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This is a TL of the Dropshot War, a conflict that occurred in the late 50's and early 60's. WW3 between NATO and the Soviets. The war is huge, with conflict raging across the globe. The rules of war are broken repeatedly, and the world is never the same. In OTL, the US War Department made a plan in 1948 about a possible conflict in 1957 between the USA and Russia. No one thought that the plan would have to come into effect. But it did, and the results surpassed everything the drafters could have expected. It was war, complete, total, and final. Nations were shattered, and a part of the world was irretrievably lost.

Criticism is always welcome.

The War and its beginnings

1953

March 2: Stalin survives a stroke, thanks to the attentiveness of his personal guard. Their realization that something was wrong allowed Stalin to quickly get medical attention. Stalin will award the guards with the Order of the Red Banner.

1956

September 7: Eisenhower, while on a well-deserved break from campaigning, suffers a fatal brain aneurism, dying within four hours despite the best efforts from doctors.

September 12: An emergency convention meets in San Francisco to decide on a new Republican nominee for President. After three days of negotiations, they decide on Richard Nixon for President, with Earl Warren as Vice President.

November 4: Adlai Stevenson defeats Richard Nixon in the Presidential Election. Almost immediately, relations between the USA and the USSR begin to cool, as anti-Communist rhetoric begins to flow from the White House, and as Stalin succumbs to his visions of grandeur.

1957

January 22: As one of his first acts as President, Adlai Stevenson dispatches an expeditionary force to Europe to assist Eastern European nations in the event of another incident like the Hungarian Uprising in the previous year. This, combined with statements made by Stevenson during the Suez Canal Crisis, cements the belief in Stalin's mind that the USA is bound and determined to bring down the glorious Soviet Union using whatever means necessary. He decides to get in the first blow. Soviet forces begin slowly massing along the borders of West Germany, Italy, Turkey, and Greece.

April 27: U2 spy planes, under the jurisdiction of the CIA, spot the growing Soviet buildup. This combined with other warning signs, points NATO to the only logical conclusion. A Soviet invasion is imminent. General Lauris Norstad issues the highest peacetime alert for NATO forces in Europe.

May 15: Operation Guillotine begins. The Soviet Union declares war on NATO, and a three million man army is launched across the border into West Germany. In the Middle East, the Soviets launch Operation Sandstorm, with a two million man army slamming into the Turkish defense lines.

May 17: President Stevenson institutes a mandatory draft, and begins moving the nation to a wartime footing. In his speech announcing the declaration of war, he refers to this as the “Last Great Struggle for Democracy” Across the nation, troops begin marshaling in East Coast cities, for deployment to Europe and the Middle East.

May 19: The Soviets have broken through the NATO defense lines, and are driving them back into West Germany. In Berlin, the NATO forces have fallen back into their sectors, and are engaging in house-to-house fighting. In Turkey, the Turks are using their useless land as a buffer to weaken the Soviet invasion forces.

May 22: Bulgarian and Soviet forces launch attacks into European Turkey and Greece. The Turks were expecting this, and manage to hold the line, although they are forced back toward Constantinople.

June 19: The final pockets of NATO forces surrender in Berlin. They have exacted a heavy toll on their Soviet attackers, and most of West Berlin is in ruins.

July 3: Soviet forces reach the Rhine River. NATO forces have blown the bridges, and are perfectly content to let them ram their heads against the NATO river defenses.

July 5: Warsaw Pact river crossings end in failure as NATO artillery destroys the temporary bridges, and machine guns mow down the men in boats. In Turkey, the Soviet forced have been brought to a halt in the eastern portion of the nation, while in the west, Constantinople is under siege.

July 17: To no one's real surprise, North Korea invades South Korea. The South Koreans had been expecting this since World War 3 started, North Korean forces meet South Korean troops on the DMZ, and battle rages for days as the NK troops attempt to break through the DMZ defenses.

July 25: The North Korean offensive has ended in disaster. They have been repulsed with high losses. US and South Korean forces begin building up for an offensive into North Korea.

