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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (1 Jan. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722141858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722141854
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paddy4964 on 6 Aug. 2009
This is without doubt the best written work of a future history of WW111 that fortunately never happened. General Hackett wrote this book back in 1978 when there was a real possibility of a third World War and I first read this book then whilst serving with the British Army of the Rhine. Having re-read it recently I remain just as impressed. His knowledge of troop deployments, both NATO and Warsaw Pact, military operations and warfare were excellent as you would expect from a former NATO Commander. I have found reading this book second time around, some 30 years later, more relaxing and entertaining in the knowledge that the possibility of a war as described by General Hackett is extremely unlikley, thank goodness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Feb. 2013
I remember this fine man. An occasional guest on Question Time on BBC1, on Robin Day's watch, he paused. He paused, and thought before he spoke. I was in my mid-teens, and I thought, 'This man is wise.' When he did speak, he spoke with measure, an absolute lack of impetuosity, and with the manner of one who had had to make important decisions requiring care. I will always remember him. He shone out amongst the self-aggrandizing, defensive, posturing politicians surrounding him. Very few people make you feel that their words always mean something, and he was one of the few.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul T Horgan VINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2012
The surprising thing is that no-one thought of publishing something like this before at the time, which was 1978. Essentially it is a book, purporting to be written post-1985 that describes a mostly conventional war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.

Perhaps the reason that no such work was written previously was that in the 1950s and most of the 1960s a Soviet invasion of West Germany would have escalated into nuclear war very quickly. Certainly in the 1950s the US armed forces had been run down in anticipation of the nuclear umbrella deterring Soviet expansionism. By the 1970s, the 'tripwire' had given way to a 'flexible response', where a Soviet incursion would not necessarily be met with a nuclear response.

So this is what we have. The scenario is quite similar to historical events, apart from war actually breaking out. The Soviet Union, facing the increased failure of its economy and as such its controlling ideology decides to combat growing internal unrest by launching a war to unite the USSR and also to eliminate its rival for power in Europe. There are peripheral theatres of war, but the main one is in West Germany. The book sets out to be as militarily authentic as possible and not to have any plot twists like those in Clancy's 'Red Storm Rising'. The Soviet thrust runs out of energy as ammunition expenditure far exceeds the plans and also NATO manages to blunt the thrust much in the same way the Schlieffen Plan was blunted in 1914. Seeing the failure of their plans leading to a loss of prestige and power, the Soviet leadership launch a nuclear strike on Birmingham while calling for a peace conference. The UK & US retaliate by destroying Minsk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bart on 15 Sept. 2013
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One of many books about III World War.
Despite being published so many years ago, it's still a chilling remainder.
Things could get out of control and Sir John Hackett tried to show how.
I like it a lot and read it many times. Excellent read.
If You like alternate history or What If kind of books, then it is your choice.

Thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Jan. 2013
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I read this back in the days i think he was on to something especially in the second book, bought it as i had lost my old copy and i kept thinking about it when comparing world events today,
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I first read this book in 1980 and thought it was an excellently constructed faction on how WW3 would start and pan out. Given the problems in Ukraine and the Middle East I thought it deserved re-reading and apart from the development of weaponry it stands the test of time and is a great read. Sadly my library did not have it so, at 1p +p&p this was an excellent buy and arrived promptly and in good (previously loved) condition.
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I read this book when it was published and despite the fact it has been overtaken by history it is still excellent. Well worth a read for anyone who doesn't remember the Cold War and by those who do to remind themselves why they should be grateful it never went hot.
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By R M Veale on 18 Mar. 2014
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I was swept along by this book when I first read it in the mid-80s during the Cold War, so I decided to re-visit it by buying this Used book. I was quickly swept into the Cold War history again and forgot how dated the theme was
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