Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have taken part in an exercise in West Germany.
GV British 105 mm gun firing.
SV Soldiers loading and firing gun. (2 SHOTS)
GV Helicopter hovering overhead.
GV Soldiers being drilled. (4 SHOTS)
GV Soldiers practising firing rifles. (3 SHOTS)
GV Rifles lined up on the ground.
GV Soldiers standing by as others fire guns. (3 SHOTS)
GV Helicopters flying overhead.
GV Helicopters lifting gun off the ground.
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Background: Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have taken part in an exercise in West Germany. The Allied Command Europe Mobile Force (Land component) held the exercise, codenamed "Ardent Ground 82" at Baumholder firing range on Wednesday (12 May). "Ardent Ground" is the annual firing practice of the Allied Mobile Force (AMF), a mobile multi-national conventional force which can be sent at short notice to any threatened part of the Western Alliance's territory. The land component of the force is made up of units from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom and the United States. As rapid deployment is one of the key factors in its success, the AMF relies upon its exercises to maintain efficiency. The men are given the chance to use other countries' material and equipment to ensure that, if needed, multinational batteries would provide an effective fire support. All batteries are drilled to deploy guns by helicopter, using British Pumas and German Hueys from the Force Helicopter Unit. Field exercises such as "Ardent Ground" are important training for the AMF, but they play another role. They show potential aggressors that the Force is always prepared for deployment, and that all members of the Alliance are willing to assist one another.