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NATO vs. Soviet Union WW3 Simulation - Able Archer 83

Published 7 months ago

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As Europe was sleeping on November 7, 1983, the Soviets began mobilizing their troops, preparing their air force, and transporting nuclear weapons to their borders. NATO agents stationed in Berlin soon noticed all the movement and uncertainty took over.


Earlier that day, NATO forces had gathered at its headquarters in Brussels to practice an unconventional exercise that went by the name of Able Archer. The objective of the exercise was simple: to simulate the outbreak of a global conflict and a Soviet nuclear attack. The simulation was successful, and all parties were satisfied.


Still, nobody knew that the Soviet Union truly believed it would be invaded by NATO and that World War 3 was almost about to break out…


- As images and footage of actual events are not always available, Dark Docs sometimes utilizes similar historical images and footage for dramatic effect. I do my best to keep it as visually accurate as possible. All content on Dark Docs is researched, produced, and presented in historical context for educational purposes. We are history enthusiasts and are not always experts in some areas, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us with corrections, additional information, or new ideas. -


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Published 7 months ago

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As Europe was sleeping on November 7, 1983, the Soviets began mobilizing their troops, preparing their air force, and transporting nuclear weapons to their borders. NATO agents stationed in Berlin soon noticed all the movement and uncertainty took over.


Earlier that day, NATO forces had gathered at its headquarters in Brussels to practice an unconventional exercise that went by the name of Able Archer. The objective of the exercise was simple: to simulate the outbreak of a global conflict and a Soviet nuclear attack. The simulation was successful, and all parties were satisfied.


Still, nobody knew that the Soviet Union truly believed it would be invaded by NATO and that World War 3 was almost about to break out…


- As images and footage of actual events are not always available, Dark Docs sometimes utilizes similar historical images and footage for dramatic effect. I do my best to keep it as visually accurate as possible. All content on Dark Docs is researched, produced, and presented in historical context for educational purposes. We are history enthusiasts and are not always experts in some areas, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us with corrections, additional information, or new ideas. -


austin marino

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