August 12: In a lucky strike, a B-52 bomber breaks through Soviet aerial defenses and drops a Mark 36 nine megaton strategic nuclear weapon on the Soviet port of Leningrad. The port facilities are wrecked, and much of the city is turned into an inferno in the resulting firestorm. The Soviet Baltic fleet as mostly been destroyed by this time, and some smaller ships are destroyed by the bombs detonation This is the beginning of the Totality Plan, put into effect at Curtis LeMay's urging. This is the beginning of escalation between the two powers.

August 29: Constantinople falls. The Soviets now control the Western portion of the Bosphorous.

September 28: Soviet river crossings manage to establish a beachhead on the Allied side of the Rhine, through the use of chemical weapons. The neutral nations are outraged, but it is balanced by the US nuclear strike on Leningrad.

October 1: A 25 kiloton Mark 7 Nuclear bomb mounted on a Corporal rocket detonates among the Soviet beachhead on the Rhine. The ground burst wipes out a large amount of troops, and sinks the craft that are transporting to Soviets over the river. Allied counterattacks later in the day drive the Soviets into the river. The Soviets move up nuclear weapons, and more chemical weapons, while the Allies do likewise.

October 3: The French Communist Party walks out of the government, citing allied nuclear attacks as their reason. A general strike is ordered, and parts of French industry are hurt by French Communists not showing up to work.

October 10: South Korean and American forces launch an offensive into North Korea. Despite soviet aircraft assisting, the Americans take control of the skies, and the offensive makes large gains. The Chinese start to look warily toward their Korean border.

October 23: The Soviet Union drops a three megaton nuclear weapon on Paris. The city is largely destroyed, although the important members of the French government were not present.

November 28: China declares war on South Korea. The American and South Korean offensive had gotten to close to their border for comfort. Chinese troops flood across the Korean border to assist the North Koreans. In Japan, the involvement of China in the war strikes some concerns. A meeting of influential people is arranged.

December 5: A constitutional amendment is passed in Japan, striking the section of their constitution that limits Japan to a self-defense force. A draft is begun, and Japan begins preparing for war.

December 12: The US and South Korean offensive has been pushed back to their start point.

1958

April 3: The Soviet Union launches a major offensive into Greece, with support from Bulgarian troops. The Greeks put up a fierce resistance, but they are outnumbered and outgunned. The NATO forces there can only put up resistance by launching ambushes using the mountainous terrain.

May 16: The US economy has finished moving to a war footing. Industries vital to the war effort have been placed under government control, strikes are illegal, and rationing has been put in place.

May 20: Athens is put under siege by Soviet forces.

May 21: China and North Korea begin another push into South Korea.

May 27: In a continuation of the Suez Canal crisis from 1956, Israel launches a preemptive strike on Egypt. The Israelis claim that the Egyptian Army was preparing an attack on Israel. The Israeli Army shatters the Egyptian front, and begins driving at a fast clip towards the Suez Canal. Within hours, Syria and Jordan declare war on Israel.

May 30: The US detonates a ten kiloton nuclear warhead over the Chinese spearheads. The US-South Korean Army launches a counterattack, and knocks the Chinese back over the border. Israel seizes the Sinai from Egypt. They then begin moving forces to stop the Syrian offensive into Israel.

June 5: Israeli and Jordanian forces meet in pitched battle to the west of Jerusalem. In a six hour battle, the Jordanian army is smashed.

June 10: Israeli forces undertake a two pronged campaign. One army swings into Jordan, going up the West Bank, while the other launches an attack on the Golan Heights. They are generally successful, and the Arab nations begin sending out envoys to the Soviet Union for aid in the form of troops.

June 15: The Chinese-NK offensive has been brought to a grinding halt.

June 18: The Greek government is evacuated to Crete hours ahead of Soviet troops. Greece has fallen to the Soviets. Anti-Communist rebels will be a thorn in the Soviets side for the rest of the war.

June 20: The Soviet Union agrees to send troops to the Middle East to fight Israel. Jordan, Egypt, and Syria announce their entry into the Warsaw Pact. Upon hearing the news, the Israelis approach the Americans for access into NATO.

