Less-Than-Effective NATO Weapon Systems Of World War III Part I

Weapon systems are similar to athletes, musicians and other types of celebrities in that sometimes the hype does not measure up to real world performance. If you’re an NFL fan, think of first round draft busts like Ryan Leaf and Tony Mandarich. After being drafted these two players were touted as the next greatest things …

The Central Front D+16 (25 July, 1987) Part IV Alpha

The Belgians continued holding through the mid-afternoon but at a growing cost in men, armored vehicles and ammunition. The 16th Armored Division’s two forward brigades had given up ground reluctantly, a kilometer or two at a time. The third brigade of the division was the 10th Armored Infantry Brigade. It was acting the division’s reserve …

3rd Armored Division To The Border: D-2 (7 July, 1987) **

On the night of 7 July, and continuing into the next day,  two mass migrations were underway in the Federal Republic of Germany. The first one consisted of thousands of West German civilians living in close proximity to the Inner-German border. What started as a steady stream of families moving west towards perceived safety in …