Air War on the Central Front D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part III

In the last moments of twilight, 2nd ATAF’s ground attack fighters made the last sorties against the Leine bridges, and targets of opportunity in the vicinity. Post-attack reconnaissance missions brought back photographs that revealed another temporary bridge destroyed, and heavy damage to the tank regiment then in the process of crossing the river. For the …

Air War on the Central Front D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part II

Night approached and the Soviet hold on the west bank of the river was strengthening, but not fast enough to suit Soviet commanders. With NATO forces having been pushed off the nearby ridges, the pressure on the Leine crossing points decreased somewhat. The short respite was welcomed and taken advantage of by the Soviets to …

The Central Front D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part III

It wasn’t until the late afternoon that 2nd Squadron/3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment was ejected off the first ridge overlooking the Leine and Alfeld. Their resistance had been strong, and resilient. It took far longer than anticipated to remove them, and the effort nearly bled 56th Guards Motor Rifle Division white in the process. Shortly afterwards, …