June 22: The People's Republic of Greece is declared, with Athens as its capital. The nation is basically a Soviet puppet nation.

July 4: The US and Taiwan begin negotiations for Taiwan to join the war in order to have a base to prepare for an invasion of China.

July 7: Israel joins NATO. Troops from Italy, France and American move into Israel to help them fight off the incoming Soviet offensive.

July 15: The Soviets launch a major river crossing, detonating three nuclear weapons over the NATO defense, while surging their aircraft into the sky. By the end of the day, the Soviets have secured part of the west bank of the Rhine. They begin a buildup to begin a drive into France.

July 17: The Soviet drive toward France begins. The battle in the sky still rages, and NATO is hard pressed to stop the offensive. It doesn't help that the Soviets are using chemical weapons to help their advance.

July 28: Following a massive conventional and chemical artillery bombardment, NATO launches a counterattack into the flank of the Soviet army.

August 9: The second phase of the NATO plan begins. The massive US 1st Army, under General Omar Bradley, slams into the Soviet arm, and a massive battle results. With the Soviet flank being ripped into at the same time by a West German Army under the reinstated Manstein, Zhukov, the commander of the Soviet army, knows that he has to triumph, or face destruction of his entire force.

August 12: Zhukov detonates two nuclear weapons on the US 1st Army. The US forces lose their momentum. It is now up to Manstein forces to carry the day.

August 15: US bombers drop two nuclear bombs on Zhukov's forces. In a coup de main for NATO intelligence, one of the bombs is dropped near Zhukov's command center, and he is fatally wounded.. The new Soviet commander retaliates and drops three bombs on the West German forces.

August 20: Four more bombs have been dropped on both armies, and chemical weapons have been used with almost reckless abandon. Despite their best efforts, the nuclear attacks, and the death of Zhukov have forced the Soviet armies to retreat.

August 27: To compensate for the Soviet defeat in their offensive, Stalin orders an R-7 readied for launch. It will deliver a deadly message to the Americans.

August 28: An R-7 launches from Baikonur in Russia. It is carrying a nuclear payload. The weapon lands, in a lucky instance of targeting, in downtown Detroit. It was near mid-day, so not many people were out, but the warhead ignites a firestorm that burns down much of the city. Casualties are in the tens of thousands. The Soviet Union trumpets the attack, saying that “the pathetic American capitalists are unable to hide behind their ocean. They will see the just vengeance of the world proletariat.”

Stevenson is outraged. He orders the Air Force to accelerate their work on their ICBM program, in order to strike back against the Soviets. He quickly calms down as the general Staff shows him the plans for the invasion of China, planned to begin in a few weeks.

September 19: The US launches an amphibious invasion of china from Taiwan. Moving quickly, they cross the Taiwan Strait, and land in Chin-men. Driving off the garrison there, they begin driving north. At the same time, NATO forces begin an offensive from South Korea, crashing against the North Korean-Chinese defense lines. By the end of the day, they have made penetrations in several places, mostly against lower quality Korean forces.

September 23: The NATO offensive in South Korea has been a big success, with the Chinese falling back to the NK-China border, in order to prevent them from being surrounded by US armor. They have abandoned North Korea, who weren't very good allies anyway. Partisans in North Korea will harry US supply lines for months.

In the cross Taiwan invasion, US forces have managed to secure a large beachhead, and have fought off several Chinese attacks. The Chinese have attacked in piecemeal, as soon as the troops have arrived. This is mostly because the Chinese haven’t had experience in large scale war maneuvers.

September 24: Syria and Jordan launch another offensive into Israel, this time with Soviet support. The offensive goes well, with the Syrians piercing the Israeli defense lines. NATO troops begin moving to stop the breakthrough.

September 25: In a series of armored clashes, the NATO forces in Israel have managed to blunt the offensive from Syria. The Syrians have managed to make it a few miles into Israeli territory. They then turn to the next threat, an invasion of the Sinai from Egypt.

