• Short Summary

    THE FOUR-NATION WARSAW PACT MANOEUVRES IN SOUTHERN CZECHOSLOVAKIA REACHED A CLIMAX TODAY (THURSDAY) WITH LARGE-SCALE CROSSING OF THE LOWER VLTVA RIVER BY TROOPS AND HEAVY WEAPONS.

  • Description


    JETS IN FLIGHT-ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS FIRING; MI-4 AND MI-6 TYPE SOVIET HELICOPTERS LANDING; CZECHOSLOVAKIAN TROOPS RUNNING FROM HELICOPTERS; GUIDED MISSILE TRANSPORTED MOVING THROUGH WOOD; MISSILE BEING ELEVATED FOR LAUNCHING.




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    Background: THE FOUR-NATION WARSAW PACT MANOEUVRES IN SOUTHERN CZECHOSLOVAKIA REACHED A CLIMAX TODAY (THURSDAY) WITH LARGE-SCALE CROSSING OF THE LOWER VLTVA RIVER BY TROOPS AND HEAVY WEAPONS. FILM JUST RECEIVED SHOWS SCENES FROM THE SECOND DAY OF THE MANOEUVRES.

    THE MANOEUVRES, IN WHICH SOVIET, CZECHOSLOVAKIAN, HUNGARIAN AND EAST GERMAN FORCES ARE TAKING PART, BEGAN ON MONDAY. THEY ARE DESCRIBED AS THE BIGGEST IN EUROPE SINCE THE SOUND WORLD WAR, AND ARE DESIGNED TO PRODUCE "A FLEXIBLE REACTION TO A LIMITED NUCLEAR STRIKE FROM THE WEST".

    THE MANOEUVRES ARE BEING STAGED IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA NEAR THE AUSTRIAN AND GERMAN BORDERS. THEIR CONCEPT IS UNDERSTOOD TO TAKE WEST GERMANY, MOST EXPOSED MEMBER OF NATO, AS THE "ENEMY". THE AIR OPERATIONS, WHICH WILL SPREAD OUT OVER THE WHOLE OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA, INVOLVE SOVIET MISSILE UNITS AND SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT.

    PRESS REPORT TODAY DESCRIBED HOW LOW-LEVEL SUPERSONIC FIGHTER-BOMBERS MADE SIMULATED NUCLEAR STRIKES AGAINST ADVANCING TROOPS YESTERDAY. ONE REPORT SAID: "A RED FIREBALL GLARES AFTER THE DETONATIONS, A BLACK MUSHROOM OF SMOKE ARCHES ABOVE IT AND GROWS HIGHER. WITH THIS APPLICATION OF NUCLEAR STRENGTH THE FORCES BEGAN THEIR ATTACK".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5ECNC4E6YL50DSZM7RF8ILQQ4
    Media URN:
    VLVA5ECNC4E6YL50DSZM7RF8ILQQ4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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