The Warsaw Pact was equipped with advanced weapons and equipment, known as the “Steel Fist”

In the German Democratic Republic there were about 8,000 infantry armored fighting vehicles and Armoured personnel carriers, more than 3,500 artillery guns, self-propelled artillery Gvozdika, Hyacinth and Akatsia. In addition, it also added many mortars and anti-aircraft missile systems.

After the Great Patriotic War, The 16th Red Banner Air Army was still stationed in Germany, consisting of 5 air divisions and 6 Separate aviation regiments. During the 1980s, there were nearly 1,500 aircraft and helicopters.

East German army
East German army

The East German army was completely dependent on Moscow and, in fact, part of the Soviet Union. In the event of an armed conflict, several German divisions would merge with the Soviet army. East German Army was also equipped with the most modern equipment, better than any other armed forces of the Warsaw Pact.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the East German army was disbanded. Many soldiers were enlisted in the West German army, but most of the officers were in early retirement. The few exceptions were a few dozen specialists, such as pilots and aircraft technicians. However, they were demoted and downgraded a few ranks.

The next military power of the Warsaw Pact was Czechoslovakia. By the end of the 1980s, the Czechoslovak People’s Army had more than 200,000 troops. The Western military district was more heavily concentrated, in the case of war it was strong enough to defend against NATO attacks.

Czechoslovakia had five motorized brigades and five tank brigades, with 2,700 T-55 and T-72 tanks. They were constantly modernized, for example the T-55, shortly after it joined the Warsaw Pact, had been equipped with new fire control systems, additional protective armor and improved power plants.

The Czechoslovak Air Force had dozens of MiG-15, MiG-21, MiG-29 fighters, Su-25 strike aircraft and Tu-22 supersonic bombers. After the fall of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the military equipment was divided.

After the disintegration of the Czechoslovakia, the Czech army consisted of just over 20,000 people, about 30 T-72 tanks and one hundred reserves, hundreds of armored vehicles, several dozen self-propelled artillery, mortars and anti-tank systems. Slovakia’s army was also about 20,000 soldiers.


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