On The Edge Of The Precipice D+24 (2 August, 1987) 1100-1530 Zulu

1100 Zulu- In Western Poland Marshal Snetkov learns of multiple Soviet divisions in West Germany surrendering to NATO forces. Unfortunately for CINC-West, communication disruptions make it almost impossible to verify the authenticity of the reports. 1115 Zulu- Similar claims of Soviet surrenders are making their way to SACEUR in Belgium. Only his reports come from …

D+23 (1 August, 1987) 0005-0030 Zulu

Moscow, USSR 1 August, 1987 0005 Zulu (0405 Local) Viktor Chebrikov was not a man familiar with indecision. The sixty-four-year-old KGB Chairman’s career had been constructed on a foundation of swift, decisive action in times of high pressure. Now, when the fate of the State hung in the balance, Chebrikov waivered over a decision so …

The Politics of Global War: The Eve of Disintegration Part I

When the day dawned, the future of the Warsaw Pact was very much in question. The root causes of the unrest spreading across many Eastern European satellites were centered on Moscow’s control of these nation’s political organs and influence over their societies. The majority of East Germans, Czechoslovakians and Poles had been dissatisfied for decades …