The North Atlantic D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part III

It had taken longer than expected but on D+11 SACLANT secured HMS Illustrious and her escorts for operations in the Norwegian Sea and Barents. After the loss of Invincible, the British government became extremely reluctant to risk another Royal Navy aircraft carrier. Morale in Great Britain had taken a hit when news of Vince’s sinking …

The North Atlantic D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part II

By early afternoon Soviet ASW forces were vigorously sanitizing the approaches to the Kola ports, and coastal waters.  Il-38 Mays dropped sonobuoy lines, and were augmented by Helix and Hormone helicopters operating from airfields ashore. The number of diesel subs operating inshore. Some Foxtrots and Tangos were recalled from patrol sectors in the White Sea …

The Northern Flank D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part I

Immediately following the Defense Council meeting that morning in Moscow, KGB Chairman Viktor Chebrikov handed Marshal Akhromeyev a list of NWTVD senior officers and their staffs. Notes were scribbled aside each name denoting certain officer’s reliability or lack thereof. In essence, the list told Akhromeyev who the chekists were in the Northwestern Theater of Military …

The Politics of Global War: The Restive Kremlin D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part III

Present conditions in the Northwestern TVD (NWTVD) were far from ideal. Every man seated at the conference table was aware of troubles and issues in the north but not the extent of them. This included General Secretary Romanov. Marshal Akhromeyev understood this was his time to speak the unfettered truth. Failure to do so would …

The Politics of Global War: The Restive Kremlin D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part II

Marshal Akhromeyev started with Germany. He did not exaggerate or diverge from the truth, yet presented only as many details as were necessary to support the briefing. The Red Army was advancing-slower than expected but still moving west. The reasons for the slow progress were summarized swiftly with Akhromeyev careful not to dwell, or allow …

The Politics of Global War: The Restive Kremlin D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part I

General Secretary Grigory Romanov summoned the core Defense Council members of the Politburo to the Kremlin at 1 AM. In addition, the Chief of the General Staff Marshal Akhromeyev, and KGB Chairman Viktor Chebrikov were also ordered to attend. Largely surprised, bewildered, and even slightly alarmed by the instruction, the men raced to the Kremlin …