WW3: Secret plans for ‘full-scale invasion of France’ crushing NATO in TWO weeks exposed
Known as Seven Days to the River Rhine, the covert operation was mapped-out in 1979 by the Warsaw Pact, to gain as much territory as possible from under NATO’s nose before arranging a peace agreement. Files released by the Polish government in 2005, in order to “draw a line under the country’s Communist past” and “educate the Polish public about the old regime” exposed the shocking tactics of using tactical nuclear bombs targeted at West Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and North-East Italy allowing for a rapid invasion to the Rhine River in under a week. The Red Army then planned to steam through France, avoiding unnecessary conflict with the nuclear superpower, before arriving at the Spanish border within 14 days of the mission’s launch.
Author Joseph Pisenti explained on his YouTube channel “RealLifeLore” how this Cold War scenario would have played out if it went ahead.
He said in 2019: “In 1979, the Soviets developed a secret conventional plan to win the upcoming World War 3 against the west and they would do it in under two weeks.
“To understand how the plan would work, it’s important to understand the political and geographic realities of Europe at the time.
“The continent was starkly divided between the two major superpower alliances.
They were going to press on and invade France
“The Warsaw Pact in the east consisting of the Soviet Union itself – Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.
“Then NATO in the west, consisting of the US, Canada, Portugal, Iceland, the UK, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, West Germany, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Greece and Turkey.
“Both Australia and Yugoslavia remained neutral, creating an invasion funnel for both sides across the east-west German border and this is where Germany’s geography became important.”
Mr Pisenti went on to detail how NATO was likely to respond.
He added: “There are two major things to see here, the first is the North German Plain, part of the larger North European Plain, that’s a large, flat and open plain, perfect for the mechanised units of the Warsaw Pact to blitz across – this would be the preferred route of invasion.
“But an advance through here would leave out the major US Airforce base in Frankfurt, which – if not destroyed – would allow the US to pour in reinforcement.
“In the way of the Warsaw Pact advance towards Frankfurt were mountains to the east and west, but a valley in between known at the time as Fulda Gap, which both sides recognised the importance of.
“But the end game of both was to avoid total nuclear annihilation and be in the stronger position when peace was agreed on.
“Therefore the plan from NATO was to grab as much land as possible in a short period of time and prevent reinforcement from the US.”
Mr Pisenti detailed how the Soviet’s planned to overthrow Europe would have played-out.
He added: “The plan developed by the Soviets assumed the first nuclear strike by NATO on Polish cities across the Vistula river, which would prevent the Soviet army from sending reinforcements into East Germany and allow for an invasion.
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“The Soviet’s plan was to kick things off with a limited nuclear strike against NATO targets across West Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy, because none of them had their own nukes to respond.
“Then there would be a full-scale conventional invasion of West Germany, while at the same time, nuclear bombs would be dropped on Vienna and other Austrian cities, before a surprise invasion.
“This would open up another invasion route into West Germany, while more nukes would be fired across Italy to secure the southern flank and prevent a NATO counter-attack.”
But, Mr Pisenti explained why France posed a risk to the Soviet Union’s masterplan.
He continued: “The plan was to continue on to the Rhine River within seven days of the first nuke, but achieving that was an absurd timetable, it would have been the quickest ever in military history.
“But the Rhine wasn’t going to be the end of the Soviet advances, they were going to press on and invade France.
“Once this happened, though, the situation would be a little different in the eyes of the Soviets.
“France was a nuclear power and the USSR were afraid that France would probably respond, so the plan was to invade and push on to the border of Spain in just seven more days.”
Mr Pisenti dubbed the idea a “fantasy,” stating the invasion of France would have provoked a response.
He detailed: “The plan was to get from East Germany to Spain in just two weeks, assuming that nuking non-nuclear states wouldn’t escalate things into a full-scale nuclear war.
“The reality is that if France was invaded by the Warsaw Pact conventionally – after being invaded twice before – they would at least use tactical nukes to destroy the Soviet’s position.
“Overall the plan was a fantasy in the heads of the Soviets, NATO was fully prepared to escalate to full-scale nuclear war in the event.
“If the Soviets ever adopted the strategy, it’s likely that we would have all died.”
Though some of the countries in NATO did not have nuclear weapons, the USSR was aware of Article Five of the military alliance, also known as collective defence.
This states that an attack against one ally, however small, would mean an attack on the whole of NATO and a guaranteed response.
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