- Soviet soldier Vladimir Soshkin is shot in the head by a German sniper during the Battle of Stalingrad, only surviving due to the fact the bullet grazed the side of his skull rather then hit dead center.
- General Vladimir Soshkin becomes the military liaison officer on the Politburo the same day Mikhail Gorbachev obtained full membership
- United States invades the small island nation of Grenada
- Soviet Politburo accepts Soshkin's proposal to send supplies and up-to-date weapons to Cuba to help them in defending Grenada
- Konstantin Chernenko, the leader of the Soviet Union, perishes in an automobile accident
- General Vladimir Soshkin is voted over Mikhail Gorbachev to succeed Chernenko as the new General-Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
- Soviet Union suffers the worst wheat harvest in 55 years; Soshkin announces a new 5 Year Plan.
- Labor and food riots in Poland. Soviet troops invade. Solidarity movement is crushed.
- Cuba and Nicaragua reach troop strength goals of 500,000. El Salvador and Honduras fall.
- A West German town is annihilated when a nuclear device on a US Air Force base accidentally detonates.
- Greens Party gains control of West German parliament through emergency elections; eventually nearly all Western European countries in mainland Western Europe follow suit.
- West German government demands that the United States and Great Britain immediately and unconditionally remove all nuclear weapons from mainland Europe.
- France signs non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union and ends its symbolic membership in NATO
- Soviet Union intervenes in Iran-Iraq War which results in an Iraqi-Soviet victory; the Soviets annex most of Iran (including Tehran) as the Persian SSR while Iraq annexes the western border portions of the country.
- Mexico plunged into revolution. Soviet and Cubans send "advisers" to help the rebels topple the Mexican government.
- US/Taiwan-backed rebels overthrow the Chinese Communist government.
- NATO dissolves. United States stands alone except for Great Britain and Canada.
History of the Third World War:
September 17, 1986: A peaceful morning in the United States is suddenly shattered when the Soviet Union launches a surprise attack on the United States. This invasion began with three phases. The first phase involved a large number of Soviet VDV paratroopers and Spetsnaz dropping into key areas of the Rocky Mountains. Soviet and Cuban agents who came up illegal from Mexico infiltrated the Strategic Air Command (SAC) bases in the Midwest and Texas. Shortly after, the Soviets launched a limited nuclear strike on US soil, focusing on taking out the missile fields in the Dakotas as well as key points of communication such as Washington DC, Omaha, and Kansas City. An estimated ten million Americans had lost their lives in the nuclear strikes and it was estimated another ten million would die from radioactive fallout. A US launched a limited retaliatory strike on the Soviet Union via its submarine force, inflicting similar damage; Moscow was saved from destruction by its ABM defense system. The second phase of the invasion began when Soviet, Cuban, and Nicaraguan troops poured across the US-Mexico border into the Great Plains of the United States. The third phase began the following week with 60 Soviet divisions crossing the Bering Straight into Alaska, cutting the pipelines, and invading Canada to link up with the Soviet forces in the Rockies. However they were stopped at the US-Canada border.
Most of Europe vowed to remain neutral in the conflict though the United Kingdom decided to stand by America and declare war on the Soviet Union. The Commonwealth Realm member nations (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, etc.) followed suit. The Republic of China (formerly the People's Republic of China) also declared war on the Soviet Union and invaded Siberia at the start of the conflict--they paid for their action dearly when the Soviets launched a nuclear strike on the Chinese, killing several hundred million. China managed to hit the USSR back with what few nukes they had left. By mid-fall, the Soviet Union and its allies controlled a large amount of territory from the US-Mexico border all the way to Cheyenne as well as nearly all land between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi. The lines by this time had stabilized. Even while engaging US military forces on the front, the Soviets also had to contend with a growing insurgency behind their lines.
In Spring 1987, the Soviets launched an invasion of the United Kingdom. Initially the Soviets made excellent gains; However the UK had plenty of time to prepare and soon began to slow the Soviet advance. In addition, several resistance groups in Soviet-occupied territory worked around the clock to hinder Soviet progress in the UK and made them have to focus on attempting to maintain some form of order. However in the end, the Soviets eventually gained control over most of the United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth and her family managed to escape to Free Canada while Margaret Thatcher established a government-in-exile in Philadelphia, the new capital of the United States.
