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The cheesy 1984 movie 'Red Dawn' did such a good job creating erstaz T72s that the Pentagon sent people to the movie set to look the vehicles over. Looking over this film clip 37 years later I've got to admit they did a creditable job. 

 

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a throwback instructional video  

2 intersting videos on soviet materials:  

Another great video of 1980s Cold War porn to put you guys in the mood. 😃  

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Not much to look at, just a staff map. The title "Location of troops in the Western theater of war on D + 18"

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A map from the early 1980s. In this scenario, NATO troops are doing quite well. Weapons of mass destruction are in use. In 1980 I was 7 years old, there is a blue mushroom in the place where I lived with the description 150 kt - airburst 8.10 am 🙂

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Interesting,

If the Soviets seriously thought they could pop off that many nukes on essentially their own warsaw pact  border without cooking off Armageddon...well lots of delusion going on there.

 

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Combat Groups of the Working Class (GDR ruling party paramilitary). Post Cold War German-TV docu. The Wehrmacht soldier with MP40 is pretty misplaced in the title picture though.

 

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On 2/20/2021 at 9:43 PM, A co said:

If you can find it- a great film to get in the mood for this game is the documentary 'Manoeuvre' by Wiseman. It follows a US armored unit through a NATO exercise in Germany in about 1979. Sadly I can't turn it up on the web at the  moment. Quite a good portrait of the Army and the officers and men of the era, I think, tho it was a few years earlier than my service. 

It can be watched here.   https://www.kanopy.com/product/manoeuvre    You must have a Library Card or University Login to watch it.

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Another Soviet movie, V zone osobogo vnimaniia, released in 1978:

 В зоне особого внимания (боевик, реж. Андрей Малюков, 1977 г.) - YouTube

and its sequel Otvetnyi Khod (1981):

Ответный ход (боевик, реж. Михаил Туманишвили, 1981 г.) - YouTube

Basically it's VDV (and naval infantry) galore! 😄
I'm amazed at the amount of details one can gather in some scenes of these movies, considering the typical level of "discretion" in the USSR about military equipment.

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The 2001 series Red Cap follows RMP investigators stationed in Germany. The setting is right for CMCW, even if the time period is closer to CMSF. (There's also a 1960s series of the same name, starring John Thaw, well before his days as Morse, but I've never been able to find episodes.)

Edited to add: I think the series is terrible, but even terrible television has its place.

 

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@marais I recall hanging around at Forward Mounting Centre at South Cerney many years ago and read something about the Red Cap team doing filming/research there for the series.  The comment was that Tamzin Outhwaite could never play an RMP character convincingly because "she was attractive, intelligent and welcome in the unit."

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On 4/26/2021 at 6:02 AM, Combatintman said:

@marais I recall hanging around at Forward Mounting Centre at South Cerney many years ago and read something about the Red Cap team doing filming/research there for the series.  The comment was that Tamzin Outhwaite could never play an RMP character convincingly because "she was attractive, intelligent and welcome in the unit."

Hah! RMP not thought of favorably, I take it?

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