When the map of Europe was a virtual nuclear Battlefield.

Salmijervi was listed as U.S. nuke target  is the title of an interesting article from The Independent Barents Observer that I re-blog here. The article deals with a list of prioritised targets of nuclear bombing which were close to the Norwegian border. But the list of cities and other sites, military compounds etc. given as an opened declassified file dating from the late 1950’s when nuclear payloads were still delivered by nuclear bombers instead of intercontinental ballistic missiles, covers Europe from North to South in a 306 pages long document. The interest lies on the fact that, far from being used as a weapon of mass killing, the nuclear bomb was perceived as a highly powerful explosive capable of destroying, in priority, military installations, these installations being remote from any populated center or not. Therefore, the category of targets has a different nature, nuclear detonations being possible used against unknown or only militarily known locations in very non remarkable places :

“The Soviet Border Guards station located a few hundred meters from the border to Norway was during the early days of the Cold War one of 47 nuke targets in the regions of Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Karelia, recently declassified data reveals.”

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