September 27: The arrival of significant Chinese forces has managed to contain the African beachheads in China. It will be a tough slog from their current location to Beijing. Not only that, but partisan resistance is beginning to spring up in the American rear. The Chinese populace has no love for the Nationalists.

October 2: The Egyptian offensive in the Sinai has been fairly successful. In the time it took for the Israeli forces to get to the Sinai, the Egyptians were able to secure a large portion of the territory that the Israeli's took. Nearly half of the Sinai is back under Egyptian control.

October 9: The US finally launches its retaliation strike for the nuking of Detroit in August. An SM-65 Atlas rocket lifts off from hardened facilities in central Nebraska, and the missile detonates in the outskirts of Kursk, the  megaton explosions leveling part of the residential district and creating large fires.

October 24: NATO goes on the offensive in Europe. The US relies mainly on European forces, since they are heavily committed elsewhere. The NATO forces rely on heavy artillery barrages to force the Rhine River. Soviet troops move to counter the attack.

October 30: Soviet bombers, penetrating the melee of surging NATO and Soviet fighters, drop a 15 kiloton warhead over the NATO beachhead. Soviet forces then launch a counterattack, and drive the NATO troops back over the river.

November 7: A Communist terrorist attempts to assassinate Charles De Gaulle while he is campaigning for election.

November 15: Turkish troops launch an attack into Soviet controlled eastern Turkey. At the same time, they also attack across the straits in a bid to retake Istanbul. The Warsaw Pact troops fight hard, but the Turkish forces have been bolstered with NATO equipment.

November 16: Israeli and NATO troops attack north into Syria, in order to tie down Russian troops. The Turkish attack toward Istanbul has run into hard defenses, but has managed to grind forward. Turkish troops have begun the encirclement of Istanbul.

November 20: The Israeli attack has driven the Syrians back. The Syrian defense crumbled, and the Soviets were forced to fall back to keep from being surrounded. An amphibious landing is launched by the Turks, and establishes a beachhead further up from Istanbul. Those troops begin driving south, to finish the link up.

November 22: Soviet bombers drop a ten kiloton nuclear weapon on the beachhead that the Turks established. The facilities that were set up are wrecked. The Soviet Navy then begins firing on the remnants of the beachhead. The Turks must link up to their main force, or be killed.

December 2: The Turkish offensive has been stopped. They cling to land in Europe, and can pound Istanbul with their artillery. In the east, their attack has run out of steam, and they settle down into new defensive lines.

December 5: The Israeli offensive into Syria ends as Soviet troops were able to stiffen the defense lines and stop the Israeli attacks.

December 12: The Soviets launch three more R-7 rockets with nuclear warheads. One detonates three miles outside Norfolk Naval Yard, and heavily damages the boats in dry dock there. Another detonates over Arlington, severely damaging the Pentagon. The guidance system of the third missile fails, and it crashes in a Pennsylvania field, killing some unfortunate Quakers, and starting fires. President Stevenson promises revenge for the attacks. He orders the production of nuclear bombs and Atlas missiles to be accelerated.

December 21: Charles De Gaulle wins the French Presidential election. He promises to secure France from the Soviets forever.

December 25: Stalin convenes a meeting with his top military commanders, to discuss strategy. Due to the inability of the Soviet commanders to permanently force the Rhine, Stalin decides that a new tactic must be followed. They will go on the offensive on other fronts, in an effort to cut off the fuel supplies of the West. Stalin orders that plans be drafted for the invasion of Persia, and an amphibious invasion of Alaska.

1959

January 6: The government of Batista falls in Cuba, and is replaced by as government headed by Fidel Castro.

January 17: After building up forces in their beachhead in China, America reopens it's offensive.

January 28: China manages to stabilize the defense lines, although America has gotten closer to their ultimate objective, Beijing. In the north, Korean forces have managed to push out of the peninsula into Manchuria.

February 2: After a terrorist attack by Communist insurrectionists at a train station in Paris, De Gaulle decides to take drastic measures. He declares martial law in France, and begins cracking down on the Communist guerrillas in France.