The Soviets had regained the initiative on the American Front in the final months of 1987. The Soviet Pacific Fleet had managed to push the US Navy away from the U.S. West Coast. Soviet forces launched an amphibious assault on California, Oregon, and Washington State. Soviet forces in Canada and the Rocky Mountains coordinated with the attack. By June 1988, the Soviets had gained control over most of California, Oregon, Washington State, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Having consolidated much of the western United States, the communists turned their attention to the east. Soviet troops in Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana pushed eastward toward Chicago. The Soviets and East Germans coordinated with a surprise attack on the US East Coast with New York being hit hardest. The Statue of Liberty was destroyed in the first day while the cities of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Jersey City were occupied by the invading forces. The New York Stock Exchange building was leveled and Soviet agents emptied out the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Thousands of American citizens were detained with many being deported to Eastern Europe to serve in labor camps.
However the Soviet foothold on the US eastern seaboard only lasted three months. US Army and Marine forces were able to halt Soviet-East German advances inland and were able to mount a successful counterattack to drive the invaders back into the Atlantic. The Battles of St. Louis and Minneapolis each ended with a decisive America victory, preventing the enemy from even being able to reach the skyline of Chicago. This would be the last time the Soviets would mount a massive offensive in the United States. While the US military was able to liberate the east coast, the fighting in the Great Plains had gone into a stalemate. The next year was seen as a dark time for the people living in the Occupied Zones. On the Fourth of July 1989, Congress approved that the U.S. National Anthem be changed from "Star-Spangled Banner" to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". President Bush personally made a statement on Radio Free America urging all US citizens living on or behind enemy lines not to give up hope. He then stated that the US Armed Forces were working night and day to expel the enemy from their land and to liberate their homes.
From 1988-89, there was a massive shift of power in Western Europe. An incident in France involving the arrest and deportation of refugees right back to Soviet-occupied England. In late 1988, several families (which included children) were caught trying to defect to France. They were promptly arrested by French authorities and deported right back to Soviet-occupied England; They were put to death by the KGB the moment they stepped off the boat--even the children received no mercy. It did not take long for the citizens of France to learn what had happened. There was much outrage toward the French government and many even compared the incident to the forced repatriation of the Leinz Cossacks at the end of the Second World War. Eventually the French Greens Party began to lose their credibility with the people. This eventually spread to the other Western European countries By the start of 1989, the Green Party had become so unpopular that West Germany decided to hold elections that year rather then wait for 1990. France made a similar decision the following day. Over the next several weeks, every single European country run by the Greens Party had decided to hold emergency elections. When the election results came in, the Greens had effectively lost their power as more conservative groups were elected into office in countries like France, West Germany, etc.
The new leaders of Western Europe mutually agreed that the Soviet Union would not stop with America and that Western Europe would likely be next. On top of that, they concluded that should the Soviets be pushed out of the United States, they would be desperate to make up for their defeat and that Western Europe would be a likely target. The European heads of state concluded that the only way to stand against the might of the Soviet Union would be to combine all their resources--political, military, and economical. The European leaders met in several locations over the next several months to discuss the formation of a new federation. These meetings went on into 1990. One of these meetings involved the status of the United Kingdom as a member state despite the fact that country was under Soviet military occupation.
In July 1990, the Western European Union and European Economic Community completed the final details for the new Constitution of Europe as well as the name of the new federation. Initially several names were considered such as the European Union, the United States of Europe, the United European States, etc. The Constitution of the Federated States of Europe was signed on August 12, 1990. Over the next few months, the new European federation went through a transitional stage. The armed forces of all twelve member states were folded into the Armed Forces of the Federated States of Europe--each member still kept its own military which now operated like the National Guard. The new federation held its first national elections. Margaret Thatcher was elected Chancellor of the Federated States of Europe while Helmut Kohl was elected President of the European Parliament.
