Troops from Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union have been taking part in Warsaw Pact manoeuvres in northwestern Poland.
Troops from Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union have been taking part in Warsaw Pact manoeuvres in northwestern Poland. The mammoth military exercise took place only a week after similar manoeuvres by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's troops in northern Europe.
SYNOPSIS: In all 35,000 troops took part in the exercise, code-named "Shield 76". They were watched by representatives of 11 communist states.
The host country, Poland, is one of the major suppliers of manpower to the Warsaw pact agreement. One of the highlights of these exercises was a display by tanks.
The Polish News Agency PAP, said the Defence Ministers of Poland, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania and Cuba watched.
Military representatives from Austria, Denmark, Finland and Sweden also observed the display by jets from warsaw Pact countries.
The Warsaw Pact was signed in 1955 and since the there have been several joint exercises. Pact members also concentrate on troop numbers in Europe and general security and try to match the strength of the western alliance, NATO.