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Bundeswehr: Härtetest für die Panzercrew | Die Nordreportage | NDR Doku

Nov 17, 2022
practice for emergencies if there was an attack on the east flank of nato if you had to go there first then it doesn't matter if you have been there for 15 years or two years in the decisive phase of almost three weeks of resistance tests in the latest version of the main battle tank Leopard 2 nobody comes out here and gets the result here one with an asterisk 6 am mid September Monster training area North Lower Saxony Sergeant Joshua is on his way to work the 27 year old man from family is the commander of a main battle tank Joshua and his crew of three rehearse here 16 For days, the emergency today, the final combat exercise at the tank troop school training center, including a live shot, because at least we look for the occupants with a tank magnifying glass and if you can see a bright glowing face, that of course is not conducive to our camouflage, which may be more than not we in the middle obwo hl we tank crew are of course also assigned to carry out dismounted observation and household chores and that is why face tapping is as much a part as it is for the foot soldiers.
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The vehicle does it immediately. The commanders collect the tanks. from the platoon leader 10 tanks from the company are ready for the exercise are divided into groups the so-called trains are called Alpha Bravo Charlie Joshua is on the train Charlie Christian his train driver from 8.10 Charlie Charlie 3 barrier will be on the second turn point that it means as soon as the engines are on we'll slowly pull out onto the street so we can get out of here without pulling one means the chain jumps off our big chains when it's pulled the tank doesn't move forward they have to be in unit boundaries so we can move and the sand here is sometimes so deep that the holes are so deep that if the drivers are not really there 100% careful, let's press the chain quasi can be from the drive to the outside and, accordingly, the tank already can't move yeah only in small things that cost time because times are set 38 above flow line for attack this forces us to shoot precise rivers that do not have space. for the bargain You once or three times a year I wouldn't call myself a veteran but I'm with the 10 Nice so I've been there for a few years but if you can shoot well then it makes no difference. whether it's been there for 15 years or two years it's essential nothing happens there so I wouldn't say I'm nervous but clear tension from the driver means Franz is sitting inside using periscopes and cameras to find his way 64 tons and 1500 hp you have to control a very high responsibility you depend too much in part on the fact that the two above the loaders the commander are looking directly at Eng because sometimes it is very difficult to assess the maneuvers of this vehicle, especially in these traffic jams like here, on the Rhine, you can't see everything and unfortunately you don't have a full view, there are no turns Camera, at 8 o'clock, the Charlie train leaves the engines in Joshua's tank go on the rear of the train together with the tank of the platoon leader Christian first have to let the others through and then they can start too Driver Franz has to watch the chain now no problem The bat Joshua's allon is part of NATO's rapid reaction force and was the first in the Bundeswehr to be equipped with the latest version of the main battle tank equipped with the Leopard 2 A7V armored personnel carriers and wheeled tanks, who are also part of the combat exercise, go to the shooting range there on the edge, the soldiers of the shooting training center and the employees of the military training area, security personnel, civilian employees, who bend the targets by radio and trainers who guide the whole exercise and score the sch Arfe shots start all the time checking not only what happens in the vehicle but also what happens around our vehicle to avoid accidents, which means that every time the tank is moves, not only everything in the combat area is checked in terms of security. , but also the overview comes around my vehicle that the danger area is really clear every time there will not be an accident because that can be avoided last year a tank ran over an off-road vehicle in the salvage of the neighboring firing range a dead civilian driver and soldier Commander Joshua it's important to always have the tank under control Teaming up with all the waves there are techniques where you can get over them faster and not just drive right over them you always meander so easily when that or sway so much that we practically cut the waves and that the landing gear better pure springs gain speed Tanks are allowed here their 120 mm cannon for security reasons only shoots practice ammunition maximum distance 3 km each crew monitors an observation area in battle opens a target here triggers if the static and dynamic phases now alternate constantly while Joshua is in n the back of the train make the tanks in front of a target and engage it immediately Joshua loads the cannon the red flag indicates the cannon is loaded and the tank is ready to fire josho's crew fires but no target yet Comments to Joshua company commander they have extended needs to gather forces now so he can continue to attack through the diversion he is doing all that is left now is for us to watch the right flank and the delta is now advancing too far and this in company a little apart tears at the end the lieutenant colonel instructs the company commander to repeat part of the previous day's exercise at the edge of the firing lines the preparations for the actual shooting Sergeant Eileen has set an advanced ammunition price with her soldiers so what did we say here 35 also in an emergency they would bring the required ammunition near the area of ​​​​operation and thus to their own battle tanks and they would request it exactly and there are certain distribution keys and this is how it is issued everything is exactly defined who you receive what and how much everything must be pooled before you get it of course do not damage the ammunition yes there are certain test points to be observed ammunition regulations are strict everything is accurately counted and documented AV stands for reconnaissance and connection train well so we know which train this is for it is already prepared i will bring it here now 10 MZ 120 3 months am Joshua tanks in NATO and the Bundeswehr, the principle applies: train like you fight, fight like you train, of course, you you worry about sitting in the fighter yourself with our good training, which is also extremely respected in nature and with our connection. to get rid of everything and then secure the advantage for our side even in the prison that wins in an emergency that is a MZ exercises multipurpose ammunition that can be recognized by blue The warhead is made of concrete, which is completely sufficient for the purposes of the youngsters the combat ammo is black it doesn't explode like the combat ammo but the side effect of the shot is everything else is in exactly the same position so we just have the concrete head on the panel instead of destroying the whole thing the transfer of ammunition is always carried out in parallel in 2 tanks a platoon of four Pa the tanks can be fully reloaded with ammunition in just over 30 minutes for Joshua and his crew to refuel and then go to the available space which is the name of the area in which they and the other units will spend the night around 15 km like the crow flies other forces are also in the exercise so that we have an air mixture that we can use to light the field kitchen Thomas and Andreas have come in from the Bavarian rain especially for the exercise.
