Warsaw Pact forces have achieved total surprise with an attack southwards from Bremen.
This attack threatens to capture West Germany’s war production heartland and to surround the British Army of the Rhine defending Hanover. If this attack succeeds, NATO will find it almost impossible to form a coherent defence line east of the Rhine River.
NATO has reacted strongly, counterattacking with British troops from both flanks of the thrust. Part of 3rd Armoured Division in the Hanover area has turned about and is advancing towards its own rapidly-retreating rear echelon, while the Gurkha brigade defending the Rhine bridges has been relieved and is re-positioning for an attack from the west.
West German and Netherlands forces have reacted with strong local counterattacks, but appear to be falling back in the face of overwhelming odds. There are reports of troop movements from the southern sectors to reinforce them.