Firestorm Red Thunder

World War III did not start with one particular act, but rather a steady series that lead to the greatest conflict since World War II. Over the coming weeks will will explore the headlines that brought the world back to the Battlefield.

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 Firestorm Red Thunder

Persian Gulf War Heats Up
Associated Press news story
16 July 1985:

Escalation of the Persian Gulf War continued today when Iranian aircraft attacked two oil tankers just outside the territorial waters of Bahrain. A ship of Dutch registry was reported sunk early this morning shortly after leaving port.

At this time there is no report of survivors. The second ship, registered in Panama, was inbound to Bahrain when it was attacked by two Iranian war planes. Casualties are reported to be high.

Iran Continues Attacks in Gulf
Television news story
22 July:

Despite condemnation by the UN, Western European nations, Japan, and the U.S., Iran has pledged to continue attacks on any vessel that enters the Persian Gulf, now declared a war zone by that country. Outside the Straits of Hormuz, entrance to the Persian Gulf, the number of tankers sitting at anchor, waiting for a break in the deadlock, continues to grow.

16 July 1985 - Team Yankee

The ships’ owners and their captains feel that this deadlock will not last long. As one ship’s captain stated, ‘They have tried this before and always backed off. They need us too much to keep this up for long.’

26 July 1985 - Team Yankee

Iron Lady Stands Strong
The Daily Telegraph
Friday 26 July:

“We did not fight two World Wars to defend Europe from dictatorship and oppression just to hand it over to the next tyrant bent on world dominance!” The British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, lived up to her nickname as ‘The Iron Lady’ today.

Echoing Winston Churchill, the British leader during World War Two, she delivered a strong speech in parliament condemning the Soviet Union’s demands and vowing that Britain would resist aggression in Europe “with every last breath”.

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