With D+24 set to launch later this weekend, I felt this would be a good time to catch up on a few blog-related odds and ends. Sometimes I don’t keep up with the flow of this blog as well as I’d like to. As a result, the pile of loose ends and subjects I haven’t had the time to talk about yet continues to grow on my desk. I will take a little time to whittle it down and hopefully pass along some useful tidbits of information to the readership.
When the guns fall silent, and the war concludes it will not mean the end of this blog. I’ve talked now and then about some topics the blog will continue to cover, yet I haven’t taken the time to discuss the direction the WWIII 1987 entries will go in. Postwar, there will be a lot left to go through. Below are a few of the topics I intend to explore and tackle after the day-to-day narrative of World War III in 1987 draws to a close.
Unit Histories- The number of NATO and Warsaw Pact combat units involved in World War III is extensive. Unfortunately, the involvement of many combat divisions, fighter wings and warships has been either just briefly examined or entirely overlooked. In the future I intend to rectify this error and look at individual units from both alliances and the roles they placed through the summer of 1987.
Battle Analysis- Similar to above. Many clashes on land, sea and air were not been discussed in great detail earlier. They will have their day soon though.
Casualties and Equipment Losses– In modeling out a world war, combat casualties and equipment losses were monitored through the course of the war. This is a topic that certainly deserves to be placed under the microscope and examined closely.
Events Leading to World War III– Also a subject very worthy of close examination. Wars do not break out spontaneously….well, at least not world wars. 😊 There is always a trail of events and decisions going back decades in some cases that are contributing factors. World War III is no exception.
WWIII Bibliography- This will include all of the material I’ve consulted in preparing WWIII 1987. Books, videos, movies, wargames, interviews and discussions I’ve had with people, etc. It will probably encompass a few long entries when the time comes. I know many of you have asked about it in the past, and I can say with confidence there will be a WWIII bibliography posted here by the end of 2022.
Modeling the Third World War– I’ve talked a lot about the role wargames played in modeling out this conflict. It is worth mentioning that wargaming was only one aspect utilized in creating multiple theater models. This is where my good friend Mister Cray came in handy, as well as the assistance of some colleagues and even former professors. The saga of modeling the conflict is certainly worth a series of blog entries. Everyone will enjoy it, especially those of you that already know who Mister Cray is. 😊