Even A Paranoid Can Have Enemies D+24 (2 August, 1987) 0500-1030 Zulu

0500 Zulu- In Moscow the first indications of a Kremlin power struggle start to take shape. Marshal Akhromeyev informs KGB Chairman Viktor Chebrikov of the battlefield nuclear attacks in East Germany. Chebrikov advises the senior Soviet military officer to inform the general secretary of this event, and more significant, not to accept any orders by …

D+23 (1 August, 1987) 1215-1500 Zulu

Moscow, USSR 1215 Zulu (1615 Local) The mid-afternoon session of the Politburo concluded earlier than anticipated. The mood had soured very early on and before anyone could think of containment it was too late. Vladimir Dolgikh was the figure that the opposition rallied around, somewhat to Romanov’s surprise. He’d expected another twenty-four hours to pass …

The North Atlantic D+22 (31 July 1987) Part II (Bravo)

Radar-guided and heat-seeking missiles joined the fray next as the four Forrestal Tomcats engaged. With each second that passed, the air battle became even more chaotic. The Soviet raid commander was now fully cognizant his aircraft—and crews—were suffering heavy losses. Once the US Navy fighters moved in to make use of their Sidewinders. In the …

The North Atlantic D+22 (31 July 1987) Part II (Alpha)

0201- The first Tu-16 Badger started rolling down Severomorsk-3’s 2500-meter runway. The twenty-seven bombers and three ECM-equipped Badgers of the regiment were airborne and heading towards a pre-designated rendezvous point over the Barents Sea, 321 kilometers from the northern coast of the Kola Peninsula. 0220- As the Badgers flew north, operations for the morning’s offensive …

The North Atlantic D+13 (22 July, 1987) Part III

The Badger regiments flew north from their airbases, crossing over the northern Soviet coastline and cruising towards the first navigational waypoint. Eighty miles behind them came the Backfires. Receivers were open on the bombers, the crews anxiously awaiting targeting information from the Bears. The data on the location of the enemy carrier forces they had …

The North Atlantic D+13 (22 July, 1987) Part I

In June, 1987 the Soviet doctrine for direct attacks against a US Navy carrier taskforce called for the commitment of 2-3 bomber regiments per carrier. This translated to roughly one hundred Badgers and Backfires with two-thirds of them armed with anti-ship missiles. The remainder would primarily carry decoys, chaff, and jammers. For a multi-carrier enemy …