World War 3 on BRINK: How world came within MINUTES of catastrophic nuclear war

Posted In: News Date:May 23rd, 2019

WORLD WAR 3 very nearly became a reality as a major military operation carried out by NATO forces in Europe sparked such a degree of panic in Moscow that leaders in the Kremlin moved to make a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the West, declassified files reveal.The Cold War was a period of geopolitical tension between the Soviet Union and the US, as the two supported a series of proxy wars and constantly jockeyed for supremacy in the Space Race and the Arms Race. There were several tense moments between 1946 and 1991, where the possibility of a nuclear attack looked more than possible from both nations, but arguably nothing came closer than the period of unrest between 1981 and 1983. Soviet fears were originally born out of World War 2, when US President Harry Truman kept a secret from Joseph Stalin about the true force of his nuclear weapons that were later dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.