From the 1950’s the relationship between the Unites States and the Soviet Union was becoming more and more tense. The third world war seemed inevitable, and – as a member of the Warsaw Pact – Hungary was supposed to take part in it. According to some military plans, Hungary was to attack Northern Italy or Bavaria in cooperation with other communist states.

Of course Western NATO countries had similar ideas, in case armed conflict seemed unavoidable. Both sides would have used nuclear weapons – big or small – in these conflicts, even in densely populated areas. Fortunately all this never had to happened.

Cold War poster – “Together in protecting socialism and peace”

Comparing the destructive potential of nuclear weapons.

The effect of a W-88 Trident nuclear warhead above Budapest.

Potential nuclear strike targets, according to an American plan from 1956.

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