Plan Totality

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Plan Totality was a disinformation ploy established by US General Dwight D. Eisenhower in August 1945 on the direction of US 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; by 1946 the United States still had only 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]

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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 (1 August 1995). Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-68-480400-2. LCCN 95011070. OCLC 456652278. OL 7720934M. Wikidata Q105755363 – via Internet Archive.