Connect
To Top

Unclassified Documents Reveal This Man Saved Us From A Nuclear Holocaust

bnd.com

bnd.com

Imagine for a moment you are a Naval Officer stationed miles under the ocean – inside a B-59 Submarine and you’ve been cut off from the outside world for almost four days. There is a filtration system error in the B-59 – you and most of the crew have already lost 30 to 40 % bodyweight.

Tensions are running high and the psychological effects of being stuck inside a metal capsule deep in the ocean are beginning to take effect. From the recent explosions around you in the water – it appears that your submarine is under attack.

You and another Naval Officer discuss with the Captain the best possible course of action to take. Do you launch the 15 kiloton nuclear torpedo onboard – possibly starting a Nuclear Holocaust? Or do you surface and face what seems to be certain death?

With time running out and the walls seemingly closing in – both of the other Naval Officers agree that’s time to take offensive action. The Captain says to launch the nuclear weapon – but you say “No”.

This adrenaline inducing scenario is precisely how a real life situation took place in 1962. Now this almost 60 year old story of how just one man’s resolve and cool temperament prevented a worldwide Nuclear Holocaust can finally be told.

Click On “Start Slideshow” To Find Out How One Man Saved The World …

Wikimedia.org

Wikimedia.org

The Soviet Union released the class of submarine known as “Foxtrot.” It is also known as Project 641.

deviantart.net

deviantart.net

While the movement of weapons began almost immediately following WWII, Foxtrot class submarines took to water in 1958.

xtns.org

xtns.org

Communist nations became allies of the Soviet Union, including Cuba, a nation just 90 miles south of Key West.

businessinsider.com

businessinsider.com

A nuclear weapons launch from Russia to the United States would take too long and could be destroyed before making land fall. With American warheads pointing at Russia from European allies, Russia needed to move weapons closer to the United States.

history.com

history.com

Russia deployed multiple Foxtrot submarines to Cuba, in order to provide nuclear weapons for launch sites within the Caribbean nation.

Wikimedia.org

Wikimedia.org

On October 1, 1962, Russia deployed several Foxtrot class submarines from a tucked away base on the Kola Peninsula. This peninsula is directly to the east of Norway and Finland.

Wikimedia.org

Wikimedia.org

Four submarines we launched for the Caribbean Sea. The Foxtrot class submarines in the flotilla included the B-36, B-4, B-130, and the flagship vessel, the B-59.

Wikimedia.org

Wikimedia.org

26 days after the initial launch, the USS Randolph, an America aircraft carrier, detected the four submarines.

Wikimedia.org

Wikimedia.org

The United States had been tracking Soviet subs beginning in September, 1962.

staticflickr.com

staticflickr.com

To track the underwater submarines, the U.S. Navy used listening ports that could detect electronically compressed radio transmissions.

pinterest.com

pinterest.com

Whenever a Soviet Union command went out to a submarine or the submarine sent out a transmission back, it knew about it.

town-ural.com

town-ural.com

While the U.S. Navy could not decipher the transmissions, it could pinpoint the location of the submarines. This is how the navy located the four Soviet subs.

town-ural.com

town-ural.com

In order to force the four submarines to surface, accompanying naval vessels began dropping training depth charges.

wordpress.com

wordpress.com

The U.S. Navy dropped depth charges on the Soviet subs, despite being in international waters.

wordpress.com

wordpress.com

The navy dropped these charges as it believed the subs were delivering nuclear weapons to Cuba and wanted to prevent this.

Wikimedia.org

Wikimedia.org

A depth charge is a submersible explosive in the shape of a large barrel. Depth charges are set to go off at set depths, in order to prevent a submarine from diving under the explosive range.

Wikimedia.org

Wikimedia.org

Depth charges release a pressurized explosion. It is this pressure that rips through a submarine.

Wikimedia.org

Wikimedia.org

Training depth charges, while still containing explosive material, are not designed to destroy, but at worst maim.

msarchive.gwu

msarchive.gwu

The United States Navy stating it sent out messages to the Soviet submarines and the Soviet Naval HQ stating it was dropping training depth charges. The Soviet Union claimed it never received such messages.

subsim.com

subsim.com

Crew aboard all four submarines believed real depth charges were being dropped on them at first.

navy.gov

navy.gov

The training depth charges release a loud “explosive sound.”

nsarchive.gwu

nsarchive.gwu

The United States did send out the message as it sent word to other nations in addition to the Soviet Union.

deviantart.net

deviantart.net

It is possible Soviet Naval HQ did receive messages regarding the training charges. However, the submarine flotilla was at such a depth it was impossible to receive transmissions.

