The Central Front D+12 (21 July, 1987) Part V

1645 Three of 2nd Brigade/2nd Armored Division’s maneuver battalions move out from west of Salzhemmendorf. The fourth remains behind to act as the brigade reserve. To the north, the bulk of the British 4th Armoured Brigade emerges from Osterwald and moves in the direction of Oldendorf and Highway 1. The mission of the two NATO …

The Central Front D+12 (21 July, 1987) Part IV

1330 The situation updates soared up the Soviet’s theater command and control network. At Group Soviet Forces Germany’s (GFSG) wartime command bunker in East Germany, General Snetkov reviewed the update and grew concerned. The Hameln attack’s timeline is precise. Delays and deviations now will only cause bigger problems. The general wants to push 3rd Shock …

Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+12 (21 July, 1987) Part I

Iraq became an official combatant in the Third World War at 0145 hours Arabia Standard Time when the first Iraqi munitions were fired in anger against targets in Kuwait. After nearly two weeks of speculation, and preparing, the wait was over. Republican Guard troops seized Kuwaiti outposts along the border, and established lanes through the …

Air War on the Central Front D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part III

In the last moments of twilight, 2nd ATAF’s ground attack fighters made the last sorties against the Leine bridges, and targets of opportunity in the vicinity. Post-attack reconnaissance missions brought back photographs that revealed another temporary bridge destroyed, and heavy damage to the tank regiment then in the process of crossing the river. For the …