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Hi Everyone, the creator(s) of this Timeline have not improved it since June 2009, so I'm going to adopt it! VENEZUELA 02:22, July 31, 2010 (UTC)

Failed Negotiations

  • October 28: Negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union collapse after Khrushchev, fearing loss of support in the Soviet Union, turns down Kennedy's demand for removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba and American missiles (secretly) from Turkey.
Nuclear-explosion
  • October 29: President Kennedy, his entire Cabinet, Congress, the Senate and the Joint Chiefs are evacuated from the Greater D.C area in order to preserve government in case of a nuclear attack.

War Breaks Out

October 30

  • October 30 11:14-11:47 AM: Cuban radar mistake U.S aircraft moving south from Florida and U.S naval movements as a prelude to an attack to take out Cuba's retaliatory strike capabilities. Fidel Castro, knowing he has only one launch ready nuclear missile and believing there to still be U.S military leaders in Washington orders a first strike on the United States with the lone nuclear missile.
  • October 30 11:52-11:56 AM: President Kennedy is alerted that the Cubans have launched a Soviet nuclear missile at the U.S. He immediately orders two missiles (one targeted at Havana, Cuba and one targeted at Moscow, Soviet Union) to be launched on his command.
1962- First Strike Map1

World in 1962 with military alliances of NATO and Warsaw Pact at the date

  • October 30 12:02-12:07 PM: The Cuban missile explodes in just short of Washington D.C with the force double that of the Hiroshima bomb, instantly obliterating more than half of the city including the Pentagon, the National Guard and heavily damaging the Capitol Building and killing 78,000 people within 30 seconds. Two minutes later, President Kennedy is alerted and orders the launching of both missiles immediately. Within two hours 375,000 die from the blast or its resulting implications.
  • October 30 12:09-12:38 PM: Khrushchev is informed of what has happened and immediately orders Soviet and Warsaw Pact forces to capture West Berlin. He also orders Soviet bombers to begin commencing air raids on U.S cities and orders the Soviet navy out to sea. One minute later one of the American missiles explodes in Havana killing thousands, including Raul and Fidel Castro. Six minutes after that the second missile explodes squarely in Moscow reducing the entire city to ruins. Khrushchev narrowly escapes, having been evacuated with five minutes to spare.
  • October 30 1:37 PM: NATO aircraft begin engaging Soviet aircraft over Western Europe. Several Soviet bombers are shot down.
  • October 30 2:12-2:25 PM: U.S aircraft begin pounding the Cuban military. Within hours the active Cuban Air Force is destroyed and the navy is rendered useless.
  • October 30 2:36-3:14 PM: With a war raging across the world and the survival of his nation at stake president Kennedy fails to make contact with Khrushchev. Meanwhile in Berlin house to house conflict erupts between NATO and Warsaw Pact forces. Soviet Bombers begin reaching their targets in the continental United States. Fighting at sea also becomes intensely fought.
  • October 30 3:07-3:19 PM: Nuclear-armed bombers drop their payloads all over the continental United States and Canada.Seattle, Minneapolis, Anchorage, and Detroit, are all annihilated, as well as the Canadian cities of Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. Tens of thousands of civilians are killed or wounded. 70% of Soviet bombers are shot down as they enter or leave American airspace. Similar events occur in Europe,the Middle East, East Asia, the Soviet Union, Central America and Australia. At 3:15 PM a Soviet 2 megaton bomb reaches its target at Strategic Air Command in Omaha, Nebraska. The blast kills 94,000.
  • October 30 4:01-4:37 PM: Soviet Missiles strike Communist China in a preemptive strike to stop a possible Chinese invasion of the Soviet homeland. Beijing along with several Chinese military bases are completely incinerated.
  • October 30 4:52 PM: Six American missiles are launched from their bases in Turkey at targets in the Soviet Union.
  • October 30 5:07 PM: All but one missiles reach their targets and effectively destroy several key Soviet command centers and air bases.
  • October 30 5:37 PM: A Soviet missile heading for NATO headquarters in Belgium detonates destroying its target completely.
  • October 30 6:26 PM: Ground fighting breaks out between PLA and Red Army forces on the Soviet-Chinese border. Huge casualties are suffered on both sides. The Chinese have larger numbers but the Soviets have aerial supremacy.
  • October 30 6:48 PM: The remaining Soviet Command and Control Authority orders the launching of 6 additional missiles at Key Chinese military sites. They also authorize the use of tactical nuclear weapons on Chinese forces.
  • October 30 7:00 PM: Chairman Mao is killed when a Soviet missile destroys his bunker, and 3 more missiles hit their targets.
  • October 30 7:13 PM: U.S special forces and regular army units begin securing vital oil supplies throughout Saudi Arabia.
  • October 30 7:30-8:30 PM: Seeing global chaos as their opportunity to strike, Egypt, Syria and Jordan begin invading Israel. Farther East, India and Pakistan begin engaging in armed heavy conflict. In Southeast Asia insurgencies begin to go out of control. In the United States President Kennedy declares martial law while in Europe full scale war breaks out as Warsaw Pact forces begin invading Western Europe. Operation Gladio, a secret contingency plan, becomes active.
  • October 30 8:47 PM: Several airfields in Western Europe begin launching nuclear armed bombers towards the Soviet Union, and other Warsaw Pact nations.
  • October 30 9:17-9:32 PM: Soviet paratroopers begin landing in Alaska. These units immediately begin destroying gas pipelines and attack U.S Air Force bases, missile facilities and radar and communications installations.
  • October 30 10:21 PM: Combat in Alaska escalates to full battles heavy combat occurs outside Anchorage. Civilian casualties begin to rise.
  • October 30 10:48-11:31 PM: London and Paris, and Lisbon suffer heavy conventional bombing. In the Middle East Israeli aircraft successfully destroy hundreds of their Egyptian and Syrian counter parts. U.S and Soviet clashes in Saudi Arabia and Alaska escalate further.
  • October 30 11:50-12:30: Japan suffers heavy bombing from both Chinese and Soviet aircraft. Tokyo, Kyoto and Yokohama are hit particularly hard. Casualties are in the thousands. Attempts by Chinese aircraft to destroy the U.S base at Okinawa disastrously fail. The U.S retaliates by destroying Chinese air bases on the mainland, which are successful.

