Western (W): Germany (WG). Armed Forces of Soviet Union in GDR


A file of correspondence, press articles, and legal material concerning the withdrawal of Soviet troops from East Germany. The documents discuss an announcement by the East German government that 41,000 Soviet troops will shortly be returning to the Soviet Union; how 250,000 Soviet troops will remain in East Germany after this withdrawal; and the appointment of Nikolai Zakharov as the new commander of the Soviet troops in East Berlin. The documents also cover several articles in the British press reporting on the Soviet withdrawals; and a series of parades held in East Germany to commemorate the withdrawal of Soviet troops, which the British military government in West Berlin believe involved "a small number of very low-quality troops and some largely obsolescent equipment". Other documents include a copy of an agreement between the East German and Soviet governments regarding the administration of justice upon Soviet troops in East Germany.
international relations law soviet union military east germany warsaw pact the times soviet satellite states Soviet armed forces East German-Soviet relations military reductions British press Soviet troops abroad British parliament military officers Soviet army Daily Express East Berlin Selwyn Lloyd News Chronicle Nikolai Zakharov
Collection ID
Article(s) from News Chronicle reproduced with permission of Associated Newspapers Ltd / Solo Syndication. Article(s) from News Chronicle reproduced with permission of Associated Newspapers Ltd / Solo Syndication.
Soviet Union
Department Reference
Code WG file 1198
Document Type
Correspondence Press and Media Legal and Treaty Material Parliamentary and Official Government Material
File Reference
FO 371/137482
Documents in this file were retained under Section 3(4) of the Public Records Act 1958. The following articles have been removed from this file due to copyright restrictions: Daily Express, 11 April 1958, "Do the same!"; The Times, 10 April 1958, Parity of foreign forces in Germany.
Persons Discussed
Nikolai Zakharov Selwyn Lloyd
Published in
United Kingdom
Subject Countries
East Germany
Military International Relations

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