On Sept 22 - second day of the four-day NATO exercise "Hold Fast" - British units carried out an airborne and seaborne attack on Eckernfoerde Bay, near Kiel on the Baltic coast of Schleswig-Holstein.
AIR V. British troops dropped near Kropp.
AIR V. Aircraft.
GV. Troops land.
AIR V. More troops are dropped.
GV. British troops land from German craft at Eckernfoerde Bay.
SV. Soldier puts stake into ground, marking landing.
SV.PAN. Troops lay track for tanks.
GV. Helicopter and troops on beach head.
GV. Troops on to beach head.
GV. Troops make way for tanks.
GV. Another landing craft on to beach.
LV. Truck out of landing craft.
GV. Vehicles and troops.
GV. Jet fighters fly overhead.
GV. Troops and truck leaving landing craft.
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Background: On Sept 22 - second day of the four-day NATO exercise "Hold Fast" - British units carried out an airborne and seaborne attack on Eckernfoerde Bay, near Kiel on the Baltic coast of Schleswig-Holstein.
As paratroops were dropped at the town of Kropp, combined units with heavy equipment disembarked from German landing craft and quickly established a beach-head near Aschau, after overcoming the natural obstacles of a squelching sandy shore.
Belgian, British, Canadian, Danish and West German troops are taking part in this biggest ever NATO exercise to be held in the Federal Republic. The overall strength of the participating units is three divisions - 42,000 men and more than 10,000 vehicles, tanks and other equipment.
Major-General Hax, the officer in charge of the exercise, told reporters Schleswig-Holstein had been chosen as the most suitable place since it was within easy reach of British, Danish and German NATO bases.