This chilling map shows how Northern Ireland was marked for nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War. We have highlighted the Russian battle plan as the lines are drawn for a ‘second Cold War’ between the West and Iran, after a secret weapons plant was uncovered in the rogue state last week.
These targets were pinpointed in the province in 1980 in case the Kremlin decided to conquer the UK, according to the book ‘Do You Want to Die for Nato?’ by Irish journalist Patrick Comerford.
If they had launched hideous atomic weapons at just one of their targets, the fall-out would have laid waste to the province.
We reveal the Soviet battle plan today as Barack Obama battles to rid the world of devastating nukes.
Comerford said that at the same time the Soviets drew their map, British defence experts held secret maps in Belfast during the 1980s showing the spots they thought were likely to be hit by doomsday attacks.
Belfast was first on the Soviet hitlist — with the city and international airports
marked for attack.
Ballykelly army barracks and the former US naval facilities at Lishally, both around Co Londonderry, were also marked down.
And an airfield at St Angelo near Enniskillen, regularly used by the US airforce in World War Two, was marked for destruction by Russians.
To top it off, the Sperrin mountains that span Derry and Tyrone were primed for atomic holocaust because they were home to US Navy transmitters.
In British intelligence maps, Comerford says RAF facilities in Bishopscourt, Downpatrick, were open to attack, along with army transmission hotspots in Antrim and Derry.
A sea strike at Inishtrahull off the Donegal coast was also predicted, as was the bombing of military headquarters in Lisburn.
And, with its military communications facilities, Omagh was regarded as a top target for the Reds in the event of nuclear war.
Comerford revealed the Soviets were most likely to have used the one-megaton SS-4 missile or an SS-11 intercontinental ballistic torpedo.
Both warheads have a terrifying nuclear payload 50 times worse than the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945.
Comerford said: “The strategic position of Ireland, the facilities offered by ports and airports, and the fuel stocks make it highly likely that Ireland will be a target.”
He said the Republic was just as much at risk as Northern Ireland.
Comerford wrote his anti-war book in 1984, but his warnings are now more relevant than ever.
Last week, Barack Obama and other world leaders joined forces in the fight to stop Iran producing nuclear weapons.
The rogue state, headed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has long been named the world’s next nuclear threat, but things have now come to a head after spooks discovered a secret weapons plant hidden deep in a mountain.