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Newly-Declassified US Documents Reveal How Close The Soviet Union Came To Launching A Nuclear Attack During A NATO Weapons Exercise In 1983

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Daily Mail : Thirty minutes from nuclear war: Newly-declassified US documents reveal how paranoid Russians loaded nukes onto fighters in East Germany in 1983 over fears NATO exercise was invasion

* NATO forces carried out Able Archer exercise to simulate a nuclear attack * But Soviet leaders feared the exercise was cover for a genuine offensive * They readied fighter bombers with ‘warloads’ and were on 30-minute alert

Newly released US intelligence files show how close the Soviet Union came to launching a nuclear attack during a NATO weapons exercise in 1983.

The Communist bloc put fighter bombers strapped with nuclear bombs on high alert in East Germany during a ‘war scare’ prompted by a NATO exercise in Western Europe called Able Archer in November 1983.

Soviet leader Yuri Andropov made ‘preparations for the immediate use of nuclear weapons’ and forces were on 30-minute standby to destroy enemy targets in what was one of the tensest moments of the Cold War.

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WNU Editor: The declassified documents are here ….Able Archer War Scare “Potentially Disastrous” (National Security Archive).

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