Memories Of World War III: The Road To War Part III

Lieutenant Colonel Franklin Andrew Baker, USAF (Ret.)-  “When the coup went down in Moscow my squadron was out at Nellis and about to start the second half of a Red Flag rotation. The matter wasn’t talked about much since we had our hands full with the exercise. But in the last couple of days the …

Status of USAF Combat Wings & Squadrons in Europe D+13 (22 July, 1987)

Authors Note: I received at least six "WTF! You did the Army but not the Air Force orders of battle??" themed emails earlier this weekend. In the last one I was referred to as Benedict Arnold by a former squadron mate. So, since I had a bit of free time while recovering, I decided fair …

Baltic Approaches D+6 (15 July, 1987) Part II

Pre-war Soviet and Warsaw Pact plans for the Coastal Front anticipated that amphibious and airborne operations against Denmark would not begin until total air superiority had been obtained. The land advance up through Schleswig-Holstein and onto the Jutland peninsula was expected to reap the benefits of complete Pact control of the skies by the time …

Air War on the Central Front D+5 (14 July, 1987) Part I

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Holland’s war had yet to begin. He was one of eight Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve officers brought together as an ad-hoc advance party by Tactical Air Command forty-eight hours earlier. On D+3 Holland had been at McGuire Air Force Base working with his squadron to get ready for war …

Baltic Approaches: D+2 (11 July, 1987) Part II

LANDJUT’s next defensive line was established across the length of Schleswig-Holstein from Husum in the west to Brodersby on the Baltic. The Jutland Division anchored the western end of the line, and the West German 6th Panzergrenadier Division in the center. The eastern section was defended by West German Territorial units. Deployed north of the …