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Now the cooks are dining on sliced ​​meat with gnocchi and tomato salad with mozzarella. Their field kitchen is a trailer and mobile, so in the end it's always the people being lied to somewhere and where it matters that we can't secure food through the military kitchen, we're always on site and you need your comrades they could also cook right in the field for the soldiers next to the food from the field kitchen the soldiers also get one man EPA packs e some kind of bags eat 120 yes that everywhere in the Bundeswehr, so the product must have reached a core temperature of at least 72 degrees, otherwise I am not allowed to go out at all a hygiene regulation for possible germs and bacteria in food must be killed during cooking but must taste good all cooks also like to be praised for their food just like all fighters like to be praised a certain unique saying there is again and again no chewing there is no fight you have to 700 soldiers practicing here we have to provide them with food every day the tank crews are now in We got there close to the battle line the crews camp out during the exercise but also in a potential emergency camouflage and deception is what we are doing now at 12 p.m. m. and at 3 p.m. m. d so that the camouflage on the tank is improved again, it works with the handgun, the battle belt and the shovel, that must be clear, everything is clear, that is part of our consumption because if we do not do it well, because we have been illuminated from above, that is why we are covering the tank tracks from time to time by placing guests on top to make it even more difficult to clear up so that you can relax in the first place since Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, many things in the Bundeswehr are no longer what they used to be as part of the NATO rapid reaction force, the soldiers here belong to the military spearhead as of 2023 if there was an attack on NATO's eastern flank, you would have to be there within 7 days, he is aware that he is being trained in weapons or weapon systems that were clearly built to kill and he also has a separation in the back of his mind, so he practically wants the other side do the same when word comes we are all aware of that sst only those who served the longest who were already in action if you are enlightened you too will be destroyed and the last thing you want to have on your tombstone is that you were too lazy to take off the helmet many here have the russian units in the last few months so you see it very unprofessional because these are basic military concepts that you actually learn early on to camouflage and deceive and this not being done was, in the first place place, very surprising to many of us from the vehicles that drive to the battlefield without camouflage. that's easy, unprofessional and you don't actually do that 7 p.m. a little less than 13 hours until the company spear is fired the mother of the company, as they say in the Bundeswehr, brought the food that the field kitchen prepared to collect the food and take it to the field are not for this the cooks but the companies themselves take care of a maximum of four days, the soldiers are during training here sleeping outside eating and fighting hard in the military training area due to the heavy workload that usually starts early in the morning at 5 am. then until at least 11 p.m. i drive and then i go out briefly and then i engage in battle again that has to be attack proof then it has to work again that is something that really affects the substance the reality looks like that it is definitely like that in war it is because of that has to be ready here around 9 p.m. the day is slowly coming to an end for joshua's team what we're doing right now we're building our overnight camp here on the bike plenty of room in the operator's seat which is mostly underneath because the viennese has gotten more comfortable that's good and the rest of the crew sleeps outside if we turn a bit towards the tower we have in the back that was still on top schen tool in the middle but that was home if you still have some network docs which we then put under then you can sleep relatively well there, the engine still emits a little heat when it's colder outside, then it's also relatively nice then you can spend the night quite comfortably in the field, of course you have time in the evening to take a quick look at your cell phone in room available but again light discipline issue, yes then you need to make sure you do. that under Luke what we have also done is night combat readiness set up on the tank then only the red light is on again light discipline you don't want to be lit yes you always have to pay attention to it that's why it's all a little shorter in the phases where we slept outside that was with the family agreed and if my wife is also behind me and there is no problem especially if m I have been in action for more than half a year, then other things come back into focus and sometimes, I am happy for things that I think many people no longer consider.
