Denmark’s Home Guard Prepares D-4 (5 July, 1987) **

Gert Madsen, like dozens of other Danish Home Guard officers, received the telephone call he had been dreading, though subconsciously expecting to come at any moment, as he was preparing to leave his office in Holstebro on 5 July, 1987. The thirty-five year old Home Guard captain was a barrister in civilian life. He was …

SACLANT’s Concerns D-4, D-3 (5-6 July, 1987) **

Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT) Admiral Lee Baggett Jr, USN was NATO’s senior naval officer. His area of responsibility was vast, stretching from the North Pole to the Tropic of Cancer, and from the eastern seaboard of the US and Canada across the Atlantic to Portugal. In wartime, the primary task of Baggett's command was …

The View From The Flanks: AFNORTH, D-4 (5 July, 1987) **

  The Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe (CINC-NORTH) in July, 1987 was British General Sir Geoffrey Howlett. He'd been monitoring the deterioration of the international situation with great trepidation. Like every other general officer in Europe and North America at the time, his focus was on his command, the role it would play in a conflict, …

Awakening In Brussels **

In the days following Mikhail Gorbachev’s ouster, NATO’s civilian leadership, and military commanders collectively began to consider what the ramifications of the coup for their alliance, its member-nations, and for the military men, their respective commands. Romanov was a dyed-in-the-wool hardliner. It was generally assumed he would  turn his attention to the smoldering situation in …

Opening Moves **

Hostilities between NATO and the Warsaw Pact began at 0103 hours Central European Summer Time (Zulu +2) on 9 July, 1987. For a war that would spread around the world in a matter of days and involve millions, the opening clashes between the combatants were largely limited affairs. The first shots rang out in West …

July 2, 1987- CBS News Special Report **

White House sources have confirmed to CBS News that there has been a clash between US and Soviet warships in the Mediterranean. Less than an hour ago, a Soviet cruiser rammed the frigate USS Klakring east of Malta. The Soviet ship had been shadowing the Saratoga carrier battle group for the last two days. After the ramming, Klakring was fired upon …