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Eastern Order of Battle

Group of Soviet Forces in Germany
and
National People's Army
German Democratic Republic

Soviet Western Group of Forces

The Soviet Western Group of Forces was essentially the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany positioned across the German Democratic Republic. Following the cease of hostilities in the Second World War, the Soviet military positioned a large number of men and materiel inside eastern Germany. When the threat of war with western European countries aligned with NATO became a possibility the Soviets reinforced their existing military strength in the territory of East Germany. The existing number of Soviet forces would be further enhanced by the addition of military forces of the German Democratic Republic and other Warsaw Pact armed forces depending on the theater of operations.

Soviet Western Group of Forces would move to penetrate into West Germany across the Inner German Border and attack across the North German Plain and through the Fulda Gap where they would engage the maneuver forces of NATO's Northern Army Group and Central Army Group.

The District became subordinate to the Western Strategic Direction in the late early 80s.

Group of Soviet Forces in Germany's Air Force

Soviet 24th Tactical Air Army in 1968

 

Soviet 16th Tactical Air Army in 1973

 

Soviet 16th Tactical Air Army in 1978

 

Soviet Group of Soviet Forces in Germany's Tactical Air Force in 1983

 

The Soviet 16th Air Army’s MiG-23MLA Flogger-Gs

 

Photos of the 730th Fighter Bomber Air Regiment from the eighties

 

Soviet Group of Soviet Forces in Germany's Tactical Air Force in 1988

 

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