October 31

  • October 31 12:47-1:36 AM: Soviet and Warsaw Pact armored forces supported by aircraft begin blitzing West Germany and Finland. NATO defenses begin reacting rapidly to halt the advance. By 1:15 AM West Berlin has been fully occupied by East German forces.
  • October 31 1:50-2:13 AM: Aircraft from the U.S.S Enterprise intercept Soviet aircraft attempting to destroy the U.S base at Pearl Harbor.
  • October 31 3:00-3:36 AM: Nuclear armed Soviet bombers successfully destroy several air bases in Western Europe using tactical nuclear weapons. Upon hearing of this British, French and American leaders send more missiles towards the Soviet Union's advancing armies. In the Middle East Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian armies are thwarted, but more re-inforcements arrive. Farther east India and Pakistan continue to fight vigorously. In Alaska Soviet paratroopers begin to suffer huge losses after additional American forces show up. Attempts by the Soviet Union to re-inforce their own troops in Alaska fail as their transport aircraft are shot down while entering American airspace.
  • October 31 3:44 AM: The missiles launched by NATO detonate at medium altitude above the advancing forces of the Warsaw Pact. Though the blasts cause only light casualties they seriously damage communications among the advancing battle groups and disorganize their forces. The battle groups wait two hours before advancing.
  • October 31 4:02 AM: Despite being at war, a power struggle breaks out between rival Chinese leaders to determine the next chairman of the Communist party.
  • October 31 4:32-5:31 AM: British troops begin engaging Soviet forces in West Germany by attacking at the best opportunity. Soviet forces suffer great casualties and lose valuable equipment, though sheer numbers settle it into a stalemate. After almost 45 minutes of combat, though, the British fall back behind their defensive lines.
  • October 31 5:43-7:14 AM: Furious Soviet commanders send their men forward in a massive push. By sheer force their tanks break through NATO defensive lines. Facing defeat NATO forces move into a massive retreat. As NATO forces run they are miraculously saved by Italian, French, British and Dutch aircraft that cause enough Soviet casualties to stop the advance. Soviet commanders, believing that their enemies must not be allowed to escape (but not knowing the exact location of the enemy due to damaged communications) order tactical nuclear strikes across a large area. When the weapons are dropped they detonate and inaccurately destroy huge swaths of land killing thousands of both NATO and Warsaw Pact forces as well as civilians. America sends more bombers to destroy another Soviet offensive. With little contact with their commanders both NATO and Warsaw Pact forces halt their movements.
  • October 31 7:29-8:01 AM: American paratroopers begin landing in Cuba and meet fierce resistance from the Cuban military. Che Guevara, the de facto leader after the deaths of Fidel and Raul Castro, goes "Back into the hills" as in the days of "La Revolucion" to command the resistance.
  • October 31 8:22-9:06 AM: Soviet forces in Alaska refuse to surrender and begin a second round of fighting. Meanwhile in Saudi Arabia several key oil reserves are destroyed by both Soviet and American forces. The war between Israel and it's neighbors meets a turning point as Israel captures the Golan Heights and West Bank and beats back the Jordanian army and Egyptian tank units. In China the war with the Soviet Union spreads into Mongolia with Chinese forces moving against the capital city of Ulan Bator. As the war escalates the Soviets drop an atomic bomb on Shanghai. In India, the war with Pakistan becomes indecisive.
  • October 31 9:24-10:23 AM: American troops begin sailing into Cuba, and the country begins to lose strength though still furiously fighting against American troops. Massive Egyptian forces begin to attack Israel, and set up trenches far into Israeli land. Meanwhile, Soviets begin forcefully pushing their way through Alaska. French and British troops begin liberating West Germany.
