Able Archer 83: The Secret History of the NATO Exercise That by Nate Jones,Thomas S. Blanton

By Nate Jones,Thomas S. Blanton

In November 1983, Soviet nuclear forces went on excessive alert. After months nervously looking at more and more assertive NATO army posturing, Soviet intelligence organizations in Western Europe bought flash telegrams reporting alarming job on U.S. bases. In reaction, the Soviets begun making plans for a countdown to a nuclear first strike by means of NATO on japanese Europe. after which capable Archer eighty three, an enormous NATO battle video game workout that modeled a Soviet assault on NATO allies, ended.

What the West didn’t understand on the time was once that the Soviets notion Operation capable Archer eighty three used to be actual and have been actively getting ready for a shock missile assault from NATO. This shut scrape with Armageddon was once mostly unknown till final October while the U.S. govt published a ninety-four-page presidential research of capable Archer that the nationwide safeguard Archive had spent over a decade attempting to declassify. Able Archer 83 is predicated upon greater than 1000 pages of declassified records that archive staffer Nate Jones has pried free from a number of U.S. govt corporations and British information, in addition to from previously labeled Soviet Politburo and KGB records, vividly recreating the ambience that just about unleashed nuclear war.

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