Wargames: Joshua’s Nuclear War Scenarios 60-79

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I forgot how much I enjoy posting these scenario lists. Apologies for there being such a large gap in time between lists.

 

  • Danish Paramilitary– The Danes sponsoring and training paramilitary groups in the East Bloc to carry out raids and strikes against Soviet targets.

 

  • SEATO Takeover– Worst case result of the domino theory following Vietnam

 

  • Hawaiian Escalation– Pearl Harbor II? A Soviet or Chinese attack on the US naval base leads to quick escalation.

 

  • Iranian Maneuver– Back during the Cold War this scenario could’ve referred to a Soviet move against Iran to secure oil fields and/or a warm water port.

 

  • NATO Containment– The Soviet Union moves to limit NATO power and expansion

 

  • Swiss Incident– Swiss neutrality is breached in some form and it escalates

 

  • Cuban Minimal– A situation similar to Operation Urgent Fury leads to the Caribbean exploding.

 

  • Chad Alert– Back in the 80s Libya and Chad were involved in a conflict that led to French intervention three times. If the Soviets had decided to back their Libyan ally, the situation could have escalated significantly.

 

  • Iceland Escalation– A Soviet military move to neutralize Iceland would have assured a clash between the superpowers.

 

  • Vietnamese Retaliation– In the late 70s, China and Vietnam were not the best of friends. In fact, China even invaded Vietnam in 1979. There was a lot of animosity between the two former allies.

 

  • Syrian Provocation– Bekka Valley, Lebanon, terrorism….choose your poison.

 

  • Libyan Local– A clash between Libya and Egypt or another neighboring state draws in the Superpowers.

 

  • Gabon takeover– Omar Bongo would never have gone quietly into the night. It would’ve gotten ugly quick.

 

  • Romanian War– Nicolae Ceaușescu was something of an East Bloc maverick. If he had stepped out of line, the Soviets may have come down hard on him. A Western response might have enflamed the entire continent.

 

  • Middle East Offensive– Soviet thrust to capture Saudi Arabia or Iran.

 

  • Denmark Massive– Whoever controls Denmark controls the Baltic Sea. The Soviets had their eye on Jutland for much of the Cold War and any move against Western Europe would have begun with a large operation against Denmark.

 

  • Chile Confrontation– Chile and Argentina clash.

 

  • South African Subversion– Think back to the 80s. Apartheid was still enforced in South Africa, Pretoria had nuclear devices, and the Border War was underway. It could’ve ended very badly.

 

  • USSR Alert– The Soviet Union prepares for military operations on a global scale. Their conventional and strategic forces go on alert. The US responds in kind………

 

  • Nicaraguan Thrust– Ronald Reagan’s worst nightmare. Nicaragua, backed by war materials from Russia and possibly manpower from Cuba, takes to the offensive in Central America.

 

 

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