NATO, Nukes & Nazis: The Craziest World War III Game Ever Made

December 5, 2016 Topic: Security Region: Europe Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: World War IIICold WarGamesNuclear WeaponsDefenseNATOMilitary

NATO, Nukes & Nazis: The Craziest World War III Game Ever Made

It’s as if the Battle of the Bulge met Desert Storm.


It would be a leap to say that NATO, Nukes & Nazis is a plausible look at history as it might have been. Yet, the game isn’t implausible, either. Hitler believed the Capitalist-Communist coalition against him was unnatural and would inevitably collapse. The Anglo-Americans and the Soviets feared that the other would make a separate peace with Germany.

If World War II did end with a compromise peace, it is hard to imagine that there wouldn’t have been a World War III, given the nature of Nazism. If that conflict had been fought in the 1990s, maybe it would have been fought with helicopters and smart bombs (flying wings and Lebensborn breeding centers optional).


Thankfully, the world never had the misfortune to find out.

Michael Peck is a frequent contributor to the National Interest and is a regular writer for many outlets like WarIsBoring. He can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Image: An M1A2 Main Battle Tank at the Udairi Range Complex near Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Army