Deterrent? Force is the only language Russians understand. What do you think stopped WarPac from "liberating" the workers in Western Europe by means of tank columns rolling though the Fulda Gap and tactical nukes?
WMD on both sides and the knowledge that, due to prevailing winds they would have, regardless of the battlefield, screwed themselves royally, even with just initial chemical and nuclear attacks and without like for like NATO response. That is the deterrent. Not the number of tanks. They where aggressiv, not suicidal.,
Those endless KGB organized and funded silly peace marches?
More than more tanks actually. Public pressure kept governments from overspending on military hardware, and wracking their own economy in the process. There is a level of force that is enough, anything beyond that is a waste of tax payers money.We won because we had sustainable defense spending, they lost because they didn´t.
No, those "ugly" NATO weapons and real boots on the ground (not only the) West Germany was going all apeshit about in the 1980s.
And apparently there where more than enough, and as we know since the collapse of the USSR, their troops where nowhere near as ready, trained and equipped as the bogyman they where painted to be. Same is true today, there are many reasons to dislike Russia and perceive them as a threat, but thinking they would take a hike into NATO territory is flat out ridiculous.
I couldn't think of someone worse to lead a country.
Think of comrade Schulz.
The guys who´s biography you didn´t even get remotely right, correct?