The largest manoeuvres by Warsaw Pact countries ever held in East Germany began yesterday (Tuesday).?
The largest manoeuvres by Warsaw Pact countries ever held in East Germany began yesterday (Tuesday). The exercise is called "brother-hood in arms" and involves an estimated 100,000 troops.
Among high-level Warsaw Pact members watching the manoeuvres on the first day was the East German leader, Herr Walter Ulbricht, and Prime Minister Willi Stoph. Rumania has only sent a 300 member staff contingent to the exercises.
The centre of the manoeuvres on the opening day was reported to be near the Polish border, well clear of the motorways linking West Berlin with West Germany. The decision to shift the exercises away from West Berlin is thought to be linked with the current four-power talks on the situation in and around Berlin.
Airforce and army units are co-ordinating in the manoeuvres,which include for the first time a large scale civil defence operation in which whole University classes will be taking part.