EUROPE: Frightening Truth

All the shooting was in Asia, and Asia was a long way from Europe. But Western Europe still embodied a frightening truth: if the Russians choose to risk all-out war with the U.S., they can roll through Western Europe like a color guard crossing a parade ground. With Mao's Chinese armies to protect their rear, the Russians could throw the better part of their 175 divisions,* 25,000 tanks and 19,000 warplanes into a sweep to the Atlantic.

To oppose the Russians, the West has on hand a pathetic collection of 12 to 15...

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