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A simple answer is: Soviets had barely the same plan for an all-out nuclear war. In the 50s, Soviets as well as Americans had a very lazy perception on nuclear weapons: one general wanted to use nuclear bombs over China's border, and tactical nuclear weapons were developed like the Davy Crockett. In the end, the Mutual Assured Destruction doctrine was ...


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Ike had no combat experience, yet he was appointed Supreme Allied Commander? That smacks of politics, not of military qualifications. Patton was the best battlefield general that the allies had. If Patton had been appointed Supreme Allied Commander rather than Ike, we would have won the war within six months; instead, Patton was sidelined, and we ...


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During the War of Attrition (1967-1970) Israel used US supplied equipment. During that period the Soviet Union invested considerable resources in support for the Egyptian regime. The Soviets provided MiG and Sukhoi aircraft to the Egyptians, and during 1970 Soviet pilots took active part in operations (e.g. Rimon 20) and suffered casualties. The Soviets also ...


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The Chinese intervention was determined by the Chinese government's unwillingness to accept the demise of the North Korean state and see a potentially hostile border created, so by attempting the "liberation" of North Korea MacArthur was explicitly provoking the Chinese response. Talking about what he could have done to avoid intervention after having ...


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A short answer to slightly qualify the detailed answer from JMS. The equipment that was being supplied by the Warsaw Pact and NATO powers to the various parties in the Middle East during the Cold War was usually not the most modern available technology and often borderline obsolete, so the implication of the original question that the Middle Eastern ...


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Question: Were Israeli-arab conflicts in the Cold war testing grounds for NATO and Warsaw Pact equipment? Short Answer: Mostly no, but in the end yes. More Detailed Answer: The cold war lasted from 1947 – 1991. The Arab Israili wars during that time period were 1948–49: Israel’s War Of Independence - No US Military Aid 1956: Suez Crisis ...


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Besides the political and strategic solutions, that were detailed in an other answer and are not operationnal solutions nor solutions under Mac Arthur's control, here are some possibilities: Better intelligence and better assessment of intelligence: Proper intelligence allows to prepare for the PVA's attack, but it was hard to get: Chinese airspace could ...


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Statement: The initial successes of Chinese military in Korean War against high odds can be said to be a major blunder on the part of MacArthur's military leadership. The initial successes of Chinese military came because of their huge numerical advantage not as you say against high odds. On Nov. 25-26, 1950, 300,000 Chinese troops attacked ...


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The directive being obeyed is simply not to start a war with China. A show of force is often the first act of any commander, regardless of nation, in hopes to resolve a pending conflict before it starts. China has its reasons, and so does everyone else, but in regards to Korea, it is more often than not a war of faces, words and posturing. The Korean ...


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Contrary to any claims by MacArthur, far and away the best defensive line anywhere on the Korean Peninsula is the east-west mountain range from Anju to Hamnung as shown here on an excerpt from the West Point Military Atlas. In either the northern or southern version marked, it includes the vast bulk of North Korea's coastal plain, with its corresponding ...


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