Letter from East German Defense Minister (Heinz Hoffmann) to the Warsaw Pact Supreme Commander (Andrei Grechko)24 Mar 1961
In this letter, East German defense minister Heinz Hoffmann informs the supreme commander of the Unified Supreme Command of the Warsaw Pact (WP), Marshal Andrei Grechko, about the content of a letter from East German head of state Walter Ulbricht to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev on the equipment of the National People's Army (NVA) with new Soviet weapons. Hoffmann informs Grechko about Ulbricht's consent to decisions taken in the defense commission of COMECON, such as proposals for an increased specialization of WP armament production. Furthermore, he asks Grechko to speed up the supply of modern Soviet armament.
Collection: The 1961 Berlin Crisis
Origin (Agency): East German Ministry of Defense
Sender: Heinz Hoffmann, East German Defense Minister
Destination (Agency): Unified Command of the Waraw Pact
Recipient: Andrei Grechko, Warsaw Pact Supreme Commander
Language of Original Document: German
Number of Pages: 2
Cold War Period: 1960s
Persons: Grechko, Hoffmann, Khrushchev, Ulbricht
Document Source: Federal Archives of Germany, Military Branch (BA-MA), Freiburg i. Br.
Call Number: AZN 32598. pp. 1-2