Labor Day Interlude

This blog was planned to be free write of sorts. Fortunately, it has evolved into so much more. I have always wanted to do a project revolving around a hypothetical NATO-Warsaw Pact war in the mid to late 1980s. There have been many false starts, however this time the project has gotten off the pad and is progressing nicely.

I’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to read this blog. It’s gratifying to know that more and more people are reading Third World War: 1987 and appear to be enjoying it. I would also like to give a sincere thanks to the folks who listed my blog on their websites. I am quite grateful and have not forgotten. Once the revisions to my blog are completed, I will include a comprehensive list of links and return the favor.

With this being Labor Day weekend, I’m going to spend it with my loved ones and shy away from the writing for a few days. So there will be no new postings until Tuesday afternoon. I’ll pick up from there move forward. With luck, the revisions to the blog’s layout will be finished by Tuesday. I had hoped to have them wrapped up a few weeks ago, however, I really haven’t found the theme or combination of edits on WordPress that I have been looking for. Therefore, it’s time to break out the credit card and pay for a more high end theme, provided it has what I am looking for. If not, I’m sure I’ll muddle through somehow. 😊

So, here is hoping that you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Enjoy the last weekend of summer and the company of good friends and family. Hopefully the weather will work out in everyone’s favor. On Tuesday we’ll dive back into World War III. 😊

PS- If anyone would like to chat about any aspect of the blog, feel free to get in touch with me.




Opening Moves


Hostilities between NATO and the Warsaw Pact began at 0103 hours Zulu on 9 July, 1987. For a war that would spread across the globe in a matter of days, the opening clashes between combatants were quite small. The first shots were exchanged outside of the NATO airbase at Gielenkirchen by KGB-trained saboteurs attempting to gain entry to the base and NATO security forces. The effort was unsuccessful and all seven saboteurs were killed. After the war, it would be learned that this particular attack went off twenty-seven minutes ahead of schedule. The initial wave of Soviet Spetznaz, desant, and saboteur attacks behind the lines was not supposed to commence until 0130 Zulu.

As it was, however, the early attack gave NATO valuable time to get the warning out and bring security to a higher state of alert before the initial wave of attacks began a short time later. Some sites which may not have been ready were. The extent of the attacks and the results will be explored and discussed at a later time. Suffice to say, the opening hours of hostilities were defined by explosions, helicopter landings, and small unit actions across West Germany, Denmark, the Low Countries, and even the United Kingdom and Norway to an extent. Before the first Soviet tanks crossed the border, the war was more or less already in full swing.

At sea, the first contact between NATO and Warsaw Pact forces took place in the Barents Sea at 0219 hours local time. Soviet and Norwegian fast attack craft clashed in the North Cape area. The first casualties of the war at sea were the Norwegian Storm-class patrol boat Brask and a Soviet Nanuchka class patrol boat. Fighting in the North Cape continued through the early morning hours as a running battle between units of the Royal Norwegian Navy and Soviet Red Banner Northern Fleet materialized.

In the North Atlantic, the Soviets drew first blood, sinking a pair of merchant ships northwest of the Azores. The Foxtrot class diesel submarine that launched the attack escaped the area only to be discovered and sunk by US Navy P-3 Orions operating from Lajes Airfield later on the first day.

The Mediterranean and Black Sea remained quiet until around dawn when fast attack craft of the Soviet navy made contact with elements of the Greek and Turkish navies in the Black Sea. Not long afterward, Soviet and Syrian naval forces struck Turkish and other NATO warships operating in the Eastern Med. The rest of the region remained precariously quiet in those first two hours.

The storm would soon break across Europe and the Med.