WWIII Christmas Gift Ideas- Advance To Contact:1980, Alex Aaronson and James Rosone

Here we are in early November already. Thanksgiving is just over two weeks away and once that holiday is wrapped up it’ll be a straight shot to Christmas. Which means this is a good time to begin thinking about Christmas gifts for friends and family. And since this blog remains centered on World War III, …

Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+24 (2 August, 1987)

As the conflict in Europe escalated with near reckless abandon throughout most of the day and raised the prospect of a global nuclear exchange, Iran and Iraq were moving to maintain low profiles for the time being. An unofficial ceasefire took effect over the battleline by the afternoon. Neither Tehran or Baghdad wanted to attract …

North Atlantic: Death Of The Backfires D+24 (2 August, 1987) Part V

The Backfire groups acknowledged the raid commander’s orders, coming around fully to the west and starting descents to the predetermined altitudes. One group would level off at fifteen thousand feet, another at six thousand and the third a scant five hundred feet above the sea surface. The plan was little revised from the earlier attacks, …

Gaming WWIII: Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf Theater Modeling Tools Part II

Mark Herman’s Gulf Strike is a classic. Not only did it present a contemporary (at the time) conflict in a theater outside Europe, it did so with a high degree of detail. In fact, given the geopolitical complexities in the Persian Gulf region in the 1980s, a number of conflagrations could be explored, from the …

Southern Flank D+24 (2 August, 1987) Part II

0500-1230 Zulu- As the tactical nuclear exchange in Europe and its aftermath gripped world attention through the rest of the morning and early afternoon and the fate of the entire world seemed to hang in the balance, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was motoring obliviously towards final dissolution.  Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina had already declared …