Note 1: Militia major units were effectively at company strength or less at any given time
Note 2: Canada had acquired 64 TUAs (TOW Under Armour) M113 anti-tank vehicles by 1989, replacing many M150s.
Note 3: Equipment Holdings:
Air Defence: some ADATS (delivery underway, 36 ordered), 111 Blowpipe, 15 Javelin
Helicopters: 13 CH-139, 63 CH-136, 9 CH-118, 46 CH-135, 41 CH-113A Labrador, 7 CH-147 (CH-47)
CANADIAN AIR FORCE Canadian Air Force information comes from Canadian Squadrons homepage at RCAF.com. It seems likely that at least one of the Canada-based CF-18 squadrons was deployed in Germany, possible No. 409.
1. 1st Canadian Air Division - Sollingen, FRG:
b. 421 Squadron: 18 CF-18
c. 439 Squadron: 18 CF-18
2. Canadian based Air Forces: reinforces 1st Canadian Air Division
a. 409 Squadron -- CFB Comox, BC: 18 CF-18
b. 416 Squadron – CFB Cold Lake, Alberta: CF-18
c. 425 Escadrille “Alouette” – CFB Bagotville, Quebec: CF-18
d. 433 Escadrille – CFB Bagotville, Quebec: 18 CF-18 (from CF-5, Jan 1988)
e. 434 Squadron -- Chatham, New Brunswick: CF-5 (stood down June 1988)
f. 441 Squadron – CFB Cold Lake, Alberta: CF-18
3. Training Establishment
a. 419 Squadron: CF-5 (aggressor and lead-in training)
b. 410 Squadron: CF-18 (operational conversion unit)
a. No. 1 Tactical Aviation Support Squadrons: about 6 CH-136 Kiowas
b. No. 2 Tactical Aviation Support Squadrons: about 6 CH-136 Kiowas
5. Other Helicopter Units
a. 447 Squadron: 4 CH-147 Chinook
b. 450 Squadron: 4 CH-147 Chinook
Note 1: Canada took delivery of a total of 133 CF-18s, including at least 20 CF-18Bs. IISS indicates that in early 1989, all were still operational, although some, perhaps 15, were in storage.
Note 2: A number of sources indicate that as many as 62 CF-116s (Canadian designation for F-5) remained in service with the Canadian forces though the early 1990s, with 419 Squadron and other units. In 1988, 23 CF-5As and 33 CF-5Ds underwent significant upgrades.
KINGDOM OF DENMARK ROYAL DANISH ARMY Denmark Country Data
Population: 5.09 million, including 193,000 males 18-22 and 394,000 million males 23-32.
GDP: (1988) $153.8 billion
Defense Budget: (1989) $1.922 billion
Army: 19,400 (plus 52,700 reserves, 55,300 Home Guard)
Navy: 5,400 (plus 7,600 reserves, 4,600 Home Guard)
Air Force: 6,900 (plus 12,100 reserves, 10,600 Home Guard)
Note: Denmark maintains 7 days of war stocks.
Changes courtesy of TankNet’s Steffen Redbeard and Soren Ras, plus details on several units picked up from Orbat.com forum archives.
1. Western Command – Fredericia (AKA Vestre Landsdelskommando or LandJut)
2) Corps Artillery: (3-5 arty battalions, mainly 105mm how)
2. Eastern Command – Ringsted: (AKA Østre Landkommando or LandZealand), assigned to AFNORTH. Organized as a NATO Corps in order to control expected reinforcements.
h. 4. Battalion, Life Guards: (independent motor rifle battalion)
i. 3. Battalion, Guards Hussar Regiment: Recon with 3 squadrons, each 6 M41DK, 4 M113, 3 M125, + light vehicles
j. Zealand Engineer Regiment:
3. Bornholm Force: assigned to AFNORTH.
a. 1 Light Tank Squadron: 10 M-41DK1
b. 1st, 2nd Battalion, Bornholm Defense Force (Motor Inf): 4 120mm mortars, 6-10 81mm mortars, 6 TOW, 36 Carl Gustav each
