NATO Forces Preparation for the Removal of Chemical Weapons from Europe

This is a documentary of combat photographer Glenn Sierra. Once again he goes into combat with only his camera. Glenn Sierra assignment is to document the historical preparation for the removal of 100,000 chemical weapons from West Germany.

In May 1986, President Reagan and West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl agreed to the removal of U.S. chemical munitions from West Germany by 1992. In December 1988, this agreement further warmed ties with President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, leading to the end of the Warsaw Pact nations.

In December 2 1989, the Malta Summit comprised a meeting between President George H. W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev would agreed on concessions to halt the production of chemical weapon and further to reduce their stockpiles. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev would declare the Malta summit as the beginning to the end to the Cold War.

This documentary focuses on the rehearsal and disaster preparation for Operation Steel Box and Operation Lindwurm by U.S. armed forces personnel, civilian contractors, and West German military personnel provided security,police, chemical agent monitor, medical and firefighting equipment and services for the truck and rail movements.


  1. EdWood1st
    EdWood1st 30 June, 2016, 20:21

    With all due respect to Glen Sierra where was the combat?????

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  2. thekhan517
    thekhan517 30 June, 2016, 20:21

    Security was also provided by the 110th Military Police Co., 3rd Ord battalion, 59th Ord Brigade. Three platoons of MP's were there, securing the site, the rail cars and the port.

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  3. Thomas Baker
    Thomas Baker 30 June, 2016, 20:21

    I was in the special weapons brigade and worked for Brigadier General Benchoff on this project in the logistical planning and have written my memories of the event as well as can be remembered.  It by far was the most amazing experience of my military career.  He was a great leader to work for and I had to brief him often about this.  There was no door that could not be opened to get things done for this project.  I worked directly with contracting with German industry for the manufacture of the side loaders used at approximately 18:00.

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