After mulling it over for some time and playing with a few ideas, I’ve decided to just write up D+23 in a narrative form, similar to how D+18 was presented. The focus will be centered on events of the 24-hour period starting at 0000 Hours Zulu Time (Greenwich Meantime) 1 August, 1987 through to 2359 Hours, Zulu, on the same day. Point of view will change from location to location as the day progresses. The normal practice of presenting events of a certain day by theater will not work for D+23. It’s just a case of too many events crossing theater boundaries in such a short amount of time for individual theater presentation to work. So, instead of trying to reinvent the wheel or shoehorn a square peg into a round hole, I’ll go with what has worked in the past.
Since D+23 will focus on the events of that particular day, there will be limited space in the day’s entries to provide background information. I do not want to force any readers to go back and leaf through previous blog entries to figure out if they have missed any essential details. So, as an alternative, Part II of this primer will contain a summary of important lead-up material and events. My hope is this will make it easier for readers to enjoy D+23.
The first entry for D+23 will be a survey look at the dispositions of NATO and Warsaw Pact tactical nuclear forces on the Central Front and Northern Flank (US Navy and Soviet Long Range Aviation mostly). I’m hoping the nuclear survey only requires a single entry. However, there’s always the chance it will stretch into a second part.
Also, after today we’ll be going back to one new entry being posted every 48 hours. I will try to keep that pace consistent until D+23 is complete. That’s about it for now. Part II will be up Wednesday, followed by the survey and then the day’s action. I’m looking forward to it. 😊 –Mike