posted on Mar, 21 2005 @ 03:30 PM
Devilwasp my friend, it all depends on what you call a 'bombardment'.
I have never experienced a bombardment as suffered by those poor souls in the Falklands, in the first Gulf War and neither have I been bombed.
What I have experienced, was a very brief effort a long, long time ago in another little 'police' action that we Brits took part in.
We [Brits] were rocketed by an old BM-21 - albeit with one rocket. It was frightening because we had no knowledge that the 'baddies' had this type
of weapon. I guess you live and learn to duck and run like crazy for whatever cover your shellscrape can afford.
I suppose that Tom Clancy did his research well, but most of Keflavik is underground and Rekyavik would have been well protected. The Yanks have or
had a full Wing stationed on Iceland and certainly had back up on Greenland. I think there were also F1-11s knocking about a bit as well.
The thing that got me thinking was if the Bear was used as a conventional bomber - like the venerable B-52s, and the Badger and Bison were used in
their anti-radar role using stand-off missiles, then any NATO force on Iceland, would have been in it up to their necks. The nearest base of any size
is Lossiemouth or Kinloss and they are hours away. Even with in flight fuelling, Brit aircraft would have taken some time to get to Iceland.
I think Mr Clancy got it right! And that trek across the mountains by the weather officer is a classic! Spoilt it with the woman though - cause they
would have been invaded by Naval Spetsnaz and they [Russians] would not have behaved like that.