300th Post and A Sincere Thank You To Everyone

I realized this morning that this is my 300th post on the blog. Never thought this blog would run for nearly three years and 300 posts but I’m overjoyed it has. At the rate I’m going, expect it to be around for another 300 posts at least. 😊 Since 300 is a nice round number …

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

Soviet air operations in the north were affected by the shuffling of commanders taking place that morning. Planned air attacks against Swedish targets were scaled back significantly with some of the attack aircraft, and fighters re-tasked to support the 54th Motor Rifle Division in Finland. Preparation for a large raid against Bodo in the early …

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 …

The Western Pacific D+11 (20 July, 1987) Part II

Sino-Soviet tensions did not materialize out of nowhere on 9 July, 1987. The World’s two dominant Communist powers had a long history of mutual distrust, and bitterness between them. China’s suspicions of Moscow’s intentions were deep-rooted, going back to the 1950s when Soviet words and promises regarding the People’s Republic of China did not measure …