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A nuclear holocaust is often associated with World War III
A nuclear holocaust is often associated with World War III

World War III (abbreviated WWIII), or the Third World War, is a term used to describe a hypothetical conflict on the scale of World War I and World War II, or even larger, such as a nuclear holocaust. Most usages of the term assume the use of weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. On rare occasions, actual events, such as the Cold War[1] or the War on Terror,[2] are referred to as World War III. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nuclear Holocaust is the concept of the eradication of the human race through the means of Nuclear warfare. ... World War III, World War Three or Third World War generally refers to a hypothetical future World War, usually fought with nuclear weapons. ... A world war is a war affecting the majority of the worlds major nations. ... A hypothesis (= assumption in ancient Greek) is a proposed explanation for a phenomenon. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Nuclear Holocaust is the concept of the eradication of the human race through the means of Nuclear warfare. ... Weapons of Mass Destruction is also the name of rapper Xzibits 2004 album. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 kilometers (11 mi) above the hypocenter A nuclear weapon derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions of fusion or fission. ... For the use of biological agents by terrorists, see bioterrorism. ... Chemical warfare is warfare (and associated military operations) using the toxic properties of chemical substances to kill, injure or incapacitate an enemy. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... This article is about U.S. actions, and those of other states, after September 11 2001. ...

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Historical close calls

Before the collapse of the Soviet Union and end of the Cold War, an apocalyptic war between the United States and the USSR was considered feasible. The Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 is generally thought to be the historical point at which the risk of World War III was closest. Other potential starts have included the following (see External links below for further examples): Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... The Soviet Unions collapse into independent nations began in earnest in 1985. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... Look up Apocalypse in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... President Kennedy in a crowded Cabinet Room during the Cuban Missile Crisis. ...

  • 1950–1953 – Korean War. General MacArthur planned to invade and bomb China to eliminate the threat of communism in eastern Asia.
  • July 26, 1956 – March, 1957 – Suez Crisis: The conflict pitted Egypt against an alliance between France, the United Kingdom and Israel. When the USSR threatened to intervene on behalf of Egypt, the Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs Lester B. Pearson feared a larger war and persuaded the British and French to withdraw. The Eisenhower administration, also fearing a wider war, had applied pressure to the United Kingdom to withdraw, including a threat to create a currency crisis by dumping US holdings of British debt. Lester B. Pearson later received a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts toward peace.
  • October 27, 1962Cuban Missile Crisis: The conflict pitted the United States against an alliance between the USSR and Cuba. The USSR was attempting to place several launch sites in Cuba in response to the United States installation of missiles in Turkey. The United States response included dispersal of Strategic Air Command bombers to civilian airfields around the United States and war games in which the United States Marine Corps landed against a dictator named "ORTSAC" (Castro spelt backwards). For a brief while, the U.S. military went to DEFCON 3, while SAC went to DEFCON 2. The crisis peaked on October 27, when a U-2 (piloted by Rudolph Anderson) was shot down over Cuba and another U-2 over the USSR was almost intercepted when it strayed over Siberia, after Curtis LeMay (U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff) had neglected to enforce Presidential orders to suspend all overflights. See also: Vasiliy Arkhipov.
  • October 24, 1973Yom Kippur War: As the Yom Kippur War was winding down, a Soviet threat to intervene on Egypt's behalf caused the United States to go to DEFCON 3.
  • November 9, 1979 – False "Soviet First Strike" Alarm: The US made emergency retaliation preparations after NORAD saw on-screen indications that a full-scale Soviet attack had been launched. No attempt was made to use the "red telephone" hotline to clarify the situation with the USSR and it was not until early-warning radar systems confirmed no such launch had taken place that NORAD realized that a computer system test had caused the display errors. A Senator inside the NORAD facility at the time described an atmosphere of absolute panic. A GAO investigation led to the construction of an off-site test facility, to prevent similar mistakes in the future. The 1983 film, WarGames, was inspired by an article detailing this and the following event.
  • September 26, 1983 – False "US First Strike" Alarm: Soviet early warning systems showed that a US ICBM attack had been launched. Colonel Stanislav Petrov, in command of the monitoring facility, correctly interpreted the warnings as a computer error and did not notify his superiors, even though this was against standing orders and ultimately resulted in serious career consequences for Petrov.
  • November 1983 – Exercise Able Archer: The USSR mistook a test of NATO's nuclear-release procedures as a fake cover for a NATO attack and subsequently raised its nuclear alert level. It was not until afterwards that the US realized how close it had come to nuclear war. At the time of the exercise the Soviet Politburo was without a healthy functioning head due to the failing health of then leader Yuri Andropov, which is thought to have been one of the contributing factors to the Soviet concern over the exercise.
  • April 15, 1986 - Libya launched two Scud ballistic missiles toward Italy in retaliation of American bombings. The missiles landed in the sea, the first two kilometers northwest and the second two kilometers southeast of Lampedusa.
  • January 25, 1995Norwegian Rocket Incident: A Norwegian missile launch for scientific research was detected from Andøya Rocket Range and thought to be an attack on Russia, launched from a submarine five minutes away from Moscow. Norway had notified the world that it would be making the launch, but the Russian Defense Ministry had neglected to notify those monitoring Russia's nuclear defense systems.

