Let me tell you a joke. The teacher asked: When did the Second World War take place? Pat came the reply from the back bench; after the First World War.

Now there have been numerous predictions about the Third World War. I am not going in to the details of the psychics nor the dates and times of the trigger of the hat-trick of gigantic destruction.

But as things stand right now, i.e. the second week of October, the renounceable event is just round the corner as reported by several reputed international news sources.

Things As Happening In Real Time

Amid the rising tensions between Russia and America over the Russian support to the Assad regime in Syria, Russia on Wednesday carried out a series of Topol missile tests, launched from a submarine in the Barents Sea off the Russian coast what the Russian military attributed to a series of ballistic tests.

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Another Topol missile was fired from an island in Russia with its warhead hitting a simulated target, and a third missile, a nuclear-capable pellet, was shot from a Pacific Fleet submarine in the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan.

Interestingly, Russia has in recent months has conducted a series of drills and inspections of its armed forces, along with testing weapons off the coast.

Just last week, a nuclear preparation drill involving more than 40 million people was ordered, preparing Russia for a nuclear war.

The Might Of Topol Missile

The RS-12M Topol missile is the fastest in the world. It is a single-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile which debuted in 1985.

It has a maximum range of 10,000 km, or 6,125 miles and can carry a nuclear warhead with a yield of up to 550 kilotons.

Russia’s Official Stand   

Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement that the training warhead struck a simulated target on the firing range on the Kamchatka peninsula while the Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has accused the West (read America) of trying to portray his country’s military exercises as threats, claiming they are merely normal combat training manoeuvres.

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Shoigu said, “Scheduled activities of our operational and combat training are misrepresented as ‘alarming signals’.

“The ideas of a military threat, a new cold war or an arms race are being circulated. Of course, it is not true,” added Shoigu.

America Deploys Missile System

The possibilities of the Third World War are becoming more prominent with every passing day. The stark one in the series of preparations for the war by nations is the United States’ deployment of a new missile system.

Following the deployment of the new weapon systems, it has been observed that Russia and China are all set to square up against the United States if the Third World War indeed starts.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been accused of committing ‘war crimes’ in Syria by America, and a Chinese general made a speech in which he promised China and Russia would react to the US preparations has only added fuel to the fire.

The Tripartite Conflict

The United States has deployed missile defence systems across Europe, in what is seen as indicating a threat to both Russia and China.

As a result of America’s war preparedness to take on mighty powers at the international level, Putin has ordered all its officials to bring their family members back to the ‘Fatherland’ if they were staying in some other country, a local media reported.

Administration staff, diplomats, and public sector workers have been ordered to take their children out of foreign schools immediately.

Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky told the Daily Star, “This is all part of the package of measures to prepare elites to some ‘big war’.”

The warning has come following Putin’s cancellation of a trip to France. Russia and France have been in disagreement over the former’s involvement in the Syria conflict.

Meanwhile, Chinese Warfare Bureau Vice-Head, Major General Cai Jun identified the similarities of China with Russia while he addressed the Xiangshan Forum.

“The US did not provide legally binding guarantees that the missile defence system they are deploying in Europe would not be aimed against Russia. But at the same time it poses a real and direct threat to the Russian security,” he said as quoted by The Daily Star.

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“China and Russia have similar positions about strategic anti-ballistic missile systems and oppose attempts by any nation or group of nations to create such systems unilaterally at the expense of strategic international security,” he added, referring to the possible alliance in case World War 3 occurred.

Cold War Pitted The US And USSR Against Each Other

Nikita Khrushchev, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, while addressing the 1960 session of United Nations General Assembly, ‘promised’ to show the United States a ‘Kuzkina mat’, roughly translated to ‘We'll show you’.

October 30, 1961, Soviet Union tested Tsar Bomba, the RDS-220 hydrogen bomb, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. Its test remains the most powerful human-made explosion in history.

The Cold War officially ended on 25 December 1991 with the dissolution of the USSR.

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The Western Bloc Versus The Eastern Bloc

The Western Bloc referred to itself as the Free World, or the Western world. Western Europe is a controversial term used to refer to democratic countries in Europe during the Cold War, but the concept is sometimes still used for quick reference.

Eastern Bloc was the group of communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, generally the Soviet Union and the countries of the Warsaw Pact.

The Second Wold War - 1939 to 1945

The Second World War was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945 and fought between two opposing military alliances, the Allies and the Axis.

The most extensive war in history, it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. It resulted in an estimated 85 million deaths, making it the deadliest conflict in human history.

August 6 1945, the United States dropped Little Boy, a uranium gun-type atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing more than 140,000 people.

Three days later, on August 9, the United States dropped Fat Man, a plutonium implosion-type bomb on Nagasaki, killing almost 80,000 people.

Subsequent surrender of Japan marked the end of the World War II only to start another war, between two proclaimed super powers.

The First World War - 1914 to 1918

Also known as the Great War started in Europe and involved more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans.

Fought between two alliances, the Allies made up of the British Empire, France, and the Russian Empire and the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary.

These alliances were rearranged and expanded as more nations entered the war. United States joined the Allies, while the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria joined the Central Powers.

The trigger for the war was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914.