bundeswehr h rtetest f r die panzercrew die nordreportage ndr doku
You write letters to yourself again and it's something different when then at 80 years agomaybe go to the attic and take out old letters, no one does that with a whatsapp message I had made my wife a 180-day advent calendar when she was half a year old in liter at EFP where she had to unpack every day I'm there every week once I went to the post office twice for me because that is very important yes and he is also receiving support from the family around 5pm they are already on their feet because we are protected from the weather because it is not so at night and finally unpacked the sleeping bags let's take a look again let's talk about everything again for tomorrow go over the times again and then he goes to bed about 13 hours later back at the shooting range the simulated tank battle goes to the next phase for the charlie trains in so-called free training There are no fixed targets, which means finding targets with the laser, determining the distance, and fighting them at max. 5 second mo before attention knows immediately if he has hit the target precise shot lasts a total of about eight hours towards the end trainers still simulate tank failure with one wounded listened to management circle due to the main battle failed good tank said he reported it but now he is trying to give something yes but I suspect he didn't die again he didn't combine his forces properly and that's why we had the break again between attacking head on just communicating with Charlie who he was still using the curves technique there is no movement here of the monitoring elements don't push forward a bit more so you can secure this properly i bet he hasn't even agreed what he sees on the right and what he sees left that the crew of the failed tank is finally evacuated after 4 p.m. several hours in a hermetic tank kö If Joshua and his crew can stretch their legs again, they are satisfied with the exercise, so we and also at the individual tank level could continue to practice with our crew so that we can further increase the level of training we did once. again with a live shot This is not the case with us either, so we have exercises with sharp shots a few times a year.
bundeswehr h rtetest f r die panzercrew die nordreportage ndr doku
Consequently, it is for us even if it highlights that the 393 tank battalion was equipped with the latest version of the Leopard 2 A7V just a year ago The battalion has a total of 44 of this new Leopard V improved mounts since the Leo that we they call should also remain powerful for years to come until a completely new tank replaces it and half an hour later at the edge of the firing lines Critical Maneuver The aim of the exercise was the attack against the enemy under guidance in a simple situation with the pioneers involved apparently had comm ammunition issues ideally you would have been here on the front lines who worked here on the three stars and didn't have a hotspot 12 times a year the target practice center does that training no one comes out here and you get the result one with an asterisk but all show up and still work as well where there is room for improvement in training the final appeal has e somewhere ammunition in combat vehicles summary line compartment evaluation has been carried out the success of the company in the combat exercise combat success has been achieved today in accordance with the The goal I set for myself for training it is also for the Company to get to the things that need to be improved Where there is a need for improvement Your company commander has noticed that the feeders have just arrived with them, so you have to work and the good thing for the company is that they still have plenty of chances to see that they are in a safe home we come to sleep over the weekend we take over the next day back at camp for Oberstabsfeldwebel Christian and his soldiers from the repair department are waiting for more work at the end as parachute master Christian is responsible for the special workshop here Schirrmeister who is something like a workshop manager, but they deliver to Customers here, not auto mobile, but barrels, heavy wheels and chain armor that's our alley.
I will say yes, the vehicles that come to drive to the site come here, we wait, we disassemble the brakes because then I go public we pack the vehicles the brakes the small box of almost three weeks of use in the training field has left its mark the mud the fluids find their way yes the brake drums we just want to try to play with the water outside we have to lower the vehicle everywhere be careful in the house barracks in Bad Frankenhausen lift platforms and Kra ne available the male variant is not much hotter because it is also a heavy device the massif can also traverse any terrain so enough for Commander Joshua and his crew the exercise is slowly coming to an end but the tanks have yet to be transportable they drive on articulated trucks the tank crews by bus back to Bad Frankenhausen in Thuringia are looking forward to the family, of course, already they are looking forward to me, especially of course our camp, our little one, they are already moderately excited, always before dad comes home and of course, me too a little three weeks, it was not too long, but yes, you still miss me for not having so much time in contact with each other, that's why it's good when the battalion runs out, they have to open their tanks completely.
So they go to the Netherlands, where they continue in the Erns in the tank simulator don't be prepared

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