c. 1 Artillery Battalion: 6 towed 105mm and 12 155mm howitzers, 6 Redeye SAM
4. Jaegerkorpset Battalion (Commando): used for long range reconnaissance.
5. Local Defense Forces (Reserves):
a. Numerous independent infantry battalions and replacement depots
6. Hjemevaernet (Home Guard) - these are lightly armed local militia units: 540 Companies with 3 Carl Gustav each
1 Motor Inf Co (reserve): 9 trucks, 9 rifle squads, 3 81mm mortars
Infantry had Carl Gustav for AT
Note 2: Centurions in the Zealand Brigades are all 105mm armed by late 1980s, those in the four Battle Groups are 20pdr armed. The two brigaded tanks battalions were in the process of converting to Leopard Is
Note 3:Zealand Battle Group Infantry battalions typically had 5 companies, with a sixth armed with obsolete equipment, including Garand rifles.
Note 4: 1st – 3rd Zealand Battle Groups were for coastal defense and were trained for static warfare. The 4th Battle Group was trained for mobile warfare.
Note 5:Stingers had begun to replace the Redeye (called Hamlet or Samlet in Danish service) by the late 1980s.
Note 6: Equipment Holdings
c. Eskadrille 543 – Sigerslev airstation: 6 I-HAWK launchers
d. Eskadrille 544: 6 I-HAWK launchers
8. Luftvaernafdeling Vest – Jutland:
a. Eskadrille 531 – Odense-Hjorup: 6 I-HAWK launchers
b. Eskadrille 532 – Odense-Hjorup: 6 I-HAWK launchers
c. Eskadrille 533 – Skrydstrup Airbase: 6 I-HAWK launchers
d. Eskadrille 534 – Karup Airbase: 6 I-HAWK launcers
Note 1: F-16s were a mix of As and Bs. Denmark took delivery of 46 F-16A and 12 F-16B between 1980 and 1983. A further 8 F-16A and 4 F-16B were delivered from 1987-1991. About 60 were available in 1989. Given those numbers, it is unlikely that the 4 Danish F-16 squadrons were often at full strength.
Note 2: The Draken numbers come from Scramble. They may not reflect attrition losses. Denmark initially took delivery of 20 F-35s, 20 RF-35s (fighters with recon capabilities) and 11 TF-35s (also combat capable). An additional 7 F-35s were eventually acquired from Sweden, but may have been for parts and not for use as line aircraft. IISS says at least 41 were still in service in early 1989. Janes says 16 F-35, 18 RF-35, and 9 TF-35 in early 1990, but that may represent some retirements.
Note 3: The locations for the HAWK batteries are taken from this excellent history of NIKE missiles in Europe. They were mobile units and would deploy as needed during wartime. The Air Force also had 36 Bofors L/70 40mm towed for air base defense.
REPUBLIC OF FRANCE L'ARMEE D'TERRE
France Country Data
Population: 56.4 million, including 2,129,000 males 18-22 and 4,353,000 million males 23-32.
GDP: (1988) $949.7 billion
Defense Budget: (1989) $28.58 billion
Army: 288,550 (plus 419,000 reserves earmarked for mobilization of 1,314,500 available)
Navy: 65,300 (plus about 24,000 reserves earmarked for mobilization of 220,000 available)
Air Force: 93,100 (plus about 70,000 reserves earmarked for mobilization of 179,500 available)
Note 1: Although the French military was not an active part of NATO, France was dedicated to the defense of Western Europe. The 1st French Army during wartime was assigned to CENTAG while the Rapid Action Force was assigned to NORTHAG.
Note 2: France can mobilize and deploy its forward forces in as little as 8 days but would need 14-21 days to complete the entire mobilization. France maintains 28 days of war stocks.
Note 3: French Armor and Infantry Divisions are about one half the size of a typical NATO heavy division and the light Armored Divisions are about one-third the size.
