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The Soviet strategy was to drop 7 or 8 airborne divisions, as well as land a load of Marines and tanks, into North Norway then sally the Murmansk Fleet into the North Atlantic, within a couple of days, to cut off the seaborne reinforcement of the 'Central Front' from North America. Concurrently, the Fulda Gap show would commence.I would imagine CAST would have been easy prey for Russian nuke boats as they made the transit.
Regardless of whatever moronic cubicle dwelling plug came up with that classification, back in the day, guns and sappers were combat arms. I'm happy to say I was a rugged combat arms officer until the day that I became a gifted, paper pushing legal officerPfft. Combat support arms?
They did a good job. We were usually brigaded with them and the 'Italian Battalion' - the Alpini.On my first Ex in Norway (1980) we left equipment there for future use.
At that time 1 RCR in London held the AMFL role.
Hey, the Soviets never invaded. Therefore you were successful. Medals and promotions all 'round!