The Central Front D+16 (25 July, 1987) Part VII

In southern Germany, Warsaw Pact ground operations continued to lose steam on D+16. While fresh NATO divisions continued arrive and join the battle, Pact forces were nowhere near as fortunate. Soviet and Czech reserve combat formations were almost entirely committed. To expound matters even more, fuel and ammunition was not making its way forward as …

The Central Front D+16 (25 July, 1987) Part VI Alpha

In the CENTAG area the attacks that commenced the previous day in the V Corps sector had made good progress. CENTAG’s commander General Glenn Otis, US Army, was encouraged by the progress of the current operations. The two V Corps divisions were pressing their attacks west in the direction of Bad Hersfeld and Fulda. Beyond …

Cracks Widen: East Germany D+16 (25 July, 1987) Part II

The motivations behind the bold action Heinz Kessler took early on D+16 stemmed largely from personal rivalry and a desire for personal political gain. To say the Ministries of Defense and State Security were rivals would be a gross understatement. The relationship between the two had been irrevocably severed for years, fueled by professional, as …