'US AND NATO MILITARY PLANNING ON MISSION OF V CORPS/US ARMY DURING CRISES AND IN WARTIME,' (EXCERPT)CITATION SHARE DOWNLOAD
get citationThe Stasi's own preface to the V Corps/U.S. Army 1981 war plan (which recognizes that NATO's concept was defensive in nature in contrast to Warsaw Pact plans, which until 1987 indeed envisioned the mentioned "breakthrough towards the Rhine")"'US and NATO Military Planning on Mission of V Corps/US Army During Crises and in Wartime,' (Excerpt)" December 16, 1982, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, BStU, Berlin, ZA, HVA, 19, pp. 126-359. Translated from German by Bernd Schaefer; available in original language at the Parallel History Project http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/112680
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Through reliable intelligence we received knowledge of U.S. and NATO planning during crises and in wartime for the V Corps/U.S. Army stationed in the FRG. It considers the secret operations plan (OPLAN) 33001 (GDP: General Defense Plan) for the V Corps/U.S. Army. Worked out by the Staff of the U.S. Army Europe, and approved by the U.S. Department of the Army, it has been incorporated into NATO planning after consultations. This OPLAN is the basis of action for the V Corps to lead the defense within NATO'S Central Army Group (CENTAG). It consists of two parts, the so-called basic plan (OPLAN) and the attachments. Besides general information on intentions, goals and operational structure to defend CENTAG, the OPLAN has detailed instructions for the V Corps and its related combat and support troops, as well as general orders for cooperation and joint actions. 18 attachments with altogether 33 appendixes refer to the operational structure of the corps, boundaries of corps and divisions areas for defense operations, guiding principles to conduct the operation and ensure implementation of orders. Also they include the guidelines for the use of nuclear weapons and chemical agents. In addition, there are appendixes on plans for outside reinforcements to the V Corps/U.S. Army.
OPLAN 33001 (GDP) came into force on January 1, 1981. For U.S. forces it has the security classification SECRET, and within NATO it is NATO SECRET.