  • October 31 10:41-11:59 AM: Cuban and American troops slaughter each other at the battle of Matanzas. American ships begin to be torpedoed, but they are slightly winning the ground battle. French troops capture Wiesbaden from the Soviets. Britain comes in from the North and attacks large cities such as Bremen and Hamburg. The Germans are granted permission from NATO countries to begin building their own Anti-Soviet army. Soviets are ambushed from the back of their offensive and when another fire bomb is launched, they are forced to submit. Egyptians move farther into Israel just in time to dig trenches before massive Greek re-inforcements arrive.
  • October 31 12:07-12:42 PM: President Kennedy meets with the Joint Chiefs at a top secret location to discuss the war. With U.S forces beginning to gain the advantage Kennedy and his generals debate whether to negotiate peace with the Soviets or to continue to fight. After a mere twenty minutes of debating they unanimously agree to continue to fight the Soviets.
  • October 31 1:00-6:00 PM: Over the course of the afternoon mass rioting occurs in Latin America. The governments of Mexico and Argentina declare martial law and bring their countries to war on the side of NATO. In Cuba, U.S troops continue moving inland and take several key strongholds after suffering heavy casualties. In Europe NATO forces continue to push Soviet forces back hundreds of miles. At 4:01 PM a spat of nuclear exchanges occur after the Red Army uses nuclear weapons in China and via submarine on the U.S cities of Los Angeles, Charlotte, and Atlanta. Upon hearing of this Kennedy orders the launching of a missile at Smolensk in the Soviet Union. After the detonation of the missiles, China sends its own missile directly toward Samara. In the Middle East, the United States suffers heavy losses against the Soviet Union in Saudi Arabia. In Israel the Egyptians once again are pushed back by Greek re-inforcements. In Pakistan, Indian forces break through and begin capturing huge tracks of land in Kashmir. In Iran, Iranians begin rising up against the Shah violently. In Vietnam the Communist North invades the democratic South. In Alaska the Soviet drive continues and thousands more U.S re-inforcements arrive to try to quell the Red Army. In South Africa black uprisings occur which are met with violent response by the government. In Albania, Greek, French, Italian and Turkish troops begin invading in full force.
  • October 31 6:38-7:14 PM: Finland and Sweden officially join the war on the side of NATO and begin to invade the North Western Soviet Union. Finnish forces make a push towards Leningrad and receive greatly needed support when British aircraft drop an atomic bomb on the Soviet fleet at Murmansk.
  • October 31 7:58-8:42 PM: The Red Army in Alaska becomes completely surrounded by U.S forces and once again begins experiencing heavy losses. After attempts to break through American lines fail, the starving and outnumbered Soviet forces surrender. In East Pakistan (Bangladesh), Indian forces invade and occupy the entire country. East Germany continues fall to the French and British, as well as West Germans.
  • October 31 8:53-10:27 PM: Pakistan and Bangladesh begin to raid many Indian Military Bases. The attacks mostly fail and produce high casualties for both Pakistan and Bangladesh, though are successful in destroying six of them. Bangladesh is also successful is liberating part of the country from Indian troops, which set up turrets and other defensive weapons to prevent more revolts.
  • October 31 10:58-11:31 PM: American troops begin entering the major cities of Cuba though resistance is fierce American troops make progress. In other places throughout Latin America wars breakout. Brazil officially joins the war on the side of NATO.

