The 20th NEW Harpoon scenario of the year! Who's Mining the Store (Baelt)
Act I: Onslaught
"In a carefully planned series of attacks, the Warsaw Pact begins a war against NATO. Their goal is to seize West Germany, gutting NATO militarily and economically. The Soviets will demand a high price for Germany's return, or assimilate its industry and technology for their own use."
"One of the strategic imperatives for the Danish and Federal German (West German) Navies in the opening days of a large-scale war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact is the mining of the narrow straits in Danish waters. A successful campaign of bottom mining would bottle up the Soviet Baltic Fleet and its Polish and German Democratic Republic (East German) allies.
The capacity of the NATO forces to lay minefields was staggering. In just one sortie of all capable vessels, the Danish and German forces could lay over 3,000 mines.
As open warfare erupts, NATO Naval Command issues the order to close the straits to Warsaw Pact shipping. The first lift of mines has gone off without a hitch; the ships returned and many loaded more mines, others converted back to their primary role as attack submarines and missile patrol boats. The second sortie, designed to thicken the initial minefields, has just left harbour."
This scenario was inspired by the situation described in the "High Tide" compilation from Clash of Arms.
Author: Herman Hum
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