Whenever folks start to raise the possibility of combat in the Arctic, all I can think of is this cheesy 1982 television movie: World War III [See here for short NY review]. I mentioned it last night on twitter, and folks were surprised not to have seen it. Of course, they didn't, it was a one time mini-series. But it made an impression, burned into my head, so that many of the images in the trailer resonate today.
I forgot that Boomer of the original Battlestar Galatica was in it, but it looks like he gets killed early. [No, I am not posting Spoiler for something that is more than thirty years old]. But David Soul facing down the sympathetic Soviet officer while the apparatchik's back home refuse to back down in this game of chicken served cold? That I remember. I also remember the ending--WWIII. Ooops.
I had forgotten that there had been a break down in civil-military relations on the Soviet side, and I had also forgotten that random Colonel (in this case, Soul) got to speak on the phone with the President (Rock Hudson!). So much cheesy goodness in a 2 minute trailer. It is not worth the 200 minutes, however. I can assure you of that.
Anyhow, that is the flashback TV tale of the weekend.