Published On: Wed, Oct 30th, 2019

WW3: President’s ‘nuclear menu card’ to ‘mix and match for ultimate destruction’ exposed | World | News


The world came within a whisker of all-out nuclear war during the Sixties, as the US and Soviet Union tussled over ultimate supremacy both on the ground and in space. These tensions arguably reached their pinnacle in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, after Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to fulfil Fidel Castro’s request to place nuclear missiles in Cuba. The discovery ultimately led to a 13-day stand-off as the pair both threatened to obliterate each other with nuclear warheads.

However, Julie McDowall exposed the chilling realities of this during the “Dan Snow’s History Hit“ podcast, showing the true power JFK, and later Lyndon Johnson, possessed in the Sixties.

She said in August 2019“With a thermonuclear bomb, later in the Cold War, the yield could be whatever they wanted – you could actually dial on the bombs what you wanted.

“The president could get out his cards, which he always carried in his pocket – known as the biscuit – and he could choose what he wanted. 

“There are what are called menus – these menus and he could choose his menu for what he wanted.

JFK had a nuclear menu card

JFK had a nuclear menu card (Image: GETTY)

Fidel Castro requested nuclear support from the Soviet Union

Fidel Castro requested nuclear support from the Soviet Union (Image: GETTY)

He could mix and match the nuclear bomb for ultimate destruction

Julie McDowall

“He could choose what target, which yield he is going to use, and then mix and match the nuclear bomb for ultimate destruction.”

Ms McDowall, who also has her own “Atomic Hobo” podcast where she discusses similar revelations, said there was little survival chance by the time of the technological advancements of the Sixties.

She added: “But in reality, if the bomb falls on your city, there’s no hope for you [either way].

“So this is completely different from the atomic age, back then – yes – you could survive, and some of our plans could have worked.

“But by the time the nuclear age turned to thermonuclear, there’s no point planning, all you can do is plan to avoid it, not survive.

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The modern day nuclear football

The modern day nuclear football (Image: GETTY)

“The hydrogen bomb came in around in the Sixties, so the nuclear age in the late Forties had just America with the atomic bomb.”

Ms McDowall continued, explaining how thermonuclear bombs changed the face of the Cold War.

She continued: “But, of course, the Russians caught on very quickly and then the rest of us, little Britain and little France tried to tag along.

“Then the hydrogen bomb made itself clear in the Sixties and there was a report written by the British Government, known as the Strauss Report, which wasn’t full of silly British euphemisms to underplay what it was, it was famous for being very blunt.

“It told the government ‘this is what the hydrogen bomb will do’ and that’s when things changed.

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US milirary discovered Soviet ballistic missile locations

US milirary discovered Soviet ballistic missile locations (Image: GETTY)

Khrushchev and JFK battled it out

Khrushchev and JFK battled it out (Image: GETTY)

“They knew that all the nice nostalgia of the Blitz was useless now, because they were in a totally different world.”

Mr Snow asked how Britain prepared for such warfare, and the response was shocking.

Ms McDowall revealed how the women of World War 2 put themselves forward for the task of helping should nuclear war erupt, not knowing the true implications.

She explained: “It was quite serious and quite hopeful [at the same time] during the atomic age, because they still had the Civil Defence Court, but they were disbanded in 1968, partly because of money.

“But in the late Forties, Fifties and even early Sixties, you still had the Civil Defence Court and they were training hard to rescue people from rubble and set up a welfare section – they were invaluable during the Blitz.

“He [Hitler] could bomb the city, but the women were going to drive to rescue everyone and dish out soup and tea to keep them safe and warm.

“So they were still involved, but they are often mocked because during the thermonuclear age they said they were still going to do their duty that they did during the Blitz.”

Thankfully, the Cuban Missile Crisis was resolved when Kennedy finally decided to bring the situation to an end by secretly agreeing to remove all missiles in Turkey and possibly Italy too, in exchange for Khrushchev removing all missiles in Cuba.

However, at this point, Khrushchev knew things the US did not.

WW3 flashpoints

WW3 flashpoints (Image: GETTY/DX)

First, that the shooting down of the U-2 by a Soviet missile violated direct orders from Moscow, and Cuban antiaircraft fire against other US reconnaissance aircraft also violated direct orders from Khrushchev to Castro.

Second, the Soviets already had 162 nuclear warheads on Cuba that the US did not then believe were there as well as scores of nuclear-tipped subs.

Third, the Soviets and Cubans on the island would almost certainly have responded to an invasion by using those nuclear weapons.

The Soviet leader knew he was losing control and came out of the incident with his pride in check.



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