About This Show
What if ... ?
It is one of history's most gripping and dangerous questions.
Sometimes the most interesting history is the one that didn't actually happen.
Every other Thursday, Almost History tells the amazing true stories behind the aborted missions, cancelled plans, utopian dreams and hubristic designs that didn't quite make it from the drawing board to the real world.
Rescued from the footnotes, archives and passing references, each episode explores what almost happened and explains why it didn't.
Most Recent Episode
AH 11 Operation Unthinkable - Churchill's plan to attack Russia and start a Third World War
Jun 15, 2017
According to Field Marshal Montgomery, rule number one on the first page of the book of war is ‘do not march on Moscow’.
In April 1945, Winston Churchill ordered the British Chiefs of Staff to rip up the rule book and plan for an attack on their wartime ally, Russia.
It was audacious, inconceivable and incredibly risky.
So, fittingly, it was codenamed Operation Unthinkable.
Just how close did we come to launching the Third World War in 1945?
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The theme music is Newsroom by Riot.
The other music featured in this episode was Cylinder Seven and The Life and Death of a Certain K. Zabriskie, Patriarch, both by Chris Zabriskie and Sunset by Kai Engel. All tracks are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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