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#1 Corinthian

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 2211 PM

Was reading up again on Able Archer 83 and one thing that struck me was Reforger 83, particularly this bit from https://nsarchive2.g.../thirtieth.html:

 

The largest exercise under the "umbrella" of Autumn Forge 83 was Reforger 83, short for "return of US forces to Germany," a radio-silent, 170-flight airlift of troops from the US to Europe to simulate a land war against "Orange" (Warsaw Pact) forces

 

Radio-silent? Anyone here was around participating Reforger 83? I find that remarkable, a 170-flight done in radio silence....

 

Any other info on Reforger 83 is greatly appreciated. :)


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 0304 AM

If you think thats good, apparently the GSFG could move from barracks to jumping off positions without letting off a single radio call. GCHQ didnt believe it, but Brixmis saw it happen a few times.

 

There is actually a pretty good video on youtube, if you can get past the Richard Clayderman and West German porn music, and it being narrated by Swedish Chief.

 

 

Interesting thing, all the Soldiers are still in Vietnam era steel pots. I thought they would be in 'Fritz' helmets by now.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 0337 AM

If you liked that, check out the video documentary about exercise Lionheart 84:

 


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 0624 AM

There is actually a pretty good video on youtube, if you can get past the Richard Clayderman and West German porn music, and it being narrated by Swedish Chief.

 

 

Interesting thing, all the Soldiers are still in Vietnam era steel pots. I thought they would be in 'Fritz' helmets by now.

 

It's Dutch Chief actually. I could understand about half of it. And PASGT was only introduced in 1983, so it would be a rare sight in exercises the same year.

 

The "Vacation on the Farm" sign at 15:20. And other details like the map with the advertizing of the local Sparkasse in the back of the MP briefing. :D

 

God, I miss this shit.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 0819 AM

 

There is actually a pretty good video on youtube, if you can get past the Richard Clayderman and West German porn music, and it being narrated by Swedish Chief.

 

 

Interesting thing, all the Soldiers are still in Vietnam era steel pots. I thought they would be in 'Fritz' helmets by now.

 

It's Dutch Chief actually. I could understand about half of it. And PASGT was only introduced in 1983, so it would be a rare sight in exercises the same year.

 

The "Vacation on the Farm" sign at 15:20. And other details like the map with the advertizing of the local Sparkasse in the back of the MP briefing. :D

 

God, I miss this shit.

 

 

I know, it was an ill advised attempt at humour. :) From the video header, it seems to be a Tank battalion 41, the Dutch premier tank unit.

 

Re Sign's, when they had a Royal Marines exercise in Denmark, it was not uncommon to have signs such as 'Rape This way' 'Pillage this way'. The Marines figured they were going to get some payback for all the viking raids. It all went swimmingly till some bootneck took it all a bit seriously and skinned and ate someones pet rabbit. Well, it was the 1980s...


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 0822 AM

One on Runway airstrips here.

 

 

 

Incidentally, the Exercise Lionheart videos above are excellent, there are about 10 of them. Its too bad its so damn difficult to record from Youtube or Id have burned this years ago.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 0832 AM

The video quality in places in this is apalling, but well worth watching.

 

 

In the village where I Ilive we had a General McMeeking, who was apparently a big cheese in the TA. In what was probably this exercise (crusader) and Lionheart 84, I watched him depart in a Lynx helicopter from his back garden to take part in the exercise. Good times. Terrifying times, but good for all that.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 0839 AM

Contary to what it says, I think this must be Lionheart 84, because its got the first deployment of Challengers, facing off against M1 Abrams.

 

 

Ill keep an eye open for anything from 1983 Tomas. For some reason 1983 doesnt seem to have been filmed much. Maybe they were dialing back on media coverage due to the deployment of cruise.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 1159 AM

One on Runway airstrips here.

 

 

 

Incidentally, the Exercise Lionheart videos above are excellent, there are about 10 of them. Its too bad its so damn difficult to record from Youtube or Id have burned this years ago.

 Stuart, I was able to record the one in Post 5 fine using Realplayer/RealDownloader.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 1211 PM

I shall have to look into that, thanks

 

I used to use a nifty device called Cacheview where you could take the file that was in your video cache, merge the chunks together, and save it. Wasnt even illegal, because all you were arguably doing was making a copy of what was already on your drive. Unfortunately, that no longer works with youtube.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 1321 PM

I use KeepVid to down load videos from the net.  There is a web version you can use for free but has upper limits to video quality when downloading (720p).  Just give it the video's url and tell it where to store it and it does the rest.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 1354 PM

Thanks, that looks another good option.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 1654 PM

Good times. Terrifying times, but good for all that.

 

Good because we survived. I never really thought it would end any other way but with mushroom clouds and I lived within several miles of a multi target bulls eye. The rapidity and quiet in which it finally ended was really quite amazing. I don't think many people realize just how unlikely that was.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 0029 AM

One on Runway airstrips here.

 

 

 

Incidentally, the Exercise Lionheart videos above are excellent, there are about 10 of them. Its too bad its so damn difficult to record from Youtube or Id have burned this years ago.

I find 4K Video Downloader works best for YouTube.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 0301 AM

 

Good times. Terrifying times, but good for all that.

 

Good because we survived. I never really thought it would end any other way but with mushroom clouds and I lived within several miles of a multi target bulls eye. The rapidity and quiet in which it finally ended was really quite amazing. I don't think many people realize just how unlikely that was.

 

 

I thought pretty much the same thing if Im honest. I can recall about 1979 or so seeing my first nuclear attack siren, and feeling slightly freaked out about it. I was only about 6 at the time, and its not a pleasant feeling at that age to discover how vulnerable you are.

 

Im personally astonished we came through 1983 without a scratch (well, most of us). I bought that Able Archer sourcebook, and whilst you can download all the documents in it on NS archive, there is something just more accessible about them bound in a book. The worst about the whole thing is that we still dont really know what tipped off the USAF general that something odd was happening.  He passed away before the historians were able to get to him, and like Stanislav Petrov, we probably owe him a debt that cant be repaid.

 

Cheers for that Evan, Ill look into it.


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