International: Maneuvers

Under the watchful eyes of General Eisenhower, "Redland" aggressors and "Blueland" defenders battled each other across a 60-mile line stretching from Bremen to Hamburg. The cast in the big eight-day war play: 150,000 NATO troops. It was "Operation Counterthrust" —the largest allied maneuver since the war, and the first major test of how seven Atlantic Pact armies could work together.

Umpires praised the skilled British-Dutch-Belgian "Blueland" defense. Withdrawing in order to gain time to mobilize, they kept their vehicles properly spaced, lost only a few units in traps. The Belgians did particularly...

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