In response to the Nunn Amendment provisions of Public Law 93-365, a 3,800-man brigade of the 2nd Armoured Division from Fort Hood, Texas, began deploying to Europe in March of this year.
C-141 landing and taxi.
B/G Price shakes hands with arriving troops.
Machine gun firing.
155 howitzer firing.
Operator receives information from forward observer.
Plotting of grid coordinates.
Operator talks to gunner.
155 howitzer fired.
APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) advancing.
Dragon missile launcher is assembled and tracks.
Infantry and Sheridan tanks assault a hill.
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Background: In response to the Nunn Amendment provisions of Public Law 93-365, a 3,800-man brigade of the 2nd Armoured Division from Fort Hood, Texas, began deploying to Europe in March of this year. Concurrently, manning levels in certain U. S. Army, Europe (USAREUR) combat units will be increased, and a simultaneous reduction in support forces will be made. By June this year, combat forces were increased in Europe by 6,000 while decreasing support forces by the same amount.
Major elements of the 2nd Armoured Division Brigade are: A brigade headquarters; support battalion; two mechanized infantry battalions; and a field artillery battalion. The brigade headquarters and support battalion, totalling approximately 660 troops, was the first to arrive in Europe on a permanent basis. The remainder of the brigadier units to exceed six months each. The brigade deployment was completed by June 1975. TDY units then rotated between their bases in the U.S and Europe in a sequence that continually maintained a brigade in Europe under command of the brigade headquarters permanently stationed here.
Initially, the brigade was stationed at three of the Army's major European training areas (Grarenwohr, Hohenfels, and Wildflecken) until a final decision was made on a permanent stationing plan.