According to Stars&Stripes military newspaper, after a week of blowing up targets and performing extreme challenges in the Bavarian heat, Germany took the trophy for the top tank platoon at this year’s Strong Europe Tank Challenge.
This is the third year of the challenge, and it’s the second time the German team defeated the hardened tank platoons of the United States, France, Ukraine, Poland, Sweden, Austria and the United Kingdom.
The eight NATO allies and partner nations gathered to test their tank crews’ skills against each other, build camaraderie, and share tactics and techniques. Events ranged from precision shooting and range determination to a mock armor battle and a combat pistol shoot.
The German team won two years ago, but their top-place victory this week was not a foregone conclusion. Sweden almost pulled ahead of Germany, but the German team racked up points for best overall performance and scored highest in the last day’s "Tanker Olympics," where tank crews sprint around a track with heavy tank parts and gear.
Ukraine was represented by the crew of the 14th separate mechanized brigade of Ukraine's Ground Forces.