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As part of the NATO deterrence against Soviet aggression in Europe, the Netherlands contributed three army divisions which would make up I Netherlands Corps as part of NATOs Northern Army Group. These however were not fixed formations as for instance in the British or US Army. The Corps while stationed in the Netherlands had to be combat ready within 48 hours of notification and would then have to deploy roughly 350 kilometers to its area of responsibility.

Netherlands posses a very dynamic force, as their versatility can truly change the tide of combat with the deployment of a few key formations, like Leopard 2 tank for example.In July 1985 a new plan of operations came into force which prescribed a more fluid, terrain-orientated defense in depth. No longer was the enemy to be halted as far east as possible; he was now to be denied passage through the corps sector.

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