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During the early 80s the leadership of the USSR became convinced that the west was planning to make a pre-emptive strike, due to their own paranoia and twisted interpretations of WWII. Intelligence agencies were required to list actions which fell in line with the expected attack. When a certain number had been observed, the USSR would counterstrike. KGB officers in the west saw no such actions, but occaisionally were compelled to report them as their superiors woul dnot believe otherwise. The greatest threat came in late 1983, where the USSR reached a high state of alert before calming down.
To be honest though I believe such dreams reflect the general fear during this period of a nuclear holocaust. Many people worried over this. I did at the time despite being a child.