – Rocket U-boat

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