Baltic Approaches D+15 (24 July, 1987) Part I


0015– The remaining vessels of the Soviet amphibious group depart Bornholm and sail east. Their destination has not yet been determined, though Baltic Fleet has advised the group commander to be prepared to make an opposed landing on the Polish coast along with other Baltic Fleet warships and embarked naval infantry later in the day.

0100– Swedish naval forces detect the movement of Soviet amphibious forces east, away from the Danish coast and towards the waters of the central Baltic Sea. The Swedes are aware of the situation in Poland and the enemy ships are likely heading there. However, Gotland, or the Swedish coast were also potential targets.  In Stockholm, the Swedish government and military debate the pros and cons of conducting a major attack on the Soviet ships later in the morning.

0325– Preparations for a two-division sized attack on the rebellious Polish forces in western Jutland continue. Northern Group of Forces has been directed to suspend its northern advance and hand off responsibility to East German forces when they arrive later in the morning. However, there have been no signs of GDR regiments or divisions moving towards Jutland, leaving NGF’s commanding general to wonder when, or even if, the East Germans will arrive.

0407– Orders are transmitted to all NATO air and sea forces in the Baltic to avoid engaging Polish aircraft, surface ships and submarines unless fired on first. Sweden sends out similar orders to its forces a little while later.

0445– On the Danish coast, the East German 28th Motor Rifle Regiment digs in on the southern tip of Zealand and prepares to defend the toehold on Denmark’s largest and most populous island. Assurances that reinforcements are to arrive later in the morning continue to arrive from higher headquarters but the 29th MRR’s commander is unconvinced.

0520– East German MiG-23s and NATO fighters clash in the skies over Zealand. The mission of the GDR MiGs is to open a hole in the air defenses of southern Denmark long enough for ground-attack aircraft to fly missions in support of the 28th MRR.

0655– LANDJUT’s commander and his battle staff studied the maps and intelligence reports carefully through the early morning hours. After much debate and hypothesizing the decision was made to move a brigade of the US 9th Infantry Division (Motorized) south to bolster the defenses keeping Soviet tank and motor-rifle troops from breaking through and linking up with the paratroopers at Skrydstrup Airbase.

9 Replies to “Baltic Approaches D+15 (24 July, 1987) Part I”

        1. I’m with you. Could’ve been a great addition to the RDF/CENTCOM in the early and mid-eighties. Those dune buggies of theirs eventually found work in Kuwait during Desert Storm. But with different operators. 🙂

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  1. Picture caption: “Comrades! Over there is a NATO patrol, no-one do anything stupid! I want to get my butt to the land of rock and roll and travel state to state with no papers!”

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  2. Hmmmmm….

    Amphib Operation is going to get shot in the ass if the Swedes commit to harrassment.

    The poles, as alluded to in the earlier blog entry, will have a large number of heroes as a result of that landing attempt…

    Over in Zeeland, the 28th Is going to get pounded as reinforcements are not making it….

    Why do I suspect the reinforcement Osties might be moving slower than planned for reasons not alluded to? (I just went and reread the previous Baltic entry)

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