November 1

  • November 1 12:21-1:02 AM: Uprisings against the Shah in Iran turn into all out war when troops are deployed to the streets.
  • November 1 1:24-1:53 AM: Chinese forces begin invading Hong Kong and Macau. Within twenty minutes Britain and Portugal have requested American and French support, which comes quickly.
  • November 1 2:00-3:25 AM: The U.S military tells China to pull back from Hong Kong and Macau or face nuclear retaliation. When China refuses an American submarine destroys Beijing with a nuclear missile. A British missile heads toward Shanghai, and Macau's invaders are forced to submit under heavy French and Portuguese offensives. Hong Kong is turning into a stalemate.
  • November 1 3:39-5:30 AM: After the British missile obliterates Shanghai, a Chinese air strike flies over Hawaii and bombs it heavily, but are beaten back before much damage is done. Britain puts up heavy guard for London. Iran puts down the rebellion. Brazil stations troops in the Lesser Antilles and sends supplies and re-inforcements to American troops in Cuba, because the resistance is now slightly more powerful than the American troops. Greek and Turkish troops fail to arrive in time at Bulgaria, which had just been invaded by Soviet Forces.
  • November 1 5:37-7:18 AM: A massive Japanese air offensive heads stealthily towards Novosibirsk, while China prepares another strike. Bulgaria tries to invade Greece, but is only successful in provoking more Greeks to fight them. Italy sends troops to help the Greeks, but Bulgaria manages to hold up after fresh Soviet troops come to help.
  • November 1 7:58 AM: An official ceasefire is signed between Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The four countries would eventually accept each other and form an alliance.
  • November 1 8:25-9:11 AM: Turkey invades the Soviet Union with American and Portuguese support. Several Soviet bombers are shot down over the Greek homeland.
  • November 1 9:37-11:25 AM: Japanese bombers reach Novosibirsk, and only one of the group of fourteen are shot down and captured. This would be an asset for the Japanese, since the Soviet Union was dealing with America. German, Scandinavian, and French troops push harshly against Soviet Resistance. They push the front miles forward. British aces drop conventional bombs over China. Cuban revolutionary hero, Che Guevara is killed during combat with U.S forces. As time passes the Cubans, begin to lose more and more men and material and are pounded on all sides by the U.S military.
  • November 1 12:00-1:52 PM: German aircraft heavily bomb Yekaterinburg, but many bombers are shot down after successfully completing the bombing run. Spain joins NATO, and Iran and South Africa fall to uprisings again.
  • November 1 2:28-3:11 PM: After suffering unprecedented losses and destruction, Chinese leaders sign a ceasefire with NATO and the Warsaw Pact.
  • November 1 3:42-5:24 PM: Japanese bombers swoop over more Soviet cities and military bases. Like the previous offensive, the Japanese forces are successful. French troops start to pore into East Germany. Portuguese and West German support comes from behind.
  • November 1 6:04-7:13 PM: Khrushchev meets with many of his top advisers to discuss a plan for the dire situation of the war. After debating, Soviet commanders agree to launch one final offensive and
    1962 Map 1

