Baltic Approaches D+22 (31 July, 1987) Part II

1400– The Danish attack commences. 1st and 2nd Brigades of the Jutland Division advance southeast from Bredebro. This division is in far better material shape than its West German counterpart to the east. The Danish sector of the front had been considerably quieter following the rebellion in Polish ranks. The division’s commander took advantage of the opportunity to infuse his division with Home Guard units to round out brigades and replace combat casualties and equipment losses. The Soviet division opposing the Danes is the 6th Guards Motor Rifle Division, a formation that looks to be the worse for wear. Ammunition and fuel levels are low in nearly every unit. Losses have culled out battalions to the point where the numbers of troops and vehicles fielded are more in line with a company-sized unit. The appearance is deceiving though. 6th Guards, for all of its impediments, is a division manned by soldiers and officers who survived everything the Danes, Germans, British and Americans threw their way for three weeks.

1445– The West German 6th Panzergrenadier Division resumes its advance south.

1700– Soviet resistance stiffens across southern Jutland as the late afternoon turns to early evening and NATO forces push nearer to Schleswig-Holstein.

1920– Following an afternoon of heavy fighting, 2nd Brigade of the Jutland Division breaks through the lines of 82nd Guards Motor Rifle Regiment north of Tonder, a town situated only 3 kilometers from the Denmark-West German border. With dusk approaching, 6th Guards receives orders from Northern Group of Forces to make every effort to keep the Danes pinned north of the border until midnight without committing its reserve regiment to the defense.

2100– Similar orders arrive at 20th Tank Division later in the evening. The division commander is told to keep his reserve regiment uncommitted while keeping the West Germans on Danish territory until midnight at the earliest. Requests for additional air defense and SAM units to be moved forward are denied. Those units would remain in their current locations defending headquarters, and curiously enough, artillery emplacements in the rear area.

2240– A contingent of KGB and GRU officers arrives at Juterbog Airbase in East Germany. These men, and the heavily armed soldiers in accompaniment are taken to the hardened ‘special ordnance’ ammunition bunker in a secure area of the base. Technicians were already there waiting. Once the officers arrived, work began.

20 Replies to “Baltic Approaches D+22 (31 July, 1987) Part II”

  1. … Bad enough that Madrid is incinerated, but if they destroy Tivoli, they will burn in hell, for ever …

    That put aside it will turn the political score from bad to worse for the Pact. And the retailation might trigger a scenario like the one in Hackett‘s book. …

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  2. Shit.

    I lost my bet that there’d be widespread surrenders by end of day, too.

    Also, it’s been a while since I broke out this chestnut…

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  3. jeez… but not unexpected for them, is it? This will backfire… horribly. There is no such think as a tactical nuke as those weapons are not meant for small actions.

    Same with Chemicals. But desperate men do desperate things…

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    1. Nailed it. Desperate men…..
      When things look that dark and you have ‘special weapons’ at your disposal, anything is possible


  4. Anticipating “special” weapons use doesn’t feel good. It leaves me with a sick feeling in my stomach even in this fictional setting. I cannot imagine the thoughts going through the minds of the KGB and GRU technicians as they work to prepare them and mount them in shells or on missiles.

    Going on a bit of a tangent to real life, it concerns me how cavalier some have become when discussing the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine. There is nothing normal about the use of WMD and the more we “normalize” it in public discussion, the easier it becomes to become jaded towards their use.

    Mike, I appreciate this story. However, I guess this post is a little too real for me at this juncture. That being said, I look forward to what comes next.

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    1. Thanks, Ed. I get what you’re saying too. In light of some of the comments made by various officials this week, the nuclear genie seems to be getting closer to the top of the bottle. Very scary


      1. I reread my comments to you. I didn’t mean to be a “Debbie Downer” on this work. I enjoy reading this very much and have been a fan of alternative history/cold war books and the like for years. My fear of special weapons started when I was in high school. My Mom worked as a civilian at Redstone in Huntsville.

        She (and I) were assigned a spot in a shelter at Redstone. Her job was to be a radiological monitor with a Geiger counter. and scan people as they came in the shelter. I remember her telling me two things: 1. She wasn’t sure she could turn someone away and 2 she didn’t believe that a bus would drive 20 miles to my high school to pick me up if things went bad.

        By the time I hit college (1974-79), I knew more about nuclear weapons that virtually all of my classmates. They thought I was crazy to fear nuclear war. Anyway, a real life cold war story for you!


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        1. No worries, Ed. Gosh, if you went through that experience during the Cold War, I get exactly where you’re coming from. Your story about the shelter….wow. Chilling. I can’t imagine anything like that. I came of age just as the Cold War ended, more or less


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