A Cardboard Castle? An Inside History of the Warsaw Pact, 1955-1991

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Document No. 129: Draft of a Revised Statute of the
Unified Command in War Time, March 30–31, 1988

This is from the draft excerpt of a revised 1980 war time statute, which had been so unpopular with the Soviet allies (see Document No. 86). Although Moscow felt the need to loosen up the degree of control by the supreme commander, the revisions ended up being rather insignificant. For a detailed critical analysis of the revised statute by the Romanians, see Document No. 131.

In order to centralize the leadership of the Unified Armed Forces of the Warsaw Treaty in war time, the Unified Command is established in the following composition:

The supreme commander of the Unified Armed Forces of the Warsaw Treaty is the supreme commander of the Armed Forces of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The supreme commanders of the Armed Forces in the People's Republic of Bulgaria, the Hungarian People's Republic, the German Democratic Republic, the People's Republic of Poland, the Socialist Republic of Romania and the Czecholovak Socialist Republic. Their deputies on the Unified Command are the ministers of defense of the respective countries. The First Deputy of the supreme commander of the Unified Armed Forces is the minister of defense of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The deputy of the supreme commander for the Armies of the Warsaw Treaty states is the main commander of the Unified Armed Forces of the Warsaw Treaty.

The Unified Command and its leadership bodies are responsible for the leadership, strategic planning and military actions of the Unified Armed Forces of the Warsaw Treaty as well as the employment of the national armed forces and the resources of countries allied with the Warsaw Treaty Organization for a particular period.

The first deputy of the supreme commander of the Unified Armed Forces carries out his work on the basis of decisions by the supreme commander of the Unified Armed Forces.

The representative of the supreme commander for the armies of the Warsaw Treaty states ensures cooperation with the military–political leadership of the allied countries in fulfilling decisions by the supreme commander of the Unified Armed Forces on the preparation and employment of forces and resources from the allied countries in the interests of the Unified Armed Forces.

The executive body of the Unified Command is the General Staff of the armed forces of the USSR, which coordinates the functions of all executive bodies in fulfilling the assignments of the Unified Command of the Unified Armed Forces.

In war time, the Staff, the Committee on Technology and the other executive bod-

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