In May 1945, already after the capitulation of Germany in the Second World War, Great Britain has developed a plan of military operation against the USSR. On May 25 this was reported by the British newspaper The Telegraph with reference to a document from the National Archives.
As stated in document CAB 120/691, a few days after the capture of Berlin by the Soviet army, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered the Joint Planning Staff to prepare Operation Unthinkable. It was planned that the allies of the Western coalition within two months after the surrender were to conduct an offensive deep into the territories occupied by the Soviet Union.
The publication specifies that they wanted to impose “the will of the United States and the British Empire” on the Soviet Union. The offensive was to be led by former commander of the Royal Artillery and Brigadier General Geoffrey Thompson. The military campaign was planned to begin on July 1, 1945.
The British and American military planned to “push” the Red Army to the Oder and Neisse Rivers, the Federal News Agency adds. They also hoped to give a major tank battle, the scale of which would surpass the Battle of Kursk.
It is noted that Thompson drew Churchill’s attention to the fact that additional forces would be needed to defeat the Soviet army and suggested that Hitler’s German Armed Forces and SS troops be involved in the operation.
Earlier in May, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation published a multimedia section, “And Prague was saved,” as part of the project “Without a Statute of Limitations. No right to forget, rewrite, distort”. It is dedicated to preserving the memory of the decisive role of the Red Army in the liberation of Bohemia from the Nazi invaders.