The Central Front: D+0 (9 July, 1987) 0800-1200**

Except for a small number of generals in Brussels and at Ramstein AB, as well as  a slightly larger cadre of pilots and squadron intelligence officers at RAF Alconbury,  no one in Western Europe had any idea about how effective the early morning F-117 strikes had been. Remarkable post-strike videos from the targeting pods on …

The Central Front: D+0 (9 July, 1987) 0545-0800**

The first wave of Soviet and Warsaw Pact aircraft launched against targets in West Germany, and the Low Countries was mainly consisted of anti-radiation missile-armed MiG-27 Floggers, and Su-17 Fitters weighed down with gravity bombs. Overhead, a regiment of MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters flew cover on the strike force. Fifty miles east of the border, offensive …

The Central Front: D+0 (9 July, 1987) 0130-0400 Part III**

0300– The first non-stealth NATO aircraft into East Germany that morning were USAF F-111F Aardvarks, and a mixed force of RAF and Luftwaffe Tornadoes. As the last GBU-27 impacted on the 20th Guards Army’s bunker complex at Mohlau, the fighter-bomber broke formation and scattered, heading for their assigned targets at altitudes of less than 100 feet. …

The Central Front: D+0 (9 July, 1987) 0130-0400 Part II**

The post-Vietnam years were a period of reassessment, and regeneration for the US Air Force. The service’s Vietnam experience was, and still is, comprehensively regarded as an example of how an air war should not be run. Restrictive rules of engagement, micromanagement, and a cumbersome,  ineffective process of changing tactics and strategy once it became …

The Central Front: D+0 (9 July, 1987) 0130-0400 Part I**

News of the raid at Geilenkirchen reached NATO headquarters in Brussels within minutes. SACEUR wasted no time in getting the word out. In less than a minute flash messages were being transmitted to every NATO installation, and combatant command across Europe warning them to be prepared for the sudden appearance of Spetsnaz commandos or saboteurs …

The Northern Flank: D+0 (9 July, 1987) 0100-0400 Part II**

Norway Continued... The first naval engagement of the Third World War came off of the North Cape shortly after 0200. A trio of Norwegian Storm-class fast attack boats were patrolling the approaches to inland waterways when they stumbled across three radar contacts moving southwest at moderate speed north of Svaerholt. The contacts would turn out …