|Seven Days War (Cold to Hot)|
The Seven Days War was the world's first thermonuclear war, between the nations of NATO and the Warsaw Pact. It is one of the most shortest and the most destructive war in history, with a large majority of death been civilians.
Attack on USS Randolph
By 1962, the world was in its highest point of tension in the Cold War with the Cuban Missile Crisis, where the uneasy proxy wars would have the potential develop into a naval battle between the U.S and the USSR in the Caribbean Sea, thus starting the feared WW-III.
At any moment war could have erupted, and it came close when the aircraft carrier USS Randolph was destroyed by a nuclear tipped torpedo. Though viewed initially as and attack, President Kennedy decided to engage in diplomacy.
It is still unclear weather the Soviet government wished to engage in war, though it was certain that the Soviet forces are authorized to engage in using nuclear arms.
White October Incident
An emergency crisis meeting was held by the United Nations Security Council to settle the matter, however, before a resolution was drafted, New York was destroyed by a nuclear warhead, possibly originating from the USSR.
President Kennedy immediately declared war as he was addressed that a nuclear attack occurred on U.S soil. Subsequently, Great Britain, France, East Germany and other NATO countries declared war on the Soviet Union, except for Canada, who's Prime Minister had a strained relationship with the U.S President, and was uninformed of the situation.
The Soviet Union did not respond with an official declaration of war, but rather, launched bombers (suspected to deliver nuclear payloads) from across the North Pole, along with firing their limited arsenal of R-7 ICBMs.
Course of the war
Much of the events of the war are from eye witness accounts of soldiers, surviving commanders, and civilians, since the United States, NATO and Soviet defence headquarters were obliterated by nuclear warheads or nuclear bombs near the end of the war.
The Soviet 1st Army was first to enter beyond the iron curtain and into Germany, pushing in to Handover and overwhelming the unaware NATO troops. The 1st Army immediately pushed westward with the supporting 2nd and 4th Guards Tank Army, leaving the 2nd and 3rd Army to occupy the conquered regions. Meanwhile, the 5th Shock Army in Berlin invaded the Allied zones, and forced the Berlin Brigade to surrender.
The large concentration of Soviet troops were effective in taking certain points, but NATO forces quick to prepare, and ended to Soviet offence into Germany, and persisted at a stalemate for nearly five hours, until Berlin was demolished by a nuclear attack.
Tactical Nuclear Weapon
Both sides claimed the other first used TNW in battle, and for this portion of the war continues to remain much hidden, though it was certain that both sides suffered tremendous damage never seen in warfare before.
The DEW detected numerous Soviet bombers crossing the North Pole and crossing into North America, this greatly aided the American forces as it was able to disable many bombers with the newly developed SAM missiles, though many American city were hit, including Washington D.C.
Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson immediately assumed the role of President, giving the order to launch American bombers into Russia from his Texas home. He is also one of the few federal politicians that did not perish in the nuclear bombing of Washington D.C. President Johnson was later relocated to Cheyenne Mountain.
Surprisingly to the Americans, the Soviet Union did not stage a large takeover of Canada, and did not send more waves of bomber on to North America. The absence of a land invasion might be the result of the destruction of the Kremlin, and much of Moscow.
After several uneasy days of unofficial armistice between the Americans and the Soviets (note that large scale land battle still rages on continental Europe), Prime Minister John Diefenbaker of Canada invited both Johnson and Khrushchev to settle the matter.
Though there was palpable tension between the two leaders, they both agreed on the peace treaty that ended the Seven Days War. John Diefenbaker was later awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for "Preventing Total World Annihilation". Diefenbaker said in his memoir that stopping the war was a pure miracle.
Much of Eastern United States was destroyed or severely damaged by nuclear weapons, along with Germany, regions of the Baltics (Poland was the most damaged), and Western Russia. Rebuilding efforts were slow as many regions had to be quarantined because of dangerous levels of radiation detected.
Seeing the disastrous outcome of the Seven Days War, President Johnson proposed the merging of Canada and the United States in a Federation. Diefenbaker was reluctant to surrender Canadian sovereignty, but a referendum held across the Canada overwhelmingly agreed to congregate, to prevent a possible Soviet invasion, which proved all too possible with the Seven Days War.
The Red Army was ordered to retreat it's main force back to Russia from the new Soviet headquarters in Novgorod, mainly for the rebuilding of the country. Many officers became deserters and sometimes taking regiments with them. Despite the retreat, there was still heavy occupation of the Soviet satellite states.