The Polish amphibious vessels, and their surviving escorts entered Gdansk Bay shortly after twelve noon. Within ninety minutes the ships were tying up to the docks and not long afterward men and equipment began to disembark. The ships were met by a cadre of senior military officers who briefed them on the situation in Poland. The naval infantrymen were ordered to establish a perimeter around the city by late afternoon and dig in. They would become the defenders of Gdansk.
At Skrydstrup Air Base, the 108th Guards Airborne Regiment was holding its own perimeter with little trouble. The NATO forces opposing them mainly consisted of Danish Home Guard units made up of mainly overweight, out-of-practice reservists. At least that was the Soviet perception of them. Firefights broke out more often as the Danes reconnoitered the perimeter, and every so often the two sides would trade mortar and artillery fire briefly. NATO has not made a serious effort yet to retake the base but the commander of the 108th Guards knows it is just a matter of time before it happens. He estimated that his force could hold out against serious enemy pressure for thirty-six hours. His greatest concern was ammunition, specifically the number of hand-held SAMs, and anti-aircraft shells remaining. NATO ground attack aircraft and attack helicopters had made their presence felt on the previous day. Soviet airborne troops had fired off a large number of SAMs and AA rounds. When the enemy moved to retake the base A-10s and Cobras would again be in action.
The colonel in charge of the regiment expected reinforcements to arrive before that time came. He didn’t know how long it was going to be until the tanks and BMPs from the Northern Group of Forces arrived. Before taking off Poland his unit was ordered to hold for 24 hours. That deadline had passed and there was no word coming from above about when relief could be expected.
The remnants of the Soviet amphibious group anchored off of Bornholm receive new orders from the Baltic Fleet headquarters. The ships are to depart at 2300 and sail east towards the Polish ports on the Baltic and make preparations for a possible opposed landing at Gdynia or Gdansk the next day.
In western Jutland the ceasefire between Polish forces and NATO was holding firm. A buffer zone of six kilometers between forward Polish and Danish units was in place and being respected by both sides. The Polish divisions were immobile, and it was not clear to NATO whether or not they were in communication with the government in Warsaw. There was much activity taking place in the Polish formations though. Pro-Soviet officers and NCOs were being rounded up and placed in protective custody where they would not have the opportunity to cause harm. Polish headquarters moved their locations regularly to prevent the Soviets from being able to pin them down. The Poles were under no illusions about their erstwhile Soviet allies. Eventually, the Northern Group of Forces would attack. To help and minimize the prospects of Soviet air attacks, the senior Pole commander was requesting NATO air cover over his forces as soon as possible.
Northern Group of Forces was already targeting the Poles with strong and heavy jamming of their communications lines, and other electronics. The objective was to isolate the renegade Polish divisions electronically as much as possible, though it wasn’t clear how effective the Soviet efforts were. NGF’s commanding general Colonel General Ivan Korbutov had also ordered a regiment from the 20th Tank Division to position itself between the Polish formations in Western Jutland and the 6th Guards Motor Rifle Division which had been advancing up the eastern half of the peninsula. Later in the day Korbutov was informed by Western TVD that he could expect the arrival of an East German motor rifle regiment later in the evening.
The afternoon went on and preparations for the airmobile attack against the Polish headquarters continued. But then at 1645 another staff officer arrived at NGF’s forward headquarters with revised orders for Korbutov. The airmobile attack was being cancelled, as per Marshal Ogarkov’s order. Instead, NGF’s combat divisions and support elements were to start planning and preparations for an advance against the Polish divisions in Jutland. East German forces would be taking over the advance to relief the paratroopers at Skrydstrup.
The operation against the Poles would commence at 0200 hours on D+15.