By Walter Böhm
This publication describes Constant Enforcer 79 using maps and numerous hitherto unpublished exercise photographs primarily of vehicles of the US Army, but also of vehicles of the Canadian and Belgian armies.
A focal point during the Cold War was situated along the inner German border in the area between Hesse and Thuringia. Known as the Fulda Gap, East German territory extended farthest into West Germany in this area. Recent research has demonstrated that the risk of conventional war in this region was in fact extremely high. It was this scenario that served as background for the autumn Exercise Constant Enforcer conducted by NATO’s CENTAG in 1979. The field training exercise Constant Enforcer was designed as an inter-corps coordination exercise. The main aim was to train cooperation between two NATO corps of different nationalities at the point where their areas of responsibility would join along the forward line of their troops.