The German Military troopers with the Augustdorf-based 203 Tank Battalion capped off their preparations for the improved Ahead Presence (eFP) mission within the Baltics. The spotlight of the demanding coaching cycle was the live-fire train performed on the German Military Fight Coaching Centre in Letzlingen. Moreover, the occasion noticed items and repair members from Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway who will serve in Lithuania alongside the German Military. Numbering roughly 1600 troopers, the multinational battlegroup will deploy to Rukla this summer time to contribute to the safety of NATO’s japanese flank. Since mid-Could, the multinational battalion led by Lieutenant Colonel Marco Maulbecker has undergone intensive coaching within the Altmark area. Troopers from the Netherlands, Belgium and Norway have been efficiently built-in into the unit. In future, the battlegroup might be strengthened by a Norwegian armoured infantry firm. 203 Tank Battalion gives the majority of forces for the twelfth rotation of the multinational battlegroup in Lithuania.

A Dutch soldier goals the RAFAEL Gil anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at a goal. Prior to now the Gill has been known as the NT-G, the Spike because the NT-S. (Photograph by Carl Schulze/Bundeswehr)

Main Basic Heico Hübner, Commander of 1 Armoured Division, and Brigadier Basic Willer had a close-up view of the train performed within the Altmark area. They had been capable of witness the battlegroup’s stage of proficiency first-hand. As the ultimate 72-hour train drew to a detailed, Hübner remarked:”This coaching rotation on the Fight Coaching Centre was wonderful. The nicely developed and demanding train situations had been the fruits of the preparatory coaching undergone by 203 Tank Battalion.”


When the troopers of the multinational fight battalion had been first introduced collectively on 18 Could, the main target lay on the important thing components of the joint conduct of fight operations. The German Military Fight Coaching Centre supplied splendid circumstances for practising the whole lot from the issuing of orders to communication by way of radio to precise fight. Items on train are supported by very skilled instructors who’re on web site with the troopers and supply recommendation on the stage of battalion commanders, firm commanders or platoon leaders. The Centre’s analysis group digitises train occasions to make them obtainable for evaluations.

An enemy main battle tank (red team) charges and fires at the tanks of the battlegroup
An enemy predominant battle tank (purple group) prices and fires on the tanks of the battlegroup. (Photograph by Nicolai Ulbrich /Bundeswehr)

This coaching rotation was supervised by Brigadier Basic Stephan Willer, Commander of 21 Armoured Brigade “Lipperland” based mostly in Augustdorf. Willer additionally praised the efficiency of the German unit throughout a “extremely demanding remaining train”, stating how impressed he was with the extent of dedication, motivation and proficiency exhibited by the women and men of the unit. He additionally discovered that interplay throughout the multinational battlegroup labored surprisingly nicely, and he was sure that the preliminary difficulties normally skilled had already been overcome. This summer time, the battlegroup will deploy to the Lithuanian city of Rukla, situated roughly 100 kilometres northwest of the nation’s capital Vilnius, for a six-month rotation. The cohesion and fight effectiveness of the battlegroup, which is led by 203 Tank Battalion based mostly in Augustdorf, might be additional enhanced throughout a collection of workout routines and manoeuvres. The eFP mission serves to guard the Jap European states and deter threats towards the Alliance’s territory. Since its inception in 2017, the battlegroup in Lithuania has been below German command.

From a Fuchs armoured transport vehicle, Brigadier General Stephan Willer (left) and Major General Heico Hübner observe and evaluate the exercise
From a Fuchs armoured transport car, Brigadier Basic Stephan Willer (left) and Main Basic Heico Hübner observe and consider the train. (Photograph by Nicolai Ulbrich/Bundeswehr)

NATO has enhanced its presence within the japanese a part of the Alliance, with 4 multinational battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. These battlegroups, led by the UK, Canada, Germany and the US respectively, are multinational, and combat-ready, demonstrating the energy of the transatlantic bond. Their presence makes clear that an assault on one Ally might be thought of an assault on the entire Alliance. NATO’s battlegroups type a part of the most important reinforcement of NATO’s collective defence in a era. The Lithuania multinational battalion battle group is below the command of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf of the Lithuanian Land Forces and based mostly in Rukