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    INTRODUCTION United States Army units based in West Germany have been holding special tank exercises to combat tactics they believe could be used against them in the event of hostilities between Western forces and Warsaw Pact countries.

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    INTRODUCTION United States Army units based in West Germany have been holding special tank exercises to combat tactics they believe could be used against them in the event of hostilities between Western forces and Warsaw Pact countries.

    SYNOPSIS: Before the exercise, the troops were made familiar with the type of armoured equipment they might have to face, like the Soviet-made T-62 tank and the B.T.A. Amphibious Armoured Personnel Carrier. The troops taking part were from the Eighth United States Division, based at Bad Kreuznach.

    Training to combat possible enemy tactics is of course important to any defence force, but in this case even more essential in the event of hostilities, Western forces would find themselves outnumbered by two and a half times the number of troops and armour. The exercises were held at the Hohenfels manoeuvre area in Bavaria which is said to approximate about 85 percent of the terrain to be found in West Germany. The armoured vehicles were divided into "friendly" and "aggressor" units.

    The "aggressor" unit was attempting to traverse open ground with "friendly" forces in a commanding position on high ground.

    Hopefully, the "aggressor" force is outmanoeuvred and quits the field, under the "friendly" force's advance.

    There is also another factor influencing planning and tactics - the proximity and mobility of Warsaw Pact forces. The Soviet Union alone has shown it can airlift vast numbers of men and equipment into a possible battle area in a very short time.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4UGSW2LDUVZNP514REXAI56OX
    Media URN:
    VLVA4UGSW2LDUVZNP514REXAI56OX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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