D+18 1608-1620 Zulu 27 July, 1987

Washington DC 1608 Zulu (1208 Local Time) Things were moving faster now. The first flight of helicopters were approaching the Pentagon, White House, and Capitol Hill. The Central Locator Service was activated and the locations of every person in the presidential line of succession were being confirmed and passed along to HMX-1.  At each of …

D+18 1600-1607 Zulu 27 July, 1987

Washington DC, 1600 Zulu (1200 Local Time) Upon receipt of a hotline message at the National Military Command Center, the contents are translated into English. Both copies are then transmitted to the White House Situation Room for distribution. This was the standard protocol followed in normal circumstances. In the case of this particular message, its …

D+18 0801-1200 Zulu, 27 July, 1987 Part I

Moscow, USSR  0830 Zulu 1130 Local The first Politburo meeting of the day concluded at 10 AM. Afterwards, the Defense Council reconvened immediately. Before this morning, the overall mood of the Politburo hinted at growing apprehension over the state of the war. The briefing given by CINC-West at the morning session confirmed that operations on …