Operation Unthinkable - Operation Unthinkable was a code name of two related plans of a conflict between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union. Both were ordered by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1945 and developed by the British Armed Forces' Joint Planning Staff at the end of World War II in Europe.
Winston Churchill lead Great Britain for most of World War Two and Churchill’s ‘bulldog’ spirit seemed to summarise the mood of the British people even during the bad times, such as Dunkirk, and the inspirational victories, such as the Battle of Britain.
Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin talk with an American general at the Potsdam Conference-Relations between the superpowers had worsened considerably since Yalta. In March 1945, Stalin had invited the non-Communist Polish leaders to meet him, and arrested them. Things had got so bad that, in May 1945, the British Joint Planing Group had drawn up plans for 'Operation Unthinkable' - a 'total war ... to impose our will upon Russia'. Meanwhile, Rooevelt had died, and America…
By 1945, USSR was stronger and Britain a lot weaker than Churchill had anticipated. Winston Churchill asked his War Cabinet for a plan to invade Soviet Union. The generals drew up a plan. Codenamed Operation Unthinkable, it proposed Western forces attack the Soviets on a front extending from Hamburg in the north to Trieste in the south. Churchill, Roosevelt & Stalin at the Yalta Conference - 1945. Source: US Library of Congress/wikipedia.org
After Germany’s defeat, Europe was now divided between the Allies in the west and the Soviets in the east. Winston Churchill did not trust Stalin to liberate the countries his forces occupied, and so he and his military planners prepared Operation Unthinkable, which would have pitted the Allied forces against Soviet troops across Europe. Hostilities would begin on July 1, 1945 and involve re-arming 100,000 German soldiers to join the Allies.
Operation Unthinkable was a British plan to attack the Soviet Union. The creation of the plan was ordered by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1945 and developed by the British Armed Forces' Joint Planning Staff at the end of World War II in Europe.