The Central Front Chessboard: 8 July, 1987*

General Galvin had decided to remain at NATO headquarters in Brussels for the time being instead of moving to his wartime headquarters. It was SACEUR’s prerogative where he chose to direct the defense of Western Europe. For the moment, Galvin preferred his office and the command room in Brussels to a command post nestled deep …

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Awakening In Brussels *

In the days following Mikhail Gorbachev’s ouster, NATO commanders collectively began to consider the ramifications of the coup for the alliance, as well as for their respective commands. Romanov was a hardliner and it was assumed he would eventually turn his attention to the smoldering situation in the Eastern European satellites. It was not widely …