On November 7th, 1990, the Federated States of Europe declared war on the Soviet Union and East Germany. Less then an hour after the declaration, the Western Europeans invaded East Germany and Soviet-occupied UK. The other Warsaw Pact states responded by declaring war on the Federated States of Europe. The Soviet Union had been focusing much of its attention on the war in the United States and had been barely able to keep their occupation forces supplied. However this unexpected declaration of war by the Federated States of Europe as well as the invasions of East Germany and the "People's Republic of Great Britain" had further complicated matters. The Soviet Forces in East Germany retaliated by invading West Berlin (The Soviets had left West Berlin alone earlier in the war in order to assure that Western Europe remained neutral). Over the next several months, the Soviets stretched their supply lines to the breaking point in an effort to contain the Western European onslaught as well as maintain a foothold in the United States. Despite their efforts, the Soviets were not able to prevent the Europeans from liberating London and surrounding East Berlin.
The European declaration of war against the Russians brought a new sense of hope for the people of the United States of America, both those living in Free America and the occupied zones. President Bush and the Joint Chiefs agreed that they would not wait for the spring thaw to begin a counterattack. On December 20, 1990 the United States armed forces initiated a winter counterattack. A number of insurgent groups coordinated with the US military in this daring operation. The insurgents attacked supply lines and troop conveys in a bid to hinder Soviet efforts to contain the American armored thrust. By the summer of 1991, most of Soviet-occupied America had been liberated. The Soviets had been expelled from the Great Plains, Texas, and the eastern half of the Rocky Mountains. The Soviets only held a portion of the western half of the Rocky Mountains as well Alaska, Washington State, Oregon, northern California, and parts of Nevada and Idaho. However there was much celebration throughout much of liberated America.
By the start of 1992, East Berlin had fallen, most of East Germany was now occupied by the FSE, and the United Kingdom had been nearly liberated with only a few isolated pockets of resistance remaining. Meanwhile, the Soviet forces in the United States had lost even more ground and it became clear that the invasion of the United States was about to end in failure. Soviet leader General Vladimir Soshkin ordered that surviving Soviet forces begin their withdrawal from the United States. During the entire process, the U.S. military as well as civilian insurgents continued their relentless attacks on the Soviet forces with intent to inflict as much damage on them as possible so that the future invasion of the USSR would not be as difficult. About three months into the withdrawal, U.S. forces and insurgents managed to seize control of the coastal areas and major airbases; at the same time, the U.S. Third Fleet managed to drive away or destroy most Soviet warships and transport vessels off the U.S. West Coast. The remaining Soviet forces in the United States had been cut off from their retreat and were forced to surrender.
With the war in the United States over, there were mixed feelings throughout the Federated States of Europe. Everyone agreed that the Soviet defeat in the United States was truly a good thing. However they were certain that the Soviets might make some sort of bold move in an effort to make up for their humiliating defeat. This risk did seem less likely though since East Germany had fallen save for a few isolated pockets while FSE forces had reached the outskirts of Warsaw. However their confidence was dashed when a large Soviet force made an amphibious landing in Denmark and West Germany. At the same time, the Soviets launched a large number of conventional missiles and airstrikes on various targets in Western Europe, such as military bases, government buildings, etc. The death toll was estimated to be in the tens of thousands. The Soviet counterattack forced the FSE to temporarily refocus its efforts on defense so most FSE offensive operations in Poland and Czechoslovakia had slowed down greatly. The Russians took several major European cities including Bonn, Amsterdam, and even the European capital city of Brussels. This Soviet incursion into Western Europe lasted for the rest of 1992 and well into 1993. The Soviets had attempted to push all the way to Paris however they were stopped just outside the city. The Western Europeans began to regain the ground the Soviets had taken. By the time Bonn and Brussels had been liberated, the first U.S. battalions began arriving and joining in the fight. Small units were sent at first though within a few months the U.S. had a division supporting the Europeans in their fight against the Soviets. By this point all FSE territory taken in the Soviet counterattack had been liberated. By the conclusion of 1993, European and American forces overran the Warsaw Pact countries of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria.
Not willing to make the same mistakes Hitler and Napoleon made, the Europeans and Americans decide to hold off on the primary invasion of the Soviet Union until Spring 1994. The USA and FSE used this time to make preparations to make the attack more effective. The Soviet had time to prepare as well. A rogue Soviet general attempted to launch the nuclear missiles under his command without authorization from Moscow however he was stopped by American and European special forces. Iraq, a supposed ally of the eastern bloc, surprised the world by declaring war against the Soviet Union. Shortly after, the Iraqi Republican Guard launched a full scale invasion of Soviet Persia. American and European naval forces in the Persian Gulf are quick to offer support for the Iraqi invasion.
