Nearly twenty thousand troops have taken part in a military exercise organised by the British Army of the Rhine in West Germany.
SV Chieftain tank down bank and into field near Hamlin, West Germany
GV Tank moving across field
SV Scottish Lowland Division Territorial troops firing from trenches
GV Tank division crossing field
CU Truck along road with soldier standing on tank
GV Chieftain tanks crossing minefield
SC Royal Regiment of Wales soldiers firing from trenches
CU Soldier crawling along ground
CU Soldier looking through binoculars
GV Tanks crossing field as soldiers fire from trenches (3 shots)
GV Troops advance across field under smoke screen
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Background: Nearly twenty thousand troops have taken part in a military exercise organised by the British Army of the Rhine in West Germany. The operation --code named Exercise keystone--reached its climax on Wednesday (@$ October with a series of mock battles near the town of Hamlin, in the hill-lined valleys of northern Germany.
SYNOPSIS: The backbone of Exercise Keystone was provided by 145 Chieftain main battle tanks. They were supported by infantry and artillery and a full range of military units.
Here troops from the Scottish Lowland ??? fire at the ??? -- in the form of the ??? Armoured Division, as well as Danish and Dutch troops. The aim of Exercise keystone was to stop a potential enemy from occupying territory in West Germany.
The scene of the mock battle was the countryside around the German town of Hamlin--of Pied Piper fame. Over three thousand members of Britain's Territorial Army took part in the action--much of which was within 25 miles (45 Kilometres) of the bolder with East Germany.)
The British Army forms part of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) forces in West Germany. NATO was founded in 1949.