It wasnt so much what Turkey, or Greece, could contribute to the Central Front. Its what they could stop happening to the Mediterranean. Turkey could block the Bospherous. Greece held a pretty advantagous piece of real estate that stopped Soviet Naval Aviation bombing in the med, and bear in mind there was always a carrier on hand in the med to carry out nuclear strikes on the USSR's southern areas. It was probably included as part of siop. In Polaris days, there was probably always a few Polaris boats on the prowl there.
Bear in mind also, up till about 1975, we still had Vulcan bombers based on Cyprus as part of CENTO. Not the most important problem facing the Soviets, but not insignificant either.
I wargamed this in CMANO, and it suddenly struck me how important Greece and Turkey were for keeping the Soviets bottled up. And consequently, how important it was for the Soviets to destroy them, if they wanted to push NATO forces away from the USSR that could seriously threaten them. A similar problem they had in the North cape really.
Edited by Stuart Galbraith, 27 February 2018 - 0652 AM.