The Politics of Global War: Poland Teeters D+14 Part IV

The Western TVD commander-in-chief Marshal Nikolai Ogarkov was not surprised by the morning’s events. CINC-West had suspected Poland was inching closer to rebellion, or at the very least a hostile neutrality. Neither situation was likely to create an environment which would bode well for Ogarkov and his command, With the uncertainty looming on the horizon …

The Politics of Global War: Poland Teeters D+14 Part I

D+14 0000-0900 The meeting between the Soviet ambassador and Poland’s head of state concluded three minutes after midnight. As soon as the pompous Soviet diplomat was gone, Wojciech Jaruzelski summoned his aides and the senior members of his government. Telephone calls were made, and orders given. The Soviet ambassador had made a fatal mistake in …

The Politics of Global War: The Restive Kremlin D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part II

Marshal Akhromeyev started with Germany. He did not exaggerate or diverge from the truth, yet presented only as many details as were necessary to support the briefing. The Red Army was advancing-slower than expected but still moving west. The reasons for the slow progress were summarized swiftly with Akhromeyev careful not to dwell, or allow …