October 1962 – the so-called Cuban Missile Crisis breaks out, the tense face-off between USSR and USA caused by the stationing of the Soviet nuclear missiles on Cuba.
October 28, 1962 Nikita Khrushchev declines the American conditions to resolve crisis. Around noon Moscow time the USSR calls for total mobilization, alongside with partial evacuation of large cities and industrial decentralization.
At daybreak of October 29, 1962, following J.F.K’s ultimatum, the US Army starts full-scale bombardment of the Soviet missile positions on Cuba.
Starting at 10:30 Soviet missile forces return 3 nuclear strikes from Cuba at the American military bases near New Orleans, Miami and Key West. Several naval battles between Soviet and American ships take place around the same time in the Caribbean.
Starting at 14:00, October 29, USA and USSR are in full-fledged nuclear war
At the same time Soviet troops in Eastern Europe start an offensive operation against the NATO forces stationed on the territory of Western Germany (FRG)
USSR and USA annihilate each other’s military bases, large administrative and industrial centers.
Tactical nuclear weapons are used against Soviet tanks in Europe. In order to push the offensive on the outskirts of Bonn, the Soviets also start using these types of weapons.
UK and France receive nuclear air strikes as a part of the conflict escalation. They retaliate at Poland and USSR.
By November 15, 1962 the infrastructure of USA, Europe and USSR had been completely devastated. Giant forest fires, and destruction of dams and chemical plants, scale up the disaster. The food reserves are all gone. The radioactive contamination becomes global making any further military actions, as well as the use of the contaminated territories, pointless.
The vast majority of the US and Eurasia population becomes extinct throughout the winter of 1962-1963 due to hunger, cold and diseases. But the Soviet Union was prepared for the war. The powerful Soviet military machine had mobilized and worked at its full capacity. Within a short period of time nuclear shelters were brought into service, the population was evacuated and PPEs were handed out.
State administration bodies were dispersed, new hospitals were organized. Strategically important plants, construction bureaus and scientific-research institutes were re-established underground well beforehand.
Moscow had the best air defense system, the so called AA Missile System S-25, and despite the nuclear strikes, the Soviet territory never became one large radioactive wasteland.
Although the nuclear war made normal life impossible in the USSR, it never led to obliteration of the state and the social structure collapse. The Soviet Union entered a new historical era.
In 2012, fifty years after the catastrophe, the capital of the USSR is Pobedograd. The city is wide-spread, and has considerably grown its system of Moscow bunkers, command posts and underground plants.