Note 4: French Regimental designations for Armor: Chars de Combat (RCC), Dragoons (RD), or Cuirassiers (RC). The Infantry designations are Infanterie (RI), Groupe-ment de Chasseurs (GC), Regiment de Marché de Tchad (RMT), Infanterie Etrangere (REI or DBLE - Foreign Legion), and Infanterie de Marine (RIMa - historical designation). Artillery is Artillerie (RA) or Marine Artillerie (RAMa). Combat Engineers are Genie (RG) or Foreign Legion Engineers (REG). Armored Recon are Hussards (RH), Light Cavalry is Chasseurs metropolitains (RCh) or Infanterie Chars de Marine (RICM), and the Foreign Legion Cavalry is Cavalerie Etrangere (REC) or Spahis (RE). This last designation commemorates colonial Arab cavalry. Long Range Recon is Dragoon Portes (RDP). Helicopter units are Helicopteres de Combat (RHC) and Groupe-ment d'Helicopteres Legers (GHL). Support Regiments are Regiment de Commande-ment et de Soutien (RCS). Airborne forces include "Parachutistes" within the title and a "P" within the abbreviation. Mountain or Alpine troops add an "A".
1. 1st French Army HQ - Strasbourg, France: in wartime assigned to NATO.
a. 13th Regiment de Dragoons Parachutistes (RDP) - Dieuze, France: 36 ERC-90, 12 Milan
b. 402nd Regiment d'Artillerie (RA) - Chalons-sur-Marne, France: 24 I-Hawk
c. 403rd Regiment d'Artillerie (RA) - Chaumont, France: 24 I-Hawk
d. 1st Regiment de Genie (RG)(Combat Engineers) - Strasbourg, France:
4) 1 Engineer Company
2. 1st French Corps - Metz, France: assigned to 1st French Army, primary mission is to CENTAG
a. 1st Armored Division - Trier, FRG:
1) 1st Regiment de Cuirassiers Regiment (RC): 70 AMX30B2, 11 AMX10P, 3 VAB, 2 81mm mortars, 2 Milan
2) 6th Regiment de Dragoons (RD): 70 AMX30B2, 11 AMX10P, 3 VAB, 2 81mm mortars, 2 Milan
3) 8th Groupe-ment de Chasseurs (GC): 26 AMX30B2, 24 AMX10P, 6 VAB, 4 81mm & 12 120mm mortars, 4 Milan
4) 16th Groupe-ment de Chasseurs (GC): 26 AMX30B2, 24 AMX10P, 6 VAB, 4 81mm & 12 120mm mortars, 4 Milan
5) 30th Groupe-ment de Chasseurs (GC): 26 AMX30B2, 24 AMX10P, 6 VAB, 4 81mm & 12 120mm mortars, 4 Milan
7) 57th Regiment d'Artillerie (RA) - Bitche, France: 24 Roland II, 6 AMX13-2 (AA)
8) 2nd Regiment du Genie (RG)(Combat Engineers) - Dijon, France:
9) 11th Groupe-ment d'Helicopteres Legers (GHL) - Essey-les-Nancy, France: 19 Alouette III, 11 Super Puma, 30 Gazelle/HOT
10) 4th Regiment d'Helicopteres de Combat (RHC) - Le Luc, France: 16 Gazelle/HOT, 10 Gazelle/20mm, 8 Puma
3. 2nd French Corps - Baden-Baden, FRG: assigned to 1st French Army, primary mission is to CENTAG
a. 3rd Armored Division - Freiburg, FRG:
1) 12th Regiment de Cuirassiers (RC): 70 AMX30B2, 11 AMX10P, 3 VAB, 2 81mm mortars, 2 Milan
2) 3rd Regiment de Dragoons (RD): 70 AMX30B2, 11 AMX10P, 3 VAB, 2 81mm mortars, 2 Milan
3) 19th Groupe-ment de Chasseurs (GC): 26 AMX30B2, 24 AMX10P, 6 VAB, 4 81 mm & 12 120mm mortars, 4 Milan
10) 27th Groupe-ment d'Helicopteres (GHL): 19 Alouette III, 11 Super Puma, 30 Gazelle/HOT
11) 27th Regiment de Commande-ment et de Soutien (RCS):
f. Foreign Legion Group - Aubagne, France:
1) 1st Regt Etrangere d'Infanterie (REI): 66 VAB, 8 81mm mortars, 8 Milan, 8 20mm AAA, 12 120mm mortars
g. 1st Regiment Parachutiste d'Infanterie de Marine (RPIMa) - used for SAS type missions:
h. Fusiliers-Marins: This is an actual 590 man 6 company Marine Commando unit.
6. Forces Deployed Overseas
a. St. Denis, La Reunion (Indian Ocean)