Troops from West Germany and France are currently taking part in a mountain exercise in West Germany.
Troops from West Germany and France are currently taking part in a mountain exercise in West Germany. The mountain chosen for the exercise is the Krottenkopf, near Mittenwald and this is the first time troops have been brought in from France to take part in such an exercise.
Previously French soldiers have taken part in similar exercises--but they have been based in West Germany.
The exercise started on July 5 and will end on July 26, 1967. There are 110 French soldiers taking part - four officers, 12 NCOs and 94 men. They are members of the 13th Battalion of the Chasseurs d'Alpes who are based at Chambery near Grenoble.
West Germany has sent 130 men of the Miottenwald Battalion to Chambery as guests of the Chasseurs d'Alpes.
On July 17 and 18 an integrated exercise was held at the Krottenkopf with the Germans defending a position attacked by two French units combined with German platoons. No artillery was used, but smoke bombs simulated shell explosions.
The defenders wore red armbands but no identification was worn by the attackers. Soldiers on both sides were ???