    World at November 1 6:00 AM with military alliances of NATO and Warsaw Pact at the date

    then seek peace with NATO.
  • November 1 7:42-8:20 PM: Iraq, seizing its chance invades Iran and makes rapid progress and faces little resistance as Iranian troops are busy putting down a rebellion.
  • November 1 9:00-10:00 PM: The great Soviet offensive begins with the remaining Soviet troops moving east and south to strike the advancing NATO armies. Within hours NATO forces are pounded on all European fronts by the advancing Warsaw pact. The Soviet attack is relentless as they use numbers rather than tactics to to strike at NATO's lines. Despite heavy losses the Soviets continue to advance.
  • November 1 10:11-10:57 PM: The Soviet advance is drastically slowed as NATO aircraft begin to penetrate the Warsaw Pact's weak air cover and begin inflicting vast casualties on the Pact's forces. By 10:30 PM the remnants of the Red air force arrive to provide relief to their armies.
  • November 1 11:16-12:28 PM: At 11:00 PM President Kennedy orders a massive retaliatory air strike on the Soviet and Warsaw Pact armed forces. As NATO aircraft begin a massive air raid against the remaining Warsaw Pact air bases and munitions supplies across Eastern Europe. The raid destroys huge portions of the Soviet military industrial complex.
  • November 1 12:52-1:41 PM: As the war begins to cool down, Kennedy manages after much difficulty to contact Khrushchev. After half an hour of negotiating they agree upon an unconditional cease-fire effective in half an hour.

Post-War (1962-1969)

1962

  • The brief and destructive conflict between the superpowers comes to an end after the death of millions.
  • Three days after the ceasefire President Kennedy gives a rousing speech in Philadelphia in which he pledges to rebuild America following the great destruction of the war.
  • For the rest of the year there is unusually cold weather throughout the world.
  • Unrest continues across the globe.

1963

  • Recovery continues.
  • America's industries, stricken by the Soviet attack on American cities, recover in un-bombed areas.
  • The American government relocates the capital to Philadelphia, while Canada chooses the city of Vancouver as their new capital.
  • In the Middle East, the Iranian revolt dies down when the Shah introduces a new constitution guaranteeing greater political freedom. The Iranians eventually succeed in pushing out the Iraqi invaders.
  • In South Africa, the Apartheid regime is taken down and a regime based on liberal democracy and equality is set up, although mild racial tensions will linger for quite a while.
  • The USSR and Continental Europe have sustained the greatest damage. Massive use of tactical nuclear weaponry leaves the interior of Europe decimated.
  • Heavy radiation leaves much farmland unarable. Many population centers are damaged by nuclear blasts. In Eastern Europe, people begin to rebel against Soviet domination, feeling that the Soviets are responsible for their plight. By the end of the year, the Warsaw Pact will be dissolved and the Communist governments of Eastern Europe overthrown as the USSR deals with problems closer to home.
  • In China, a civil war erupts as elements of the Chinese Communist Party continue to struggle for supremacy. Taiwan, taking advantage of the chaos, makes small territorial gains on the southern Chinese coast.

1964

  • The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland is dissolved.
  • Poland invaded and annexed its territory lost after WWII, which had been seized by the Soviet Union
  • Finland invades the inhospitable Karelia regions of the Soviet Union and annexed them, and also the areas nearby having a large Finnish population
  • Baltic Republics secede
  • Ethnic and religious problems begin at the entire Caucasus
  • Romania annexed Bessarabia.
  • Turkey seized the Adjara part of Georgia.
  • The Soviet Union annexed the puppet state of Mongolia, while millions of Chinese immigrants enter the Union as a result of the WWIII and the Chinese Civil War
  • While the United States recovers from the crisis, the United Nations is disbanded and the League of Nations is recreated with its Headquarter in New York occupying the former UN building
  • Jack Kennedy is re-elected overwhelmingly, with a new vice president, George Smathers.
  • In Spain, the dictator Francisco Franco is overthrown by the European Crisis and the Third Republic is proclaimed Spanish. As the USA is recovering from its own crisis unable to help a Europe that is now in chaos and anarchy, many Europeans migrate to Latin America.
  • Germany unified, this year will be know as the year of the territorial changes.

1965

  • The Soviet Union collapses into civil war, after its people begin to question their leaders and Communism

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