|OK, I tend to re-read Red Storm Rising every so often because it simply is a fun book. Not brilliant or anything but fun.
It generally portrays the slugfest between NATO and WP armies as a fairly close thing, with WP numbers making up the difference against NATO technology and allowing for the WP forces to advance.
However, as we saw in Gulf War I, there really didn't seem to be any comparison between Soviet hardware and NATO tech. M!s and Challengers cut through T-72s like a hot knife through butter, and Iraqi air defenses, which were state of the art Soviet systems, were systematically dismantled without any real issue.
I have to wonder, if Clancy were writing Red Storm Rising with the data from the Gulf War, how much different a book would it have been?