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Timeline (Operation Unthinkable)

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February 19th: Several key British officials, including Winston Churchill, devise Operation Unthinkable. It is presented to the British Chief of Staff's Committee, however they dismiss it, calling to odds of its success "fanciful". While the plan to attack the Soviets is abandoned, the idea's in the plan itself are kept and become the foundation for later plans of war with the Soviet Union.

May 8th: Six days after the Battle of Berlin, Nazi Germany surrenders, and the war in Europe ends. At this point, nearly 11 million Soviet Troops had been deployed in Europe.

July 16th: The Trinity bomb is successfully tested.

August 6th: Little Boy is dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. An estimated 120,000 civilians die.

August 9th: Fat Man is dropped on Nagasaki, killing 70,000.

September 2nd: Japan unconditionally surrenders to the Allies, ending World War 2.







May 21st: The occurs, when a West German Trade ship and several military ships are fired upon after accidentally crossing into Polish water space. While the trade ships were easily destroyed, the allied military ships returned fire, and three managed to escape and return to their port in Rostock, and alert Allied forces as to what happened. In total, 112 people were killed in the incident, 101 of whom were from the German convoy

May 23rd: Following the incidents, tensions between the Allies and the Soviets were at an all time high. A conference was to be held in Geneva on May 27th, however two days before that many anti-communist protests broke out in East Germany. While they were initially dismissed, after a key government building was seized in Dresden, Soviet military forces moved in. However, secretly, allied forces had been arming the protesters, and when Soviet Forces were fired upon, a full scale battle broke out in Dresden.

May 26th: Following the end of the Revolt, Soviet spies leaked the allied arming of the rebels, and the Soviets then refused to go to the Geneva conference. At the same time, they began an en masse mobilization of their armies along the Iron Curtain. Allied forces also begin the mobilization of their armies. However, due to their smaller territory, they mobilize much quicker.

May 29th: With an armed force numbering at 5 million along the Iron Curtain, and the Soviets only around three million (As troops from far eastern Soviet territories were still arriving), Allied command launches a heavily modified version of Operation Unthinkable, and World War Three begins. At the same time, Soviet forces (link) besiege West Berlin.

May 30th: Japan, Italy, Austria, and several others enter the war on the side of the allies.

September 3rd: Despite over 120,000 allied casualties, the Soviets are repelled after several engagements, including the battles of (link), (link) and (link). Soviet casualties are estimated at around 200,000-260,000. Allied forces then regroup, and make a drive towards Dresden.

September 5th: Despite several small engagements, the (link) allied capture of Dresden went nearly flawlessly. Most Soviet soldiers had either retreated deeper into Soviet territory or to Berlin, so Dresden fell fairly easily. However, by this time the bulk of the Soviet force in Europe had mobilized, and was heading towards allied positions. Estimates for their numbers were around seven million. Allied forces numbered only around five million, although fresh troops from across the seas were arriving. Despite their numerical disadvantage, the allies agreed to go ahead with their plan to attack Berlin. The 2nd and 3rd French army, alongside the 1st British army were sent, whereas American and West German forces were positioned to defend occupied territory against the incoming Soviet offensive.

September 7-14th: Several (link) skirmishes during the allied push towards Berlin occurred. However, none was decisive for either side. Finally, on September 13th, allied forces (link) arrived in Berlin, breaking through Soviet lines that were besieging West Berlin. They then pushed back the rest of the Soviets who were besieging West Berlin, and attempt a drive into East Berlin. This offensive, however, is repelled and the battle becomes a stalemate.

September 17th : Soviet forces arrive in Berlin and Dresden, were a vicious (link) battle ensues. At the same time, Austria and Italy launch an offensive into Czechoslovakia, with the hopes of capturing that country and then directly re-inforcing allied forces in Germany.

September 24th: (link) The Battle of Prague occurs, resulting in a Pyrrhic Allied victory, as Soviet reinforcements had arrived in Czechoslovakia just days before the battle. Despite the cities fall, the extreme losses suffered, as well as the risk of a Hungarian attack disrupted the Austro-Italian plan to immediately send their forces to Dresden and Berlin.

October 11th: (link) The Battle of Gotland, a naval engagement between a Norwegian and Soviet fleet off the coast of Gotland occurs, resulting in Soviet victory.

October 13th: (link) The Battle of Sakhalin occurs, one of the few naval engagements between Japan and the Soviet Union. Japanese victory.

October 30th-November 3rd: With the aid of French and Spanish reinforcements, allied forces in Berlin attempt a tank-based offensive, with the aim to encase the Soviet forces in a funnel, and slowly surround them. It is a partial success, as the most of the Soviets are surrounded. However, the allies overestimated the amount of casualties the Soviet’s would sustain and how large the blow to their morale would be, and as such the Soviets quickly fought their way out and regained much of their lost territory. While the Soviet’s only suffered around 9,000 casualties, the allies lost nearly 30,000.

November 11th: Austrian and Italian forces, having recovered from the loses sustained at Prague, arrive in Dresden, and aid the weakened American forces.

November 16th: With much of the Austrian and Italian forces in Dresden, Hungarian and Romanian troops move quickly towards the Austrian city of Vienna and (link) attack it. The ensuing battle lasts only a few hours, ending in a Hungarian victory. This forces Austrian troops to pull out of Dresden and recapture Vienna.

November 18th: Austrian forces arrive in Vienna, however they underestimate the presence of enemy forces in the city and are defeated. November 28-December 1st: Following the arrival of fresh troops, Soviet forces break through American lines in Dresden and force them out of the city. The Americans attempt a counter offensive, however it is repelled.

December 6th: Hungarian and Romanian forces from Vienna meet up with the Soviets in Dresden and (link) make a surprise attack on the city of Munich, in West Germany. The allies, who thought the Soviets would instead move to Berlin, left the city undefended and it falls easily.

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