The Western Pacific D+17 (26 July, 1987)

Western Pacific D+17 0117- The first US attacks against targets in the Pyongyang area are launched. Against a pitch black, star-filled sky two explosions shatter the morning calm. Smoke and fire pour from the twisted wreckage of the Ministry of Defense building and Mansudae Hall, seat of the Supreme People's Assembly. The two F-117 stealth …

The Western Pacific D+16 (25 July, 1987)

Western Pacific D+16 0020- Four F-117A stealth fighters arrive at Misawa Airbase in northern Japan. The aircraft are placed in two heavily guarded hangars as the pilots go into their post-flight debriefings. 0400- Like clockwork, the pre-dawn convoy of trucks containing ammunition, fuel and other war material arrives at the Soviet-North Korean frontier. The Russian …

The Western Pacific D+15 (24 July, 1987) Part I

After five days of high-intensity combat on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, North Korea’s armed forces were in need of large-scale replenishment. Much like the NATO and Warsaw Pact armies in Europe had learned, stocks of ammunition, fuel, and replacement equipment are consumed at rates far higher than pre-war studies estimated. And like …

The Western Pacific D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part II

Sino-Soviet tensions did not materialize out of nowhere on 9 July, 1987. The World’s two dominant Communist powers had a long history of mutual distrust, and bitterness between them. China’s suspicions of Moscow’s intentions were deep-rooted, going back to the 1950s when Soviet words and promises regarding the People’s Republic of China did not measure …