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Most likely cities to be targeted by a nuke - Warsaw Pact, 1959

Thanks to declassified american archives published on the 22nd of december 2022, we now know what the primary targets of american nuclear bombs might have been, had the cold went nuclear at the end of the 1950ies. These archives are partly obsolete today, mainly because the superpowers don't have the same amount of nuclear weapons anymore, but also because it is believed the american army decided to take back Moscow from the top of the list, in order to keep a dialogue between the Kremlin and Washington possible (in order to attempt a last-chance de-esclation, to avoid total annihilation). Other websites mention the possibility of a single nuclear detonation as a last warning, which may have hit Boston (for the United States) or Kiev (for the Soviet Union). Others mention the Orsha airbase in Belarus as the number 1 target of the americans (the aforementioned archive sets it at priority level 287, with 7 to 9 bombs dropped on the target in case of launch). Finally, the possibility of dropping mainly H bombs on the soviet territory and mainly A bombs on the territory of the satellite states is also mentioned on some articles on the topic. Potential targets of the Soviet Union or of other nuclear powers have never been declassified to this day. Target 97 is absent from the document: indicate "not in the document" to get the point for the 97th question.
Source: https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb538-Cold-War-Nuclear-Target-List-Declassified-First-Ever/documents/1st%20city%20list%20complete.pdf . This quiz is a translation of my former quiz (in French).
To check out as well: https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb538-Cold-War-Nuclear-Target-List-Declassified-First-Ever/ . This data shows you a map of some of the targets.
Many targets are indicated for each city. These targets also have a priority order. The document doesn't tell whether all targets would have been fired at or whether they were possible ground zeros for a single nuclear weapon. Some cities lie outside of the Warsaw Pact, but are part of the eastern block.
Additional annotations with capital letters (A, B, AB, L...) are present on the right column. These might indicate additionnal targets or the type of weapon/plane/missile to use to conduct the strike.
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Priority order
Targeted city/airfield/...
Number of targets in the city
1
Moscow
190 targets (201 in total with the surroundings)
2
Leningrad (Saint-Petersburg)
139 targets (159 in total with the surroundings)
3
Smolensk
10 targets
4
Vinnytsia
7 targets
5
Spassk-Dalny
8 targets
6
Novossibirsk
41 targets
7
Baku
39 targets (49 in total with the surroundings)
8
Kuybyshev (Samara)
39 targets (41 in total with the surroundings)
9
Ufa
27 targets (29 in total with the surroundings)
10
Noginsk
4 targets (8 targets in total,
with a special mention for Elektrostal)
11
Istra (in Russia)
2 targets and 3 targets in the area numbered M-...
12
Dzerzhinsk (in Russia)
22 targets
13
Peiping (Beijing)
17 targets (22 in total with the surroundings)
14
Tashkent
30 targets
15
Tbilissi
33 targets (45 in total with the surroundings)
16
Kazan
27 targets
17
Saratov
31 targets (35 in total with the surroundings)
18
Minsk
25 targets (27 in total with the surroundings)
19
Vladivostok
49 targets (55 in total with the surroundings)
20
Voronezh
23 targets
21
Lvov (Lviv)
16 targets (18 in total with the surroundings)
22
Kharkov (Kharkiv)
36 targets (40 in total with the surroundings)
23
Riga
36 targets (39 in total with the surroundings)
24
Grozny
11 targets
25
Voroshilov (Ussuriysk)
19 targets (23 in total with the surroundings)
26
Gorky (Nizhny Novgorod)
46 targets (50 in total with the surroundings)
27
Kiev (Kyiv)
35 targets
28
Shanghai
82 targets
29
Shcherbakov (Rybinsk)
16 targets
30
Chirchik
16 targets
31
Kaliningrad
25 targets (29 in total with the surroundings)
32
Sevastopol
22 targets (24 in total with the surroundings)
33
Dniprodzerzhynsk (Kamianske)
15 targets (17 in total with the surroundings)
34
Tallinn
28 targets
35
Khabarovsk
37 targets
36
Molotov (Perm)
25 targets
37
Belomorsk
10 targets
38
Odessa