February 3: The Day the Music Died

March 7: Day of Flames. The US launches 11 Atlas rockets at targets in the Soviet Union. Five missiles launch from Britain. Three nuclear missiles hit Moscow. The Kremlin is leveled, and most of the city is destroyed. Stalin is killed when he is buried alive in his bunker underneath the Kremlin. The other missiles hit Kuybyshev, Saratov, Molotov, Tbilisi, Baku, and Grozny. The oil production of the Soviet Union in the Caucasus is crippled. The missiles launched from Britain hit Krakow, Cottbus, and Ostrava. It is a major propaganda coup for the US.

March 15: The Soviet Union launches their own retaliation for the Day of Flames. Georgy Malenkov wanted a way to get revenge, and now he has it. The Soviet Union launches 15 missiles of their own. Three of theirs hit Washington D.C., destroying much of the Capital. Two missiles slam into New York, and most of Manhattan is destroyed by the nuclear weapons and firestorms. One missile hits Rome, and destroys the Vatican, killing the Pope. Another two missiles hit London. Fortunately, the Prime Minister was out on business, and survives. The rest of the missiles impact in Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Naples, and Manchester. Adlai Stevenson is killed during the attacks, as he was out making a speech in New York when the missiles hit.

March 19: The Italian Communist Party walks out of the government after their calls for a separate Italian peace treaty with the Soviets “to prevent the further wanton destruction of the Italian nation”, is rejected by the ruling party.

March 27: Large-scale strikes begin in Italy against the government, crippling the transportation and industry of Italy. The strikes are organized by the Communist Party.

March 28: After recovering from the shock of the nuclear attacks, NATO launches a large offensive. The newly installed President, Estes Kefauver, declares that this offensive will drive the Soviets out of Western Europe forever. NATO armies cross the Rhine across a broad front, making judicious use of nuclear weapons and chemical weapons to saturate enemy rally points, and to drive forward, against tough resistance. In the Middle East, Turkey and Israel launch offensives, Turkey to the East, and Israel north into Syria.

April 3: Fighting breaks out between Leftist groups and the Italian military.

April 9: NATO has secured multiple bridgeheads over the Rhine. Their air superiority is being ground down, limiting the amount of nuclear bombs they can use in support of their operations. They opt to use chemical weapons to compensate for a lack of nuclear weapons. The Soviet armies in Syria begin a withdrawal to the Syria-Turkey border.

April 13: With the spreading strength of the leftist revolts, the Italian military stages a coup of the Italian government. They cite fear of a Soviet backed takeover of the Italian government as their reasoning.

April 15: NATO air superiority has been lost, and both sides are taking heavy losses in the air. This allows the Soviets to nuke the NATO advances in Germany. The Soviets launch a nuclear missile and destroy Tel Aviv. This merely makes the Israeli's more angry, and they break through the Syrian rear guard, and pour into the nation.

April 17: Communist rebels seize power in central Italy. The northern and southern halves are still loyal to the government.

April 19: De Gaulle sends troops to Italy to help fight the Communist rebels.

April 28: Syria surrenders to Israel. The Soviet forces managed to escape to Warsaw controlled Turkey. Jordan begins sending out peace feelers to Israel.

May 2: Israel formally annexes the Golan Heights. The NATO offensive has turned into a nuclear and chemical slug match, with both sides using and being hit by multiple weapons.

May 5: The Communist rebels are crushed by the Italian forces, in conjunction with French troops.

May 6: Jordan concludes a peace with Israel. Jordan promises to pay the Israeli's money, and they renounce their claims to the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

May 21: The NATO offensive grounds to a halt finally. The weight of Soviet resistance, combined with the cleanup efforts necessary to remove the radiation from supply routes, means that the NATO supply net isn't in good enough shape to sustain the offensive for much longer. With the Soviets set up in defense positions on the border, the Israeli's end their offensive and turn to the business of crushing the rebels in their rear, and preparing a strike on Egypt.

July 7: The Soviet Union demands that Persia stop selling oil to NATO. Persia worriedly begins sending out feelers to NATO over the option of joining in case of Soviet invasion.

