Popping up in the inbox were the Christmas offerings from the National Archive. One is a book by Jonathan Walker titled "Operation Unthinkable" about the possibility of an attack against the Soviet Union in 1945, after VE Day in May. It raises the issue of whether the atom bomb might have been used.
The blurb on the book is worth seeing for the summary. As it will not copy this is the link description of subject that hopefully is readable. It is that Churchill was considering if joint US, British and Polish forces might attempt to push the Soviet Army out of the Eastern European countries it then controlled.
The book is said to have made use of the relevant sources. It might be that the plans were just an idea, one of several theories about how the post war world might be. Just how much it might have been feasible is another matter.
Britain had enough trouble with some left wing Trade Unions during the course of the war against Germany and Japan. Had an attack been made on the Soviets there might have been a good deal of industrial strife at home.
Also, it may be that Churchill did not realise how tired and broken down much of the UK had become. Neither the economy nor many of the population were in a state to continue war at that level. Industry, railways, docks and other infra-structure had been pushed to and almost past their limits.
In any case it was almost academic. It is very doubtful if Roosevelt and the American's would have agreed. The President, a deal maker, thought he could do a deal with Stalin. Also, the USA had its own interests in the Pacific to attend to post war.
So the Soviet's held on to their prizes, the USA became dominant in the Pacific and Churchill lost the July 1945 election because the British wanted peace and a new era in social provision.
The picture from July 1945 shows the HQ Squadron of the 7th Armoured Division (Desert Rats) taking the salute on the Berlin Victory Parade from Churchill and Montgomery
It is still frightening to think what might have happened.