IRON CURTAIN: The Big Year

While NATO has been building up an army in Europe,* what has the Red army been doing? Reports from behind the Iron Curtain to TIME'S correspondents in Berlin, Bonn, Munich and Vienna add up to this answer: Russia is standing pat on its 450,000 soldaty, keeping them in top fettle, making no moves that directly indicate offensive intentions.

Russia's 400,000 troops in Germany have gone back to their barracks after the annual lengthy summer and fall maneuvers. The maneuvers, for outfits up to divisions in strength, concentrated on river crossings—both offensive and retreating. Troops are rotated constantly,...

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