July 13: Israel resumes their offensive. Cracking the Soviet defense lines, the Warsaw troops begin an orderly withdrawal to the Former Turkish border, devastating the landscape as they go.

July 17: After taking time to repair the road network, the NATTO offensive gets restarted. However, the Soviet shave had time to strengthen their defenses, and only the use of large-scale bombings, including nuclear weapons

July 25: The Soviet Union invades Persia.

July 28: The Israeli offensive comes to a close, as the Soviets have secured their new defense lines, and the Israelis can't break through due to the supply situation. They decide to fix the infrastructure, and turn their attention to drive the Egyptians out of the Sinai.

July 30: Iraq declares war on Persia. They do not join the Warsaw Pact.

August 19: NATO calls an end to their latest offensive. They have advanced miles, but at a high cost in lives.

August 28: Persia surrenders to the Soviet Union and Iraq. Iraq takes the lower portion, while the USSR gets the northern portion. Despite this, rebels continue to make their presence felt.

September 7: The Soviet Union launches nuclear missiles at Seoul, Seattle, Honolulu, Guam, Juneau, Portland, Midway, Tokyo, and Osaka. The same day, and invasion fleet sets sail, and Soviet troops land to little opposition on the Alaskan coastline.

September 8: In retaliation, the US launches missiles at Vladivostock, Magadan, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, and Ulan Bator. This severely damages the Trans-Siberian Rail Net. The Soviet beachhead in Alaska expands, although supplies will be harder to get, due to the damaging of their rail net. The Soviet troops begin moving toward the Alaskan oil fields.

September 15: The Soviet Pacific Fleet clashes with the US Third Fleet off the coast of the Aleutians. In a day long engagement, the major elements of the Soviet Fleet are sunk, and the rest are forced to flee to the remaining Siberian ports. This was not without cost, and the US also lost a large amount of ships. But it is a key victory for the US, as the supply lines to the Soviet invasion force are wide open, and US military forces are en route to Alaska through Canada.

September 21: Soviet troops reach the Yukon River. They are still bothered by partisans, and US troops are still on the way.

September 28: US troops reach the front lines and manage to blunt the Soviet spearheads. Partisans step up their efforts in the Soviet rear.

October 8: Harold Macmillan wins reelection in the in the 1959 UK General Election. He wins on a “Finish the war” platform, which encourages the British people to finish the war against the Soviets, since they are the last threat to England.

October 15: The Soviet lines in Alaska have been ruptured in multiple places. Their precarious supply situations means that they can't resist very well.

October 20: One of the coldest winters in recorded history begins. Scientists believe that it is because of the multiple nuclear detonations and burning cities.

October 27: The Soviets have been backed into a small peninsula in upper Alaska. The American naval superiority is making evacuation a veritable nightmare for Soviet forces.

November 7: The last Soviet forces in Alaska are forced to surrender to American troops. Only about 5% of the Soviet troops were able to evacuate back to Siberia. Kefauver begins planning his retaliation. The invasion of Russian Siberia.

November 14: Anti-Communist uprisings begin in Bulgaria and Hungary. Taking advantage of this, NATO troops strike out from Turkey. The Soviets are forced to fall back under heavy NATO airstrikes and bombings, combined with the disruption of their supply lines by partisans.

November 15: A large NATO offensive begins in Germany. This, coupled with the troubles that the Soviets are experiencing, forces them to fall back. They have fallen back past the pre-war border, but are fighting coordinated rear-guard actions as they fall back to the Polish border under heavy nuclear and chemical bombardment.

November 23: Berlin is surrounded, and the Second Battle of Berlin begins, with Soviet troops being pushed into the center of the city under chemical bombardment.

November 27: Bulgaria falls to NATO forces. They then begin pushing into Romania, which becomes convulsed with anti-Communist uprisings of their own.

December 13: Berlin falls to NATO forces. NATO spearheads have reached the Polish border, and have been repulsed by Soviet defenses. The second portion of Operation Torchlight begins, with NATO amphibious landings in the Baltic States.

