• Short Summary

    Tank units from West Germany, Britain and Holland lined up for battle on a field in the Hone Ranges in West Germany on Wednesday (26th September).

  • Description

    Tank units from West Germany, Britain and Holland lined up for battle on a field in the Hone Ranges in West Germany on Wednesday (26th September). At stake were places in a gunnery competition. The three teams - the Germans and Dutch in Leopold tanks, and the English in Chieftains - were vying for the Canadian Army Trophy.

    The Trophy was donated in 1963 for NATO Tank Gunnery units stationed in Central Europe. The competition took the from of fire and movement practices by pairs of tanks, and each team scored for their speed and accuracy in firing at a target within a time limit of 30 seconds. Its aim is to improve the standard of tank gunnery within the Allied Forces. Each team fielded six primary tanks and two reserve tanks under a team captain, and with eight crew members. They were given bonus points for ammunition and time saved during the operations.

    The competition was divided into two sections, one for overall competence, the other for individual tank crews. Germany won the overall section, with England the runner up. The roles were reversed in the second section for individual teams - England came in first, followed by Germany and Holland. This year, because of changes in equipment, the United States, Belgium, Canada and Luxembourg could not compete.

    SYNOPSIS: A British tank unit lines up for battle on a field in West Germany on Wednesday. Their foe - Germany and Holland. The prize - the Canadian Army Trophy, which is presented to the best tank gunnery unit in the NATO forces.

    The Trophy was donated in 1963 for tank units stationed in Central Europe. The competition took the form of fire and movement practices by paris of tanks.

    Each team scored for their speed and accuracy in firing at a target, within a time limit of thirty seconds. They were given bonus points for ammunition and time saved. The Germans, in Leopold tanks, won the overall competition. The English team were runners up.

    The Dutch team, who also competed in Leopolds, took third place.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2VHNCIWXLVT6X4I63YIRCZLPW
    Media URN:
    VLVA2VHNCIWXLVT6X4I63YIRCZLPW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/09/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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