imgur.com

imgur.com

Captain Valentin Grigorievitch Savitsky of the B-59 believed the war could be underway with the release of the depth charges.

imgur.com

imgur.com

Because of this, Captain Savitsky wanted to release its payload of nuclear-tipped torpedoes at the US fleet.

imgur.com

imgur.com

The B-59 also carried political office Ivan Semonovich and flotilla commander Vasili Arkhipov.

bahaiteachings.org

bahaiteachings.org

Arkhipov has previously been appointed the deputy commander of a hotel class ballistic missile submarine known as the K-19.

sdreader.com

sdreader.com

The K-19 submarine uses a nuclear reactor.

perch-base.org

perch-base.org

During an exercise near the coast of Greenland, the reactor developed a leak. Arkhipov and the rest of his crew had to work in a highly radiated environment to stop the leak.

blogspot.com

blogspot.com

Every member of the engineering crew died a month later from the radiation.

saveotic.com

saveotic.com

15 additional sailors died from radiation exposure within the following two years.

wordpress.com

wordpress.com

The K-19 incident took place just more than one year before the Foxtrot B-59 set a course for Cuba.

imgur.com

imgur.com

The three men were given specific instructions that they could only launch nuclear weapons if all three agreed.

blogspot.com

blogspot.com

As the B-59 was the lead submarine in the flotilla, the three companion subs waited for the B-59 to commence firing before releasing nuclear weapons stored within the subs.

defencetalk.com

defencetalk.com

As the three men discussed firing the weapons, the other three subs surfaced.

imgur.com

imgur.com

Both the political officer and captain wanted to launch the nuclear weapons.

imgur.com

imgur.com

Arkhipov, the flotilla commander, believed they would have heard from Moscow if the war had started.

imgur.com

imgur.com

Arkhipov did not want to be the culprit that started the war, if fighting had not actually commenced.

Wikimedia.org

Wikimedia.org

Arkhipov, despite protests from the other two men, refused to allow the launch of any nuclear weapons.

imgur.com

imgur.com

Submarines are naturally built to float.

imgur.com

imgur.com

While capable of remaining under water for days, a submarine relies heavily on its batteries to push underwater and maintain the submerged depth.

imgur.com

imgur.com

While surfaced, a Foxtrot submarine can travel at 9.2 miles per hour. Submerged the speed drops to 2.3 miles per hour.

imgur.com

imgur.com

The only way for a submarine to charge its batteries is to surface.

imgur.com

imgur.com

After days underwater and heated discussion, the B-59 was out of time. It had to either launch its nuclear payload or surface.

imgur.com

imgur.com

The Foxtrot class of submarines carried 22 torpedoes, which includes a single nuclear torpedo.

imgur.com

imgur.com

Arkhipov won out and the B-59 surfaced without firing off a single weapon.

imgur.com

imgur.com

A major reason why Arkhipov won out in his argument with the other two men is that the two officers, and the rest of the crew, highly respected Arkhipov and what he managed with the K-19.

Wikimedia.org

Wikimedia.org

The United States did not target the B-59 or any of the other three submarines.

deviantart.net

deviantart.net

The United States did not target the B-59 or any of the other three submarines.

history.com

history.com

After surfacing, the B-59 switched to its three diesel engines while its three electric motors charged.

jellyfields.com

jellyfields.com

The four submarines set course for the Soviet Union.

imgur.com

imgur.com

The underwater missile crisis became another chapter in the larger Cuban Missile Crisis.

imgur.com

imgur.com

The Foxtrot class submarines were designed to handle the cold, arctic waters around Russia. The submarines were not constructed to handle the warm, tropical waters of the Caribbean.

imgur.com

imgur.com

Equipment breakdowns hampered that of the B-59.

imgur.com

imgur.com

Due to the inability to handle the warmer, saltier water, temperatures within the sub reached critical levels.

imgur.com

imgur.com

Filtration systems within the sub were struggled to rid the water of the larger amount of salt.

imgur.com

imgur.com

Lack of fresh water led to massive health problems from the men on board.

blogspot.com

blogspot.com

Nearly all of the men experienced a 30 to 40 percent weight loss during their time on the submarine.

Wikimedia.org

Wikimedia.org

Arkhipov stayed with the Soviet Navy after returning following the Cuban Missile Crisis with the B-59. He went on to become submarine squadron commander and eventually the rear admiral in 1975.

bnd.com

bnd.com

He finished his carrier as vice admiral in 1981, which is the equivalent rank of a three-star, lieutenant general (out of five).