December 14: Finland, after negotiating with NATO representatives, declares war on the Warsaw Pact. Finnish troops begin driving east cutting off Northern Karelia from the rest of the USSR, and south, through defensive fortifications toward Leningrad. The NATO forces in the Baltic begin driving north, to link up with Finnish forces.

December 16: NATO resumes it's offensive into Poland. Carefully timed anti-Communist uprisings begin, but the Soviets had a larger presence here, and many of the revolts are crushed outright. Bucharest falls to NATO forces, and they continue their drive north toward Hungary.

December 28: All of Karelia has fallen to Finnish forces, although the Soviets were able to evacuate their troops that were trapped in the northern portion. The NATO forces in the Baltic are under heavy attack, but they are being aided by insurrectionists who want to free their nations. Leningrad is almost surrounded. The NATO offensive in Poland has breached their defense lines, and NATO is driving toward Warsaw.

1960

January 2: NATO troops reach the Romanian-Hungarian border. However, most of the revolts there have been crushed.

January 5: The Reunification of Germany is officially announced

January 7: Taking advantage of the full NATO involvement in Europe, Chinese forces launch a full scale offensive at the NATO forces in their country. The NATO forces are caught off guard by the overwhelming force that the Chinese bring to bear. The Chinese break through, and the NATO troops begin to fall back. The troops that were earmarked for the invasion of Siberia are rerouted to the Chinese mainland.

January 14: NATO troops begin pushing into the Ukraine. Turkish troops launch an assault on the Soviet positions in Eastern Turkey.

January 21: NATO calls a halt to their Polish attack. Simple logistics have forced them to stop, as much of the sub-par road network has been destroyed. Most of Western Poland lies in the hands of NATO. The Soviets, seeing an end to the attack begin shifting units north, to try to break the siege of Leningrad.

January 22: The Chinese offensive, despite heavy losses, is making good headway. Their willingness to use human-wave tactics, combined with their multitude of Soviet weaponry, means that they can overrun the NATO defense positions.

January 27: Using bombs imported from the Soviet Union, the Chinese detonate nuclear bombs on the beachheads that NATO troops have fallen back on to use their naval superiority. The NATO troops are now in an untenable position, as much of the defensive works they were preparing are destroyed. NATO command begins preparing for an evacuation, and to divert those forces to the Korean front.

February 13: Israel launches a winter offensive into the Sinai. The Egyptians resist fiercely, but are pushed back.

February 27: All NATO troops have been evacuated from Southern China. They are taken for rest and refit in Japan, then will be sent north to Korea, for a renewed push from that front.

March 3: In a nationwide referendum, Bulgaria decides to return Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the throne of Bulgaria, in a Constitutional Monarchy.

March 17: After a war of maneuvering, the Israeli forces have driven the Egyptians out of the Sinai. They begin preparing for a drive to Cairo.

March 28: After months of siege, and several Soviet escape attempts, Leningrad falls to Finnish forces They begin preparing to drive southwards, toward Moscow.

April 1: A new Polish Republic is declared.

April 15: In a lightning attack, paratroopers from Israel seize the roads leading to the Suez Canal. Israeli forces are able to cross it and seize the Egyptian side of the Canal before it can be destroyed. A massive buildup is begun, in preparation for a final drive on Cairo.

April 21: Riot begin in the USSR over food, and the draft. The people do not have the same support for this war as they did for WW2. and the continuing sacrifices, and losses, are shattering their will to fight. The riots are central in the Caucasus and the Ukraine.

April 25: The attempts by Malenkov to end the riots have backfired horribly, as Soviet troops have turned against their superiors, and are siding with the rebels. The area is dissolving into chaos as fighting rages between rioters and still loyal troops. The riots are erupting into full-scale rebellion.

May 8: NATO, taken off guard by the revolts, launches a quickly organized offensive into the Ukraine. The Soviet front effectively dissolves, due to the problems in the rear.

