Under US Freedom of Information directives concerning the Cold War 50 years ago, the US Defense Department has today revealed a Top Secret collaboration with president Kruschev of the former Soviet Union.
In a simultaneous press announcement by both the US and Russia, it is revealed that much of the military might of both nations has been, and still is, artificial. It had been decided as early as 1946 to take this approach, as it was considered that using real weapons might hurt people. Subsequently, Churchill, Eisenhower and Stalin had secret discussions to determine how to progress this concept without anyone knowing.
The Russians built inflatable tanks, radar stations, and MiG fighters out of reindeer leather. When plastics became easier to manufacture, this replaced the leather. The famous May Day celebrations were entirely artifical - they were lead by a large tractor, pulling row upon row of manikins dressed as soldiers. The tanks were inflatable, and were also towed.
The UK Harrier jump jets are also revealed to be balloons - how else could they rise vertically ?
In the USA they had similar creativity. The fleet of B52 bombers are in fact a fleet of balloons. Archive film of them in flight was made possible by speeding up the reels. Aircraft carriers such as USS Enterprise are actually inflatable, and are so convincing that US sailors operating it today are unaware that it isn't metal.
Both USA and Russia stopped making nuclear weapons as early as 1951, as soon as they realised where this was heading. President Truman is quoted as saying "Jesus, you didn't think we'd make REAL weapons that could destroy the world - that would be plain stupid"
In a disastrous attempt at copying this idea, Argentinian forces built an experimental cruiser based on the same principles. It was filled with hydrogen instead of air, and when a sailor accidentally lit a cigarette at the end of the Falklands war, unfortunately it detonated.