• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: The Portuguese army has begun what are likely to be its last manoeuvres before its much bigger and better-armed Spanish neighbours apply to join NATO.

    SYNOPSIS: Faced with the possibility of Spanish membership of the Alliance, the Portuguese army has been concentrating on proving its usefulness in time of war.

  • Description

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    SV PULL OUT TO GV Map, with officer briefing other officers 0.05
    GV PAN OVER Officers listening 0.21
    GV Map with officer, PULL BACK TO map with several officers ZOOM INTO map 0.35
    GV Officers standing on truck trays listening, ZOOMS TO other officers standing on ground and listening, CU PULL OUT TO GV of briefing officer (2 shots) 0.54
    GV Shells exploding in woods 1.02
    GV Tanks manoeuvring (2 shots) 1.31
    GV Tank halting under tree 1.36
    GVs Tanks driving past (2 shots) 1.54

    Background: INTRODUCTION: The Portuguese army has begun what are likely to be its last manoeuvres before its much bigger and better-armed Spanish neighbours apply to join NATO.

    SYNOPSIS: Faced with the possibility of Spanish membership of the Alliance, the Portuguese army has been concentrating on proving its usefulness in time of war. Under a staff of officers headed by the Army Chief of Staff, General Garcia Dos Santos, the troops went through their paces on Thursday (9 July).

    The possibility of Spanish entry into NATO means the Portuguese could be reduced to a secondary role in the Alliance, of which it is a founder member.

    The aim of this exercise was to improve the Portuguese ability to fight a European rather than a colonial war -- a role it has had to adapt to since Lisbon has been without its African empire.

    Seven thousand soldiers equipped with weapons donated by other Alliance partners, mainly the United States, took part.

    In the exercise troops had to repel a simulated sea-borne invasion of Central Portugal. The manoeuvres followed another exercise in May and June in Portugal, involving gunners and pilots from seven NATO countries. Last month the ruling Democratic Alliance in Portugal defeated a move in parliament which might have embarrassed its NATO partners by banning the passage of nuclear arms through the country.

    In the meantime, Portugal's armed forces have the confidence of its Premier, Francisco Pinto Balsemao, who took over the post last year following the death of Francisco Sa Carneiro in a plane crash. According to the Premier, the overwhelming majority of the military are committed to democracy.

    REUTERS - AFONSO PINTO

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6XU85GVCCX4ABZEMRWWJY984M
    Media URN:
    VLVA6XU85GVCCX4ABZEMRWWJY984M
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/07/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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