The View From The Flanks: AFNORTH, 5 July, 1987 *

  The Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe (CINC-NORTH) British General Sir Geoffrey Howlett had been monitoring the deterioration of the international situation with great trepidation. Like most general officers in Europe and North America in early July of 1987, his focus was on his command, the role it would play in a conflict, and, last but …

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REFORGER Activated 5 July, 1987 *

In the hours before President Reagan’s address to the nation at 8 PM Eastern Time on 5 July, 1987, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger was taking the preliminary steps necessary for moving the US military to a war footing. In the National Security Council  meeting late that afternoon, Reagan decided that with the current crisis …

Awakening In Brussels *

In the days immediately following Mikhail Gorbachev’s ouster, NATO commanders collectively began considering what the ramifications of the coup would be for the alliance, as well as for their respective commands. Romanov was a hardliner and it was suspected that he would eventually turn his attention to the smoldering situation in the Eastern European satellites. …

Opening Moves *

Hostilities between NATO and the Warsaw Pact began at 0103 hours Local Time (Zulu +1) on 9 July, 1987. For a war that would spread across the globe in a matter of days and involve millions, the opening clashes between combatants were modest The first shots were exchanged just outside of the NATO airbase at …

July 2, 1987- CBS News Special Report*

White House sources have confirmed to CBS News that there has been a clash between US and Soviet warships in the Mediterranean. Less than an hour ago, a Soviet cruiser rammed the frigate USS Klakring east of Malta. The Soviet ship had been shadowing the Saratoga carrier battlegroup for two days. After the ramming, Klakring was fired upon and sustained further …