Air War on the Central Front D+4 (13 July, 1987) Part III

While the defensive counterair effort in 2nd ATAF skies was rather porous, in the 4th ATAF region, DCA was formed an impenetrable wall. The Warsaw Pact air interdiction strikes launched against targets deep in the CENTAG rear areas were attritted heavily by NATO interceptors, and SAMs. Closer to the forward edge of the battle area, …

Air War on the Central Front D+4 (13 July, 1987) Part II

  Lieutenant General Goryaniov’s hunger for retribution was not satisfied by the morning airstrikes on RAF Tornado bases in 2nd ATAF’s area. The commander of the 16th Air Army wanted to strike a blow which would severely degrade NATO’s ability to defend the airspace above the battle front, or at the very least force the …

The Central Front D+4 (13 July, 1987) Part III

Warsaw Pact activity in NORTHAG’s southern area in the first half of the day was centered around a series of aggressive medium-sized probes and supporting attacks along the length of the Belgian, British, and West German lines.  3rd Shock Army had discovered, to its surprise, that NATO forces had fully withdrawn from Braunschweig during the …