Baltic Approaches D+20 (29 July, 1987)

0035– Officers from the East German 28th Motor Rifle Regiment meet with a contingent of Danish officers at Viemose. The meeting lasts just twenty minutes and revolves around the terms and conditions necessary to bring about a formal surrender of the East German regiment. A second meeting is agreed upon and scheduled for later in the morning. Until then, a temporary ceasefire goes into effect.

0700– Late the previous evening, COMLANDJUT had ordered his main ground component commanders to meet with him at Karup at 0700. Once all the men are present, COMLANDJUT informs them Brussels has ordered LANDJUT and its parent command AFNORTH to begin preparations for an offensive aimed at clearing Jutland and Schleswig-Holstein of Warsaw Pact forces. The purpose of this 60-minute gathering is to brainstorm and discuss what form an offensive could take.

0800– The commander of the Soviet 108th Guards Airborne Regiment sits down with a contingent of senior NATO officers. Terms and conditions for the surrender of the Soviet paratroopers are negotiated thoroughly and with haste. At 0845 the regiment commander returns to Skrydstrup Airbase and informs his command the surrender of the 108th Guards Airborne Regiment will take effect at 1200 hours.

1055–  The second round of talks between East German and NATO officers begins. These negotiations are handicapped by the indifference of the East German government to the plight of its soldiers trapped on Mon. The East German regiment commander has been reluctant to surrender his unit until hearing from Berlin first. The absence of news or guidance from the politicians spoke volumes, however and convinced the colonel to begin the process of standing his troops down and surrendering. The war was over for them.

1130– The Danish government inquires NATO about its timetable regarding the recapture of Bornholm.

1200– The Soviet 108th Guards Airborne Regiment surrenders. The majority of the unit’s men and officers begin the march into captivity. However, a small number of troops are holding out and it takes the Danish Home Guard units the rest of the afternoon and early evening to clear out the base facilities of remaining Soviet paratroopers and hidden traps they’d planted.

1600– SACEUR receives an update on preparations from AFNORTH and tells his northern commander in Kolsas to revise his timetable. Offensive operations could start in the next 24-36 hours. AFNORTH inquires about the possibility of including Swedish units in his plans and SACEUR tells him not to for the time being.

1640– Western TVD informs Northern Group of Forces that a theater-wide NATO offensive is expected to commence at some point in the next seventy-two hours.

2100– After discussions with his operations staff, COMLANDJUT requests that the two brigades of the US 10th Mountain Division now in central Norway be chopped to his command for use in the upcoming offensive. AFNORTH is undecided on the matte and promises a decision will be made by the next morning.

14 Replies to “Baltic Approaches D+20 (29 July, 1987)”

  1. aaaallllll those surrendering troops.

    News of that getting out will be huge. And a giant black eye for Moscow. Especially when its said that they were left to hang.

    True or not, perception is a thing. the Osties were left to hang… the Soviet Paras… were collateral damage. Some collateral damage though.

    So my D17/18 estimate was missed. 😛 Ah well.. stupid nukes.

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  2. The VDV surrendering is going to be a real domestic black eye in the USSR if word gets out. VDV were extensively screened for political reliability and had a high public standing in the Soviet Union…

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  3. I’m a little surprised the KGB detachment with the 108th didn’t take the head of the commanding general. The loss of elite airborne troops is a literal and figurative black eye as noted by John. My assumption, purely from reading WW 3 fiction, is the KGB detachments had varying loyalties to the commanders on the ground. Another question, what aircraft is pictured and what role is it configured for?

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    1. Well, figure the regiment has been under siege for a little while. During that time there’ll be a lot of casualties. Some from questionable circumstances. Either the KGB detachment met an early demise or they were persuaded to keep their mouths shut.


    2. Ed it’s a Danish airforce Saab 35XD Draken trainer. It has the mid 80s WDNS (Weapon Delivery and Navigation System) upgrade which added laser ranging and targeting equipment, hence the funny nose. Looks like the one in the pic just has centreline drop tanks and no weapons.

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      1. Ed, sorry for not answering your question about the Draken, I forgot. SeeBee is on target. By 87, Denmark had a limited number of Drakens flying with 2 squadrons.


    1. Political and operational issues. Political because introducing Swedish troops on the continent will ruffle some feathers in Denmark and some other NATO countries. For various reasons.
      Operational because too much time will be needed to get the Swedish tanks and heavy equipment to Denmark.


  4. Looks like the fighting i Denmark is coming to an end:)

    I did some wargame simulation during my Christmas vacation. Using the Battlegroup NORTHAG system, I to played a hypothetical skirmish between an Home Guard platoon and a force from the 28th MRR at Møn. As describe on

    I did a big AAR on it on the NORTHAG FB Group:

    “Skrimish at Keldby”

    Off course the Home Guard lost – but they did slow down the 28th quite a lot:)

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    1. Christian, I was just released from FB jail this morning and am seeing the AAR. What a great simulation you put together! The Home Guard did their job and delayed the East Germans and caused them some heavy losses.
      Nice work! 🙂


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