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October 29, 1962

CHIEF OF STAFF, 2ND BULGARIAN ARMY, ORDER REGARDING RAISING ARMY AIR DEFENSE COMBAT READINESS

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    The commander of the Bulgarian 2nd Army, Colonel Alexiev, issued the order to prepare the Army's air defense for combat. Alexiev cites order N 00190/25.10.1962 issued four days prior to justify the heightened defense alert. The order includes six commands related to combat preparation and instructions for anti-aircraft units.
    "Chief of Staff, 2nd Bulgarian Army, Order Regarding Raising Army Air Defense Combat Readiness," October 29, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Bulgarian State Military History Archive, Fond 317, Opis 4, a.e. 1, p. 249. Translated by Greta Keremidchieva and edited by Jordan Baev. Obtained by the Bulgarian Cold War Research Group. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116250
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O R D E R

OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF 2ND BULGARIAN ARMY

29.10.1962 [29 October 1962] PLOVDIV

Ref. Raising the combat readiness of air defense in the army

With regard to order N 00190/25.10.1962 [25 October 1962] aiming to raise air defense combat readiness in the army, the Commander of the 2nd army

ORDERS:

  1. The air defense command post of the army, the air defense posts in the formations, anti-aircraft regiments and divisions shall organize and maintain continuous combat duty.

The air defense command post shall maintain continuous contacts with the command post of 2nd anti-aircraft brigade.

  1. One combat ready battery shall be formed in each anti-aircraft division in the formations and in 32nd anti-aircraft regiment, and they will be deployed in the vicinity of the barracks and will stay on combat duty.
  1. Stations P-10 from air defense of the army and 32nd anti-aircraft regiment shall be deployed close to the garrison and shall be ready to act by additional order.
  1. The army commander shall give permission to the anti-aircraft batteries to open fire after permission is granted by the General Staff.
  1. All important information from the Instruction for fire interaction between air defense and air force and air defense in the troops shall be provided to the commanders of anti-aircraft units.
  1. Each anti-aircraft battery shall be supplied with 0.5 set of shells.

CHIEF OF STAFF OF 2ND BULGARIAN ARMY Colonel /sign/ Alexiev

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