The Northern Flank D+17 (26 July, 1987) Part I

AFNORTH’s preparations to commence offensive operations in the north were well underway on the morning of D+17. Additional US Marines, as well as their British counterparts were being airlifted to Banak, reinforcing the troops already on the ground there. The Norwegian air station, which had been under Soviet control until recently, would be established as …

Baltic Approaches D+17 (26 July, 1987) Part I

The Soviets controlled Gdansk. The shipyard was secure, as were other key areas of the port city. The outskirts though, remained unsettled. Pockets of Solidarity members and rebellious Polish military and police, who’d been ejected from the city, fight on into the morning. As the day carries on, the plight of the city becomes a …

The Northern Flank D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part I

Immediately following the Defense Council meeting that morning in Moscow, KGB Chairman Viktor Chebrikov handed Marshal Akhromeyev a list of NWTVD senior officers and their staffs. Notes were scribbled aside each name denoting certain officer’s reliability or lack thereof. In essence, the list told Akhromeyev who the chekists were in the Northwestern Theater of Military …

Baltic Approaches D+10 (19 July, 1987) Part I

Sweden had anticipated a swift Soviet response to Prime Minister Carlsson’s speech. Military and civil defense preparations were made in the hours leading up to the speech. Some were discreet. Other measures, which could not be easily concealed, yet were necessary to the nation’s security, still moved ahead and were implemented. The reality of the …

The Northern Flank D+10 (19 July, 1987) Part II

Sweden’s entry in the war brought operational consequences, as well as potential benefits and advantages for NATO and Soviet forces operating on the Northern Flank. These directly affected the air forces operating in the north on D+10 and beyond. The Swedish emergence from neutrality opened up the airspace of northern Sweden to all combatants. Soviet …