The Central Front D+2 (11 July, 1987) Part IV

CENTAG’s commander General Glenn Otis, US Army, found himself far more optimistic than his Soviet counterparts on the morning of D+2. The major attacks that were launched against his front on D+1 had all been defeated or contained. The US V and VII Corps stood practically in the same places they had twenty-four hours ago. …

The Central Front D+2 (11 July, 1987) Part III

The situation in and around Brauschweig continued to ebb and flow from the late afternoon into the evening hours of D+2. The 1st Panzer Brigade fell back into the city itself with the 55th and 56th Guards Tank Regiments struggling to maintain contact. As the 1st Pz Brigade’s fighting withdrawal reached the more built up …

The Central Front: D+0 (9 July, 1987) 1200-2359 Part II**

CENTAG was an army group blessed with some inherent advantages. It's formations were made up of some of NATO’s best trained, and equipped divisions. The divisions making up the US V and VII Corps, as well as the West German II and III Corps, contained well-trained, and motivated officers, NCOs and soldiers. Their equipment was …

The Central Front Chessboard: D-1 (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 …

3rd Armored Division To The Border: D-2 (7 July, 1987) **

On the night of 7 July, and continuing into the next day,  two mass migrations were underway in the Federal Republic of Germany. The first one consisted of thousands of West German civilians living in close proximity to the Inner-German border. What started as a steady stream of families moving west towards perceived safety in …