36 targets
39
Zaporozhie (Zaporizhia)
35 targets
40
Omsk
25 targets
41
Kyshtym (Oziorsk)
4 targets (9 in total with the surroundings)
42
Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg)
43 targets (45 in total with the surroundings)
43
Rostov
22 targets (31 in total,
mentioned a 2nd time with 2 targets
[priority order 720])
44
Mukden (Shenyang)
44 targets
45
Norilsk
12 targets
46
Aleksin
8 targets
47
Hankou
19 targets (24 in total with the surroundings)
48
Chita
17 targets
49
Tsingtao (Qingdao)
20 targets
50
Ussolye-Sibirskoye
7 targets (11 in total with the surroundings)
Priority order
Targeted city/airfield/...
Number of targets in the city
51
Vilnius
12 targets (14 in total with the surroundings)
52
Petrozavodsk
12 targets
53
Komsomolsk-on-Amur
30 targets
54
Batumi
16 targets
55
Irkutsk
21 targets
56
Kirovgrad
4 targets (6 in total with the surroundings)
57
Brandenburg
14 targets (28 in total with the surroundings)
58
Prague
69 targets (114 in total with the surroundings)
59
Ploiești
29 targets (47 in total with the surroundings)
60
Budapest
126 targets (143 in total with the surroundings)
61
East Berlin
68 targets (91 in total with the surroundings)
62
Warsaw
39 targets (48 in total with the surroundings)
63
Bucarest
46 targets (48 in total with the surroundings)
64
Krasnodar
13 targets
65
Tuapse
9 targets
66
Gorlovka (Horlivka)
11 targets (22 in total with the surroundings)
67
Stalino (Donetsk)
20 targets (46 in total with the surroundings)
68
Kirovakan (Vanadzor in Armenia)
7 targets (11 in total with the surroundings)
69
Berezniki (Kydzakar)
15 targets
70
Yaroslavl
23 targets (26 in total with the surroundings)
71
Serov (formerly Nadezhdinsk)
8 targets (21 in total with the surroundings)
72
Dalian
34 targets (36 in total with the surroundings)
73
Syzran (railway knot)
14 targets (21 in total with the surroundings)
74
Constanța
18 targets (20 in total with the surroundings)
75
Chelyabinsk
30 targets (33 in total with the surroundings)
76
Antung (Dandong)
10 targets
(13 in total with 3 targets on the town of
Sinuiju across the North Korean border)
77
Pyongyang
10 targets (12 in total with the surroundings)
78
Tomsk
10 targets
79
Krasnovodsk (Türkmenbașy)
10 targets
80
Chkalovsk
14 targets
(named "Chkalov" in the document)
81
Orsk
19 targets
82
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
8 targets
83
Krasnoyarsk
20 targets
84
Hangzhou
13 targets (16 in total with the surroundings)
85
Stalingrad (Volgograd)
34 targets (39 in total with the surroundings)
86
Tientsin (Tianjin)
22 targets
87
Fushun
25 targets
88
Cottbus
4 targets (13 in total with the surroundings)
89
Dnipropetrovsk (Dnipro)
34 targets (36 in total with the surroundings)
90
Canton (Guangzhou)
42 targets (56 in total with the surroundings)
91
Chapayevsk
10 targets
92
Sukhumi
9 targets (11 in total with the surroundings)
93
Ostashkov
3 targets
94
Glazov
3 targets
95
Kapustin Yar (Znamensk)
2 targets
96
Nanking (Nanjing)
21 targets (27 in total with the surroundings)
97
Not in the document
Not in the document
98
Fergana
2 targets (8 in total with the surroundings)
99
Wrocław
46 targets (57 in total with the surroundings)
100
Poznań
20 targets
4 Comments
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Level 69
Mar 3, 2023
PLEASE accept the common jetpunk spelling variations for most of these cities.
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Level 23
May 31, 2023
Sorry about that! Which ones do you think about in particular? I'd be happy to fix this, I'm just not very much used to JetPunk and I don't know which spellings are considered common on this site!
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Level 67
May 17, 2023
Interesting topic, thanks for the quiz. The link & map is interesting. I guess this is pre-ICBM, airfield locations, and industry. Lots of Ukraine and Belarus.

The targets seem very limited, geographically speaking.

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Level 23
May 31, 2023
Thanks a lot! I also think that this is probably about airflield locations pre-ICBM as you said, because some of the top priorities have strategic airports in common. To me, there were expected results but also a lot of surprises! Yeah, as you said it is relatively limited geographically speaking!