Gene Bane ©Stars and StripesWest Germany, February, 1961: Two U.S. soldiers from the 17th Artillery slog through the mud during Winter Shield II, a six-day exercise in in the Grafenwoehr-Hohenfels area that involved more than 60,000 American, German and French troops.

RELATED MATERIAL: Read four stories about Winter Shield II from Stars and Stripes' February 3, 1961 edition: "Aggressors" start Shield attack with river crossings'NATO' units set to attack Engineers battle river, weather to open games Rangers combine mobility, stealth

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