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Approved For Release 2008/04/14: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA005700930003-7 CLASSIFICATION 6LCKE7 'OUNTRY East Germany TOPIC Soviet Troop Trains EVALUATION a rE OF CONTENT DATE OBTAINED REFERENCES PLACE OBTAINED REPORT DATE PREPARED 21 1twRambpr 11 PAGES 2 ENCLOSURES (NO. & TYPE) REMMARKS CB converted boxcar B boxcar with soldiers which were dispatched from Meissen between 16 and 30 October 1954: Date in October 16 19 22 23 25 28 30 Ishangalovsk (?) Kovel Chernishovsk Kovel 55 B it 55 B Chernishovsk 55 B Kovel 2. The following eastbound shuttle-trains with soldiers were dispatched via Kuestrin-Kietz between 15 and 26 November: Date in November 15 54 B Jueterbog 16 54 B Meissen 54 B Fuerstenberg i8 54 B Weimar 54 B Bernau 20 54 B Haldensleben 54 B Bernau 23 54 B Magdeburg Number of Care Receiving Station 55 B 55 B 55 B 55 B Number of Cars Dispatching Station Approved For Release 2008/04/14: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA005700930003-7 25X1 t 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2008/04/14: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA005700930003-7 16 25 54 B Meissen 26 54 B Magdeburg The following westbound shuttle-tr?tne with soldiers Kuestrin-Kietz between 20 and 30 November: Date in Number of 'Cafe Receiving Sta bfa 20 21 22 23 24 26 28 30 54 B Neustrelitz 54 B Weimar 54 B Greifswald 54 B Magdeburg 54 B 54 B Brandenburg 54 B Neustrelitz 54 B Weimar were dispatched via Since extensive traok constructs work was be4nn at the Kietz railroad station on 1 ]ecember, it Is b$ved that thb personnel exchange movement 25X1 via Kietz term nated on 30t Novemmx. 4. On 4 December, shuttle-train Brest Litovsk via Frankfurt/Oder. of 50 CB went from Jueterbog to Comment. Another reportoconfis d tlt?at the dastbeund troop .tz~I."iir~e - in paragraph 2 were occupied by.dischargees. Except for shuttle-train on 20 November 1954, all other westbo nd trains are believed to be e . the personnel exchange movement in# both directions terminated in the first days of December 1954. The present comic ation of eastbound troop trains carrying dischargees indicates that the movement includes 74 shuttle-trains which have been observed with their,numbers?and 76 additional shuttle-trains or a total of 150 trains. Excluding 10 trains which probably were empty at the beginning of the movement, a total of 140 eastbound shuttle-trains with dischargees has been computed. Since it is believed that ]less diachargees are being moved in a railroad car than replaoements, each train probably carried 1,150 dischargees (46 oars with 25 men each), while those with recruits may have carried 1,380 men (46 cars with 30 men each). This computation indicates a total of about 160,000 dischargees. Since this figure exceeds even the total of about 152,000 replacements of the 1931 and 1932 class which was observed in 1951, it appears that these two classes have been discharl. The present computation"ofwestbound troop trains carrying replacements indicates that the.movement includes 69 shatt trains which have been observed with their shuttle''train and 66 additil al'shuttle-trains or"135 trains.. On the bads of the assumption that each shuttle-train carried 1,380 men, and including a deduction of five percent since the last westbound trains were probably not loaded to capacity, about 175,000 men arrived from the USSR. The'difference of 15,000 men between the total number of dischargees and replacgnents in 1954 is probably made up of reassignments and hospitalized personnel. The actual strength of the army units in the GDR was estiruated at 360,000 men prior to the personnel exchange movement. Since December 1954,.about 50 percent of these men are be rbepuits. We assumption is cQnfirmed by numerous observations at the barr s installations. The persospl exchange movement of the Twenty-Fourth Jfty which probably has an actual strength SEC T 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2008/04/14: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA005700930003-7