In May 1955, the Soviet Union and seven Soviet satellite states signed the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance, a collective defence treaty , in Poland. Famously known as the Warsaw Pact, it was ostensibly a reaction to the incorporation of West Germany into the NATO alliance that same year. It also, conveniently for the Kremlin, allowed the Soviet Union to tie the military forces of its allies into a single command structure dictated by the wishes of the USSR.
This was demonstrated in 1968 when Warsaw Pact forces went into Czechoslovakia to quell a democratic uprising. The Pact included Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania,and the Soviet Union. One of the major strengths of the Pact was its common usage of Soviet designed equipment built in the USSR or in local national factories.
Models are Battlefront plastic 15mm miniatures. This force consists of:
- Seven Days to the River Rhine rule book & card deck
- Soviet command tokens
- Motor Rifle Platoon - 7 infantry bases
- Motor Rifle Heavy Weapons Platoon - AGS-17 Team, 2 x Spigot/Saxhorn team
- T-72 Tank Company - 5 vehicles
- BMP-1/BMP-2 - 5 vehicles
- T-64 Tankovy Company - 5 vehicles
A force of around 800pts may be fielded with this army deal.
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