Plan Totality

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Plan Totality was a disinformation ploy established by U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower in August 1945 on the direction of President Harry S. Truman, after the end of the Potsdam Conference.

The plan envisioned a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union with 20 to 30 atomic bombs. It earmarked 20 Soviet cities for obliteration in a nuclear first strike: Moscow, Gorky, Kuybyshev, Sverdlovsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Saratov, Kazan, Leningrad, Baku, Tashkent, Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Tagil, Magnitogorsk, Molotov, Tbilisi, Stalinsk, Grozny, Irkutsk, and Yaroslavl.[1] However, this plan was actually a disinformation ploy; it was only in 1946 that the United States could boast even nine atomic bombs in its inventory, along with twenty-seven B-29s capable of delivering them.[2] Plan Totality was part of Truman's 'giant atomic bluff' aimed primarily at the Soviet Union.[2][3][4] The bluff spectacularly succeeded. Following Truman's ultimatum in 1946 to evacuate troops from Iran within 48 hours, the Soviets did so within 24 hours.

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  1. ^ Michio Kaku and Daniel Axelrod, "To Win a Nuclear War: The Pentagon's Secret War Plans", Boston, South End Press, 1987, pp. 30-31.
  2. ^ a b Rosenberg, David A (June 1979). "American Atomic Strategy and the Hydrogen Bomb Decision". The Journal of American History (66.1): 62–87. JSTOR 1894674.
  3. ^ Clensy, David (1999). "America's Atomic Monopoly". American Resources on the Net (online presence of the American Studies Resource Centre (ASRC), John Moores University). John Moores University. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  4. ^ Rhodes, Richard (1996). Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb (Hardback ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780684804002.