Airbase Angst: D-1 (8 July, 1987) **

Airbase commanders on both sides of the Iron Curtain breathed a collective sigh of relief as the sun rose in the eastern sky on the morning of 8 July, 1987. In NATO and Warsaw Pact air forces alike, the lessons of the Six Day War were well known. The preemptive airstrikes Israel launched against Egyptian …

Pershing II and GLCM Dispesral: D-1 (8 July, 1987) **

Shortly after 0100 local time on 8 July, 1987, SACEUR issued what was perhaps his most critical pre-war order. As the armies massing across Europe captured the attention of the world, a debate was raging behind the scenes in Brussels and select Western capitals. The question of whether or not to disperse NATO’s force of …

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 …

Strategic Considerations: SACLANT, D-2 (7 July, 1987) **

Inside of the operations center at his headquarters in Norfolk, SACLANT studied the large, computerized map display of the North Atlantic and Norwegian Sea intently. Blue NTDS symbols indicated the current positions of NATO surface ships, submarines, and air units. Red symbols showed the known or suspected positions of their Soviet counterparts. It was the …

American Awakening D-2 (7 July, 1987) Part 2 **

President Reagan addressed the nation from the Oval Office again at 3PM Eastern Time. This was the speech which will forever be attached to the man’s legacy. Quotes from it have appeared practically everywhere in one form or another in the post-war years from memorial statues, to countless textbooks. The address has been immortalized, and …

American Awakening D-2 (7 July, 1987) Part 1 **

In late July of 1914 when the governments of Europe’s major powers made their respective mobilization announcements,  public reactions in each nation was strikingly similar. An atmosphere of celebration descended upon the national capitals. Jubilant crowds streamed into public squares, waving flags and banners. Emotional embraces and bottles of wine and were shared between strangers …

The View From The Flanks: AFSOUTH, D-2 (7 July, 1987) **

Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe (CINC-SOUTH) Admiral James Busey USN, spent an inordinate amount of time on 6 July on the telephone with Norfolk attempting to pry an aircraft carrier away from SACLANT for the Mediterranean. The US Sixth Fleet only had one carrier in the Mediterranean at present with the Saratoga. Constellation was supposed to …