In 1979 Anthony Cave Brown published a book (Operation, World War III: The Secret American Plan 'Dropshot' for War with the Soviet Union, 1957, Arms and Armour Press, 1979; Google Books, Amazon) which was based on declassified war plans of the Operation Dropshot.
Are these war plans genuine? Did anyone ever question their authenticity?
This is the reason why I am suspicious: If you look at the way Soviet propaganda tried to incite hatred towards Americans, there are two common themes:
- Discrimination of Africans
- Persecution of Communists
These ideas were so prevalent that they became subjects of jokes and songs even in post-Soviet Russia. In modern Russia, people still remember them.
If the war plans from the book above were real, Soviet propaganda would have a much better ideological tool. Instead of saying Americans are bad because they discriminate against Africans and Communists, they could say Americans are bad because they wanted to kill us all.
The latter message would be much more effective than the former because if someone (the Americans) wanted to kill you (Soviet citizens), you are more likely to hate them than if that same nation
- discriminates against people (African Americans) who live on the other side of the world, look differently and whom you never saw in your life or
- against Communists which many Soviets did not like.
But the Soviet propaganda (to my knowledge) never used the Operation Dropshot materials. If they are real, it means that the US and its allies planned to subject the Soviet Union to a nuclear Holocaust in 1957.
Dropshot included mission profiles that would have used 300 nuclear bombs and 29,000 high-explosive bombs on 200 targets in 100 cities and towns to wipe out 85 percent of the Soviet Union's industrial potential at a single stroke.
Soviet Union could not retaliate at that time because it lacked means of delivery of an atomic bomb.
These plans were a much stronger reason to hate the Americans. But for some reason Soviet propagand did not make use of it. This is why I think these war plans may be fake.