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Difficulty in determining a "World War"

The term "World War" has only been officially used once during a conflict, and that was World War II. The first World War was known as the "Great War" rather than the "World War"; in the aftermath it was called the "World War" (although the Germans called it a Weltkrieg, or "World War", throughout). Therefore, it may take years before another major time of tension, such as the Cold War or the current War on Terror could be officially recognized as a World War III (or if both are the case, World War III and World War IV). It should also be noted that serious wars, before and after 1914 and 1918 are not included as part of World War I despite international attention, such as the Balkan Wars from 1912 to 1913 and the Polish-Soviet War from 1919 to 1921. The same is the case for World War II, as previous serious conflicts in the world were occurring from 1931 to 1939 such as the Japanese invasion of Manchuria and later China, the Spanish Civil War, the German annexation of Austria (Anschluss), and the occupation of Czechoslovakia, but these events are not considered part of World War II, but only a prelude, despite the severe political instability. Therefore, determining a specific point of where a world war begins is difficult, but usually occurs when a conflict affects large areas of the world, especially through alliances. For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... This article is about U.S. actions, and those of other states, after September 11, 2001. ... Combatants  Ottoman Empire Balkan League: Bulgaria Greece Serbia Montenegro Commanders Ottoman Empire: Nizam PaÅŸa, Zeki PaÅŸa, Esat PaÅŸa, Abdullah PaÅŸa, Ali Rıza PaÅŸa Bulgaria: Vladimir Vazov, Vasil Kutinchev, Nikola Ivanov, Radko Dimitriev Greece:Crown Prince Constantine, Panagiotis Danglis, Pavlos Kountouriotis Serbia:Radomir Putnik, Petar... Combatants Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Republic of Poland Ukrainian Peoples Republic Commanders Mikhail Tukhachevsky Semyon Budyonny Józef PiÅ‚sudski Edward Rydz-ÅšmigÅ‚y Strength 950,000 combatants 5,000,000 reserves 360,000 combatants 738,000 reserves Casualties Dead estimated at 100,000... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Not to be confused with the Spanish Civil War of 1820-1823. ... German troops march into Austria on 12 March 1938. ...


Also, the first two World Wars were characteristically total wars involving war economy, massive mobilization, food rationing and tremendous casualties on both sides.[citation needed] World War III might thus be expected to follow that pattern.[citation needed] If so, this would rule out the Cold War and the War on Terror as candidates for the "distinction".[citation needed] Total war is a military conflict in which nations mobilize all available resources in order to destroy another nations ability to engage in war. ... War economy is the term used to describe the contingencies undertaken by the modern state to mobilize its economy for war production. ... Gas ration stamps being printed as a result of the 1973 oil crisis Rationing is the controlled distribution of resources and scarce goods or services: it restricts how much people are allowed to buy or consume. ...


Popular culture

World War III is also a common theme in popular culture. Who might start the next World War and how it might start are perennial topics of discussion in press. A vast apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic science fiction literature exists describing the postulated aftermath of a Third World War, several notable movies have been made based on World War III, and it is the topic of various comics, computer games, songs, magazines, radio programs, newspapers and billboards. World War III is a common theme in popular culture. ... Popular culture, sometimes abbreviated to pop culture, consists of widespread cultural elements in any given society. ... Apocalyptic fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction (or, in some cases, the more general category speculative fiction) that is concerned with the end of civilization through nuclear war, plague, or some other general disaster. ...

I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Albert Einstein “Einstein” redirects here. ...

See also

Image File history File links WikiNews-Logo. ... Wikinews is a free-content news source and a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. ... A world war is a war affecting the majority of the worlds major nations. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... World War III is a common theme in popular culture. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... This article is about U.S. actions, and those of other states, after September 11 2001. ... The Doomsday argument (DA) is a probabilistic argument that claims to predict the future lifetime of the human race given only an estimate of the total number of humans born so far. ... Minutes to Midnight redirects here, along with other titles incorporating that term. ... This article is about the theoretical world-ending destruction. ... This list of nuclear holocaust fiction lists the many works of speculative fiction that attempt to describe a world during or after a massive nuclear war, or nuclear holocaust. ... The Morgenthau Plan showing the planned partitioning of Germany into a North State, a South State, and an International zone. ... U.S. and USSR/Russian nuclear weapons stockpiles, 1945-2006 Nuclear disarmament is the proposed dismantling of nuclear weapons, particularly those of the United States and the Soviet Union (later Russia) targeted on each other. ... Nuclear Holocaust is the concept of the eradication of the human race through the means of Nuclear warfare. ... This article is about nuclear war as a form of actual warfare, including history. ... The 1957 photograph of Miss Atomic Bomb, a Las Vegas showgirl with a mushroom cloud dress, has often been used as representative of Cold War kitsch and a symbol of the effects of nuclear weapons on American popular culture. ...

References

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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