The Sheltered Strangers

Soviet troops in Poland keep a low profile

If Moscow ever decides to invade Poland, the first soldiers into action would probably come from the Soviet units already stationed inside the country as part of the Warsaw Pact force facing NATO across Central Europe. The Soviet troops, which are estimated to number 40,000, are concentrated in two locations, in the northwest near the rural hamlet of Borne and in the southwest at Legnica, a city of 75,000, where their main headquarters is situated. Each base accommodates a tank division of about 10,000 troops, 350...

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