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

Right before the morning briefing got underway, Southwestern TVD (SWTVD) commander General Ivan Gerasimov took a call from Marshal of the Soviet Union Sergei Akhromeyev, Chief of the General Staff in Moscow. Akhromeyev ordered him to be in Moscow by midnight and to bring with him the plans for the next phase of operations in …

The Western Pacific D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part III

Conditions along the Sino-Soviet frontier on D+11 were precarious to say the least. Soviet and Chinese forces stationed along the border maintained their vigilance, sharply aware of how close their respective nations stood to the brink of war. Cognizant of the incidents over the past two days, both sides avoided moving large numbers of troops, …

The Western Pacific D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part II

Sino-Soviet tensions did not materialize out of nowhere on 9 July, 1987. The World’s two dominant Communist powers had a long history of mutual distrust, and bitterness between them. China’s suspicions of Moscow’s intentions were deep-rooted, going back to the 1950s when Soviet words and promises regarding the People’s Republic of China did not measure …

Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part II

Meetings between Soviet diplomats and senior Iraqi government officials lasted through the morning. Around the noon hour military officials from both nations joined the discussions. Saddam Hussein was gradually coming around though it was unclear if this was the result of his own realizations, or from the evolving iron fist in a velvet glove approach …

Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part I

Author’s Note: Apologies for breaking this post up into parts. I’m out of town for a day or two and writing time is limited. I’ll wrap this up on Saturday evening. Again, I’m very sorry.   As dawn approached it was evident to all Soviet diplomats and military officers presently in Iraq that Saddam’s much …

A Second Glimpse at West Berlin D+10 (19 July, 1987) Part I

After eleven days of war, West Berlin remained physically unblighted by the colossal battles raging across the European continent. Remarkably enough, the fighting had yet to directly affect the western half of the divided city. Outside of a handful of rifle shots quite early on the first day of the war not a single piece …