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    Soviet-Warsaw Pact Military Exercises

    Post  Pyrrus on Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:05 am

    Exercise Zapad-81 (West-81) was the largest military exercise ever to be carried out by the Soviet Union, according to NATO and US sources.[1] It was conducted from September 4, 1981 and lasted approximately 8 days. It was a joint operation including elements from all Soviet service branches and introduced several new "complexes" such as the RSD-10 medium-range strategic missile (known often to the West as the SS-20 Saber) and the "Kiev" Project 1143 aircraft carrier.[2]

    The exercise was first and foremost a show of force. Propaganda tapes were made of the large scale offensives concluding in a large victory parade. Apart from being a show of force to the NATO countries, the exercise was a large-scale demonstration of military capability in Poland. After the failure of reform communism in Poland during the seventies the People's Republic of Poland was in a state of crisis and civil unrest (Solidarność). Exercise Zapad included amphibious landings in Poland near Gdańsk, reminding Poles that the Soviet Union could resort to military force if that was deemed necessary.


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    Re: Soviet-Warsaw Pact Military Exercises

    Post  Cyberspec on Mon May 04, 2015 8:51 am

    I'll post this here to avoid single post threads. Maybe the thread should be renamed Warsaw Pact Exercises?

    NVA (East German) on exercises - good footage (21 min)


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    Re: Soviet-Warsaw Pact Military Exercises

    Post  Khepesh on Mon May 04, 2015 4:48 pm

    NVA film about using OPVT equipment on T-55 and T-72


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    Re: Soviet-Warsaw Pact Military Exercises

    Post  Cyberspec on Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:33 am

    Old East German Newsreel



    T-55's leaping of railway carriages Very Happy


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    Re: Soviet-Warsaw Pact Military Exercises

    Post  Werewolf on Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:12 am

    Cyberspec wrote:Old East German Newsreel



    T-55's leaping of railway carriages Very Happy


    Cool find, will like when i can.

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    Re: Soviet-Warsaw Pact Military Exercises

    Post  Cyberspec on Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:54 pm

    Werewolf wrote:Cool find, will like when i can.

    No worries...thx

    that channel has a fairly large collection of clips....I haven;t had the time to check it out properly yet

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    NATO and WP troop quality values used in Soviet General Staff wargames.

    Post  Sanctus Ferri on Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:41 am

    I was reading an old CIA document in which Soviet wargames for fighting in Europe were discussed, in which it was said that the Soviet General Staff assigned numerical quality ratings to various nations in the game, and gave three, with West Germans 1.00, Americans 0.80 and Italians 0.25.  The document did not list the values given for other NATO troops, or mention if similar graduation was made of different Warsaw Pact members states.  A second document gave a value for the British as 1.3, and indicated that Soviet and US troops were held to be equal.

    Does anyone have knowledge of the values used for the other NATO forces?  Were similar grades used for Warsaw Pact forces?  What were the values? Were different values given for different readiness categories?

    Is there any documentation of these old war games available?  

    What kind of rules did the Soviet armed forces use?  Were they free kriegspiel type, where officers simply used their knowledge to adjudicate results, or were they more formally 'games' with mechanisms for probability and uncertain outcomes, such as dice?

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