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Great Nuclear War of 1962/World War III
Date October 27-28, 1962 (nuclear war)
Post-war conflicts continue to this day.
Location Worldwide:
  • North America, Europe, Asia, and parts of Oceania
Result Stalemate. No peace treaty signed.
  • Ceasefire declared (1990s; proposed)
  • 150 million+ dead worldwide
  • 85 million+ dead in the following aftermath
  • Nuclear Winter of 1962
  • Dissolution of several countries
  • Emergence of countless survivor states in nuked areas
  • Early independence of remaining European colonies in the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, and South America
Flag of NATO NATO and allies:
  • Flag of Belgium Belgium
  • Canadian Red Ensign (1957-1965) Canada
  • Flag of Denmark Denmark
  • Flag of France France
  • Flag of Greece Greece
  • Flag of Italy Italy
  • Flag of Japan Japan
  • Flag of Jordan Jordan
  • Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
  • Flag of Portugal Portugal
  • Flag of the Philippines (navy blue) Philippines
  • Flag of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
  • Flag of South Korea (1948) South Korea
  • Flag of Turkey Turkey
  • Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Flag of the United States United States
  • Flag of Germany West Germany
Warsaw Pact Logo Warsaw Pact and allies:
  • Flag of Albania Albania
  • Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
  • Flag of Cuba Cuba
  • Flag of East Germany East Germany
  • Flag of North Korea North Korea
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China People's Republic of China
  • Flag of Poland (1928-1980) Poland
  • Flag of Romania (1952-1965) Romania
  • Flag of the Soviet Union (1955-1980) Soviet Union
  • Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
Here are the list of targets that were selected during the Great Nuclear War of 1962, commonly known as the Nuclear Apocalypse or Word War III. The war occurred as a result of the U.S. Invasion of Cuba when the Soviet Union directly intervened, resulting in direct clashes with American forces. All it took for it to escalate was when a USAF B-52 bomber returning from a bombing run in Cuba that crashed and exploded a nuclear device in the process. This mistake led the U.S. to think they were under Soviet attack and thus launched their missiles to the USSR, the Warsaw Pact, Cuba, China, and their allies. The USSR responded in kind though the country of France was spared despite it being a member of NATO. It was the deadliest conflict in human history, surpassing the two major conflicts of the 20th century. Estimated death toll varies, but it is highly accepted that many as 180 million people died on that day, with another 85 million dying due to fallout, radiation, infighting, starvation and sickness. As of 1990, no peace treaty has been signed meaning that the belligerents are technically still at a state-of-war, but the United States of the Pacific, the successor of the USA, and the Soviet Union have declared a ceasefire among their troops and their allies.

North America


  • Ottawa
  • Montreal
  • Toronto
  • Windsor
  • Quebec City
  • Mississauga
  • Hamilton


  • Havana
  • Santiago de Cuba


Note: Danish territory

  • Thule Air Base

United States


  • Fort Rucker
  • Maxewell Airfoce base (bomber shot down)
  • Anniston
  • Huntsville
  • Birmingham


  • Elmendorf Air Force Base


  • Phoenix
  • Flagstaff


  • Beale AFB
  • Camp Pendleton
  • Edwards AFB
  • Los Angeles 
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco (bomber shot down)
  • Travis AFB


  • Denver

District of Columbia

  • Washington D.C. (includes all of metropolitan area)


  • Cape Cannaveral (Orsino)
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Jacksonville
  • Miami
  • NAS Key West
  • Tampa


  • Robins Air Force Base (Macon)


  • Aurora
  • Chicago
  • Springfield
  • Rockford


  • Indianapolis
  • Fort Wayne
  • Evansville
  • Columbus
  • South Bend


  • Lexington
  • Louisville
  • Frankfort


  • Boston


  • Ann Arbor
  • Detroit
  • Grand Rapids
  • Lansing
  • Kalamazoo


  • Jackson
  • Tupelo
  • Columbus
  • Meridian
  • Vicksburg


  • Area 51/Grom Lake
  • Las Vegas

New Mexico

  • Santa Fe
  • Albuquerque
  • Walker Air force Base
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory

New York

  • Albany
  • New York City 
  • Buffalo
  • Syracuse

North Carolinia

  • Raleigh
  • Charlotte
  • Seymour Johnson AFB

North Dakota

  • Grand Forks
  • Minot AFB
  • Bismarck


  • Toledo
  • Cleveland
  • Dayton
  • Cincinnati


  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Harrisburg


  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • Knoxville


  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • San Antonio


  • Alexandria (destroyed by strikes near DC)
  • CIA Headquarters (Langley)
  • Norfolk Naval Station
  • The Pentagon (Arlington - destroyed by strikes near DC and the city itself)
  • Richmond
  • Norfolk


  • Bangor Submarine Base (Bangor)
  • Bremerton (includes Navy Yards)
  • Seattle
  • Tacoma


  • Madison
  • Milwaukee


  • Francis E. Warren Air Force Base AFB (Failed to detonate)



  • Brussels (strikes on the NATO HQ and the city itself)


France was spared by the USSR due to the French policy of No First Use. However, the town of Metz was accidentally destroyed when a Soviet nuclear missile missed its intended target in West Germany.

  • Metz (nuke off target, original target was in the West German border)

East Germany

  • Dresden
  • Leipzig


  • Athens


  • Ankara
  • Istanbul (bomber shot down)
  • Samsun
  • Kayseri
  • Adana 
  • Bursa
  • Konya


  • Rome (includes Vatican City)


  • Amsterdam 


  • Warsaw


  • Lisbon

Soviet Union

Armenian SSR

  • Yerevan

Azerbaijani SSR

  • Baku

Byelorussian SSR

  • Minsk

Georgia SSR

  • Tbilisi

Russian SFSR

  • Kaliningrad
  • Leningrad
  • Moscow
  • Volgograd

Ukrainian SSR

  • Kiev
  • Sevastopol
  • Simferopol
  • Odessa

United Kingdom

  • London
  • Manchester
  • Sheffield
  • Leeds
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow

West Germany

  • Bonn
  • Frankfurt
  • Munich
  • Ramstein Air Base
  • Spanghaldeim



  • Beijing
  • Dalian (Port Arthur)
  • Hefei
  • Ningbo
  • Qingdao
  • Shanghai


  • Tokyo
  • Okinawa (includes Naha and the U.S. Marine Corps base)


  • Amman

North Korea

  • Pyongyang


  • Manila

South Korea

  • Busan 
  • Daegu
  • Gwangju
  • Incheon
  • Seoul

Soviet Union

Kazakh SSR

  • Almaty
  • Baikinour
  • Karagandy

Russian SFSR

  • Petropavlosk-Kamchatsky
  • Vladivostok

Tajik SSR

  • Dushanbe

Turkmen SSR

  • Ashgabat/Ashkhabad

Uzbek SSR

  • Tashkent


  • Taipei

South America (proposed)

French Guiana

(Note: the only French territory directly targeted by the USSR)

  • Guiana Space Center (Korou, under construction)


United States Territories

  • Andersen Air Force Base (Guam)
  • Johnston Atoll
  • Kwajalein Atoll (Marshall Islands - part of UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands)
  • Midway Atoll
  • Wake Atoll

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