The United States Defence Departments says the Soviet Union is likely to build up its war supplies in Afghanistan for another month or two before making a concerted effort to crush opposition.
GV: Tanks in distance
SCU ZOOM AND SV Afghan tank soldiers on parade with tanks, sprint to their tanks and drive off on manoeuvers (4 shots)
SV ZOOM CU AND CU Afghan troops being given lecture (3 shots)
CU, SV AND GT: Afghan tanks of manoeuvers (3 shots)
GV: Plane (East German) bring East German Ambassador
SV ZOOM SCU: East German Ambassador being welcomed
SCU PB AND SV: Medical supplies being unloaded from plane, with aircraft crew looking on. (2 shots)
SV AND CU: Medical supplies being loaded onto truck. (3 shots)
GV: Truck with medical supplies aboard being pushed away
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Background: The United States Defence Departments says the Soviet Union is likely to build up its war supplies in Afghanistan for another month or two before making a concerted effort to crush opposition.
The Department say the troops from the Soviet Union have so far been involved only in reacting to guerrilla raids. The Soviet Union says it acted in response to a request from Afghanistan, and it is supporting the Afghan army.
SYNOPSIS: Soviet television film shows Afghan tank crews training near Kabul. This is the fourth Tank Division of the Afghan Army. Soviet television indicated that this tank unit played an important role in December's change of government in Kabul.
This class in political instruction is open to offices and enlisted men alike. The original commentary to this film says this unit contains any activists.
No Soviet soldiers or advisors were evident in the Afghan tank manoeuvers. Only, in the words of Soviet Television, 'brave young men from kabul and other Afghan cities, who know military service is service to the revolution'.
Film from East German television shows that Afghanistan is receiving aid form the German Democratic Republic. Here the Ambassador to Afghanistan, Hermann Schwiesau, hands over medical supplies. East Germany was one of 18 countries which voted against the United Nations resolution calling for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan.
East Germany says the resolution provided what it described as 'imperialist powers' with a pretext to continue interfering in Afghanistan's internal affairs. Now, with the landing of medical aid, East Germany is giving her backing to the new Afghan regime with action as well as words. The Republic says it is imperative for the whole world to keep a clear head about the crisis which was sparked-off by developments in Afghanistan.