• Short Summary

    OVER THIRTY-THOUSAND TROOPS INCLUDING AMERICAN INFANTRY BATTLE GROUPS OPERATING IN HELICOPTERS - HAVE BEEN TAKING PART IN EXERCISE "SPEARPOINT", THE AUTUMN MANOEUVRES OF THE BRITISH ARMY OF THE RHINE WHICH BEGAN ON OCT 8 WITH THE PRELIMINARY DEPLOYMENT OF THE TWO OPPOSING FORCES: "REDLAND", AN AGGRESSIVE POWER WITH ITS FORCES CONCENTRATED IN THE HAMBURG AREA, WHICH PLANNED TO EXPAND ITS TERRITORY AT THE EXPENSE OF ITS TRADITIONAL ENEMY, END 'BLUELAND', WHOSE FORCES ARE CONCENTRATE MAINLY IN THE RUHR.

  • Description

    OVER THIRTY-THOUSAND TROOPS INCLUDING AMERICAN INFANTRY BATTLE GROUPS OPERATING IN HELICOPTERS - HAVE BEEN TAKING PART IN EXERCISE "SPEARPOINT", THE AUTUMN MANOEUVRES OF THE BRITISH ARMY OF THE RHINE WHICH BEGAN ON OCT 8 WITH THE PRELIMINARY DEPLOYMENT OF THE TWO OPPOSING FORCES: "REDLAND", AN AGGRESSIVE POWER WITH ITS FORCES CONCENTRATED IN THE HAMBURG AREA, WHICH PLANNED TO EXPAND ITS TERRITORY AT THE EXPENSE OF ITS TRADITIONAL ENEMY, END 'BLUELAND', WHOSE FORCES ARE CONCENTRATE MAINLY IN THE RUHR.

    BATTLES LIKE THIS - FILMED OCT 10 - WERE SIMILAR TO MANY TO TAKE PLACE ON THE FIVE-DAY EXERCISE. IN ALL CASES THE BLUELAND DEFENCE WAS ABLE TO CONTAIN THE ATTACK WITHOUT CALLING FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS- THIS WAS SAID TO REFLECT THE DEVELOPING STRATEGY OF NATO.

    THE AMERICAN CONTINGENT ATTACHED TO THE REDLAND FORCE, MADE EFFECTIVE LOW LEVEL HELICOPTER-BORNE ATTACKS ON THE DEFENCE OF THE OTHER IMAGINARY COUNTRY. THESE AIRCRAFT LANDED NEAR BRIDGES AND UNLOADED ASSAULT INFANTRY, CARS EQUIPPED WITH MACHINE GUNS, GUIDED MISSILES, AND BAZOOKA ANTI-TANK ROCKETS.

    WITH BRITISH, AMERICAN, WEST GERMAN AND BELGIAN TROOPS PARTICIPATING, IT IS THE LARGEST FULL-SCALE RHINE ARMY EXERCISE SINCE 1954 AND COVERS 45,000 QUARE MILES. IT IS SAID TO BE THE LOGICAL END OF A HARD TRAINING CYCLE AND OF A SERIES OF SIGNALS AND STAFF EXERCISES. ONE REPORT SAID THAT THE MOST STRIKING SINGLE IMPRESSIONS OF EXERCISE SPEARPOINT WAS THE MOST EFFECTIVE USE MADE OF DISPERSION AND CAMOUFLAGE IN RHINE ARMY TACTICS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1TCIR57CRYLJH7B9CGGLROT20
    Media URN:
    VLVA1TCIR57CRYLJH7B9CGGLROT20
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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