The Central Front D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part IV

Author's Note: Apologies for the short post today. Since I'm considered an essential employee I had to dedicate the lion's share of the afternoon to work related issues. Next post will be up on Friday. I hope everyone's healthy and doing well during this time. --Mike    0000-0600 Control of the 1st Guards Tank Army …

The Central Front D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part III

It wasn’t until the late afternoon that 2nd Squadron/3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment was ejected off the first ridge overlooking the Leine and Alfeld. Their resistance had been strong, and resilient. It took far longer than anticipated to remove them, and the effort nearly bled 56th Guards Motor Rifle Division white in the process. Shortly afterwards, …

Baltic Approaches D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part III

NATO airpower was not only causing problems for the Polish divisions moving into and towards western Jutland. The Soviet divisions in the east were feeling the effects too. Danish, West German, and USAF ground attack jets were inflicting casualties, seeping the combat strength out of units, and slowing movement across southern Jutland around the clock. …

Baltic Approaches D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part I

Western TVD’s interdiction efforts against the supply pipeline being established between Sweden and Finland continued on D+11. The focal point of these attacks was near the Aland Islands at the mouth of the Gulf of Bothnia where the bulk of Swedish resupply vessels and aircraft would transit. The short distances between adversaries, and the constrictive …

The North Atlantic D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part II

By early afternoon Soviet ASW forces were vigorously sanitizing the approaches to the Kola ports, and coastal waters.  Il-38 Mays dropped sonobuoy lines, and were augmented by Helix and Hormone helicopters operating from airfields ashore. The number of diesel subs operating inshore. Some Foxtrots and Tangos were recalled from patrol sectors in the White Sea …