• Short Summary

    EXERCISE 'STORM KING' -- THREE WEEKS OF SOME OF THE TOUGHEST MANOEUVRES EVER HELD IN BRITAIN -- BEGAN TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ON SALISBURY PLAIN IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND.

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    EXERCISE 'STORM KING' -- THREE WEEKS OF SOME OF THE TOUGHEST MANOEUVRES EVER HELD IN BRITAIN -- BEGAN TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ON SALISBURY PLAIN IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND. TAKING PART IN THIS COMBINED OPERATION ARE 5,000 BATTLE-READY TROOPS FROM THE 19TH INFANTRY BRIGADE GROUP, SPEARHEAD OF BRITAIN'S STRATEGIC RESERVE FORCE, ARMOURED FORMATIONS INCLUDING 90 CENTURION TANKS, AND FIGHTER BOMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES AIRFORCE.

    THE EXERCISE HAS BEEN PLANNED TO TEST THE READINESS OF THE FORCE -- AND ITS SUPPORTING UNITS-- IN ALL PHASES OF NON-NUCLEAR WAR, INCLUDING AIR-SUPPORTED AND AIR-PORTABLE OPERATIONS.

    EXERCISE 'STORM KING' HAS BEEN PLANNED IN THREE PHASES. THE FIRST PHASE, WHICH STARTED TODAY ON SALISBURY PLAIN, OPENS WITH LARGE SCALE MOCK BATTLES IN WHICH ALL THE VARIOUS ARMS -- INFANTRY, ARTILLERY, ARMOUR AND TACTICAL AIR STRIKE UNITS -- WILL TAKE PART. LATER OPERATIONS WILL BE TRANSFERRED AT SHORT NOTICE BY AIR AND ROAD TO HER PARTS OF BRITAIN. THE ENTIRE EXERCISE FINISHES OCTOBER 3RD AT A TRAINING GROUND NEAR NORFOLK IN EASTERN ENGLAND.

    FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE EXERCISE IT HAS BEEN SUPPOSED THAT ENEMY FORCES HAVE LANDED IN BRITAIN AND GAINED A FOOTHOLD, DURING A TIME OF POLITICAL AND MILITARY UNREST. IT'S THE JOB OF THE STRATEGIC RESERVE TO ENGAGE AND DEFEAT THE INVADERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2QT3T0SR4PVOWHPLDPEQVN98B
    Media URN:
    VLVA2QT3T0SR4PVOWHPLDPEQVN98B
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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