In Spring 1994, the Europeans and Americans began their assault on the Soviet Union. Less then a month later, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean forces invaded the Soviet Far East. The Soviet resistance was very intense and the advance on both fronts was slow. However the Soviets were only able to slow down the Western Allies--they were not able to actually stop them. By August, Kiev and Minsk had fallen while the Soviet capital city of Moscow had been surrounded. After a month of bitter house to house fighting, European and American forces took control of the Kremlin. However the Soviet leadership had escaped to Siberia and vowed to continue the "Second Great Patriotic War" until all the "evil" invaders were driven from the Motherland.
With winter only a couple months away, the Americans and Europeans didn't want to push their luck--they began to fortify their holdings in Russia while preparing their soldiers and equipment for the winter. During this time, many of the Soviet republics rebelled against the Soviet Central Government and openly supported the Western Allies. Many Soviet military units also defected to the "Free Russian Army". By the time offensive operations were resumed, all but two republics had seceded from the Soviet Union--Russia and Kazakhstan.
On May 10, 1995, a group of Soviet generals mutinied against the Central Government and arrested General Soshkin. The Soviet military officers behind the coup released Mikhail Gorbachev from imprisonment and appointed him as President of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev immediately opened peace talks with the Allies. During the process of the peace talks, Gorbachev made several last minute changes to the policy of the Soviet Central Government. All of Soshkin's policies were declared to null and void, the Communist Party was to suspend all activities in the Soviet Union, and the Soviet Armed Forces was ordered to halt all offensive operations. Any Soviet military officer refusing to comply with that last order was fired and replaced by someone who would. The Soviet Union surrendered on May 18, 1995, ending the war.
Russia was divided into occupation zones each controlled by a different Allied Power. The Federated States of Europe controlled the Baltic States, Belarus, Ukraine, and Georgia. The United States controlled European Russia, the Urals, and the western half of Siberia--they also controlled Kolyma, the area of Russia just across the Bering Straight from Alaska. China and Korea controlled most of the western sectors of Soviet Far East while Japan controlled Kamchatka. Iraq controlled Persia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia; eventually Iraq annexed the territories they occupied. Moscow was divided into zones by the Americans, Europeans, and Asians. Russia were forced to pay a large number of war reparations and the former Soviet leaders would be forced to stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The Warsaw Pact countries of Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria were all under the administration of the Federated States of Europe. There was talk of plans for the Reunification of Germany as well as the potential membership for the occupied countries into the Federated States of Europe. However in the end it was decided that these events would not take place until at least 2005--until that time, Eastern Europe remained under FSE military occupation.
The Allied occupation of Russia continued throughout for the remainder of the 1990's and well into the first decade of the 21st century. Gorbachev was allowed to remain President of Russia though he was only a figurehead as the military forces occupying the country held the true power. Although the actual combat phase of World War III had ended with the surrender of the Soviet Union on May 18, 1995, the United States and Russia technically remained in a "state of war" until a permanent peace treaty was signed. That happened on May 18, 2005 exactly ten years after the surrender of the Soviet Union. The US President made a speech declaring the formal end of the Third World War. Russia was also granted complete sovereignty and Allied occupation had ended. American and European forces remained in order to help Russia rebuild as well as prevent radical groups such as the Communists and Ultranationalists from being able to come to power.
However not all Russia had become sovereign. China, Japan, and Korea refuse to turn control of their zones back over to Russian rule. All three countries had a major power shift over the years and were now all under imperial monarchies. Japan annexed Kamchatka while China and Korea installed a puppet regime in East Siberia. The three countries formed the Second Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. A number of other Asian countries eventually joined the new coalition. Okinawa decided to secede from Japan and signed a protection treaty with the United States much to the outrage of the Japanese government. The Second Cold War had begun and the Fourth World War may not be far off...
Disclaimer: I do not own Red Dawn -- that is owned by MGM.