Baltic Approaches D+19 (28 July, 1987)

0500- With the shock and initial paralysis from the limited nuclear exchange on the previous day beginning to wear off, political leadership in the capital cities of allied nations were taking stock of the situation, which was evolving perilously. The Superpowers now occupied center stage with all but the most indispensable allies relegated to the …

D+18 1201-1600 Zulu 27 July, 1987 Part III

Aalborg Airbase, Denmark  1330 Zulu (1530 Local Time) Colonel Carsten climbed down from the cockpit of his F-16 Falcon slowly and unsteadily. The crew chief, waiting nearby, came over with a concerned look on his face. The pilot waved him off. “I’m alright, sergeant,” he said slowly. “You’re not injured are you, sir?” Carsten allowed …

Baltic Approaches D+15 (24 July, 1987) Part III

The journey of the surviving vessels of the Soviet amphibious group ended up taking nearly eighteen hours. Course revisions, increasing harassment by Swedish forces and the incomplete picture on the situation in Poland each contributed to the lengthier-than-expected transit. The original plan had been for the group to skirt the East German and Polish coastlines, …