May 12: The rebels have seized Kiev, and radio broadcasts go out, calling for assistance from NATO. Their armies are advancing at an astounding rate.

May 18: Israel and Egypt make peace, thus ruling out the necessity of a drive on Cairo. Israel is given the Sinai Peninsula. This is the end of the Israeli Front in the war.

May 22: On the foggy morning, in Moscow, a coup d'etat silently unfolds in Moscow. Malenvok is killed by the Red Army, and his loyalists are removed. With them gone, Khrushchev is put into power. He had been worried about the course of the war, and after some enlightening discussions with members of the military, decided that Malenkov in power would mean the ruin of the USSR> All that remains on is to see if their coup is successful, or if Army units try to stop it.

May 26: Without any reaction from army forces, it looks like the coup has gone off successfully. Khrushchev now turns to preserving the USSR.

June 7: NATO forces march into Kiev. Vast swaths of the Ukraine have been liberated, but supply lines are getting stretched, and the bad roads aren't helping. They call a halt, and begin preparing for a final drive on Moscow. It looks like the war is almost over, at least in Europe.

July 18: NATO begins a general drive on Moscow from the Ukraine, Poland, and Finland. They also launch an attack on China from Korea. This is Khrushchev's first test as leader of the USSR. He sets his mind: the USSR will fight, and they will NOT lose Moscow.

July 20: NATO troops out of Korea have blasted through Chinese defense lines, and are advancing down the coast. Beijing is hurriedly being evacuated, in order to preserve the government.

July 27: NATO troops have advanced against almost fanatical Soviet resistance, they are nearing Moscow, but are having a hard time fighting against Soviet Scorched Earth tactics, including the deliberate poisoning of water, and usage of gas weapons.

July 30: Beijing is put under siege by NATO forces. A subsequent amphibious assault has put much of the coastline under NATO control..

August 19: Despite hard fighting, NATO forces are stuck in the suburbs of Moscow. Khrushchev now unleashes his counterattack. Two massive armies, attack the flanks of the NATO advance from Poland.

August 25: All of the Chinese coastline is under NATO control, although some major cities, like Beijing are still under siege.

August 27: NATO forces have been forced to all back to keep from being captured by Soviet troops in a massive encirclement. With one threat removed, the Soviet troops begin moving against the troops out of Finland.

September 9: The Chinese forces in Beijing surrender to NATO.

September 18: The NATO forces out of Finland have been given a sharp rap on the nose, but have managed to withdraw in good order, back to defensive lines set up before the attack began. It is obvious to NATO High Command that the war is far from over, if they are going for total conquest of the USSR.

September 25: Peace feelers from NATO are accepted by Khrushchev, bringing the war to an end. The terms are for an end of the war where they currently stand. Khrushchev feels he can take this time to rearm, and to repair his damaged nation. If there is another war, the USSR will do better. War in Europe is over.

September 26: With the Soviet Union leaving the war, the Chinese prepare a strike to knock the US on it's heels and make them send for peace, before they can bring their full weight on to China.

October 17: China launches an offensive, intended to cause massive loss of life for NATO, even if they do not seize a lot of ground. China uses nuclear bombs in this attack. The US sends a diplomatic complaint to Khrushchev, but he claims that the bombs were shipped to China before the war ended, under the previous government.

October 25: Peace is made between NATO and Communist China. The Republic of China will be given all the land that has been taken by NATO. The Dropshot War has ended.

November 8: Richard Nixon, of the Republican Party is elected President of the United States.

November 15: The RoC government moves it's capital back to Beijing.

November 17: Except for occupation troops, to maintain order from Communist rebels, the US begins bringing troops home, and disbanding large portions of the army.

November 20: A Ukrainian Republic is proclaimed.

December 12: Calls go out for an end to the dictatorship rule of the military in Italy. They refuse.

December 17: After some protests for democracy that go out of hand, the Italian military declares martial law. Riots are brutally crushed. The tension is palpable.

December 20: Calls go out for the major European powers to resume granting their colonies independence. Britain and France are less than enthusiastic, since those colonies are helping to prop up their economies.

After the War

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