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  1. After the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, Churchill planned an offensive against the soviet forces on occupied central and eastern Europe, this to prevent a further advance of communism over western Europe, the very first sign of the cold war. The plan was to launch a British offensive with the help of the allied countries USA, Canada, France, polish forces in exile and POW german soldiers. The total amount of allied troops on western Europe were about 2.5 million men plus exile soldiers and ex-wehrmacht troops (about 100,000 german soldiers). But the soviet numerical superiority was about 4:1 in men and 2:1 in tanks. The planned was abondoned due to the great risk of a new big world conflict and the highly probable soviet victory (who knows) and didn't become public until 1998. This is the map that showed the positions of the allied armies at the end of the war, western allied armies were much less than soviet ones, but each army had a bigger number of soldiers, although soviet total numbers of soldiers was bigger, still had a 4:1 ratio. But the soviet forces had their own allies too, the yugoslavian, bulgarian, romanian and polish forces.
  2. The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Type 60 Armored Personnel Carrier was the first of its type for the JGSDF; Developed in the late 1950's the Type 60 was accepted into service in 1960. Typically crewed by four (Commander, Driver, and two Gunners); and with the ability to carry 6 soldiers in its troop compartment. The vehicle weighed in at 11.8 tons; and was powered by a air-cooled Mitsubishi 8HA21WT V8 Turbo Diesel making 220 horsepower at 2400 RPM; allowing for a 18.6 hp/ton ratio and a top speed of 45 Km/h. The vehicle was protected by steel thick enough to only protect itself from small arms fire and artillery fragments. Standard armament included a 12.7mm M2 Browning on the roof; and a 7.62mm M1919 Browning in the hull. In the 1980's the M1919 was then replaced by the 7.62mm Type 74 machine gun. The vehicle remained in service with the JGSDF until 2006. The Type 64 MAT; or KAM-3D was the first Japanese wire guided anti-tank missile; developed during the 50's and entering service in 1964; It was a MCLOS controlled missile with a speed of 85 m/s and effective range of around 350-1800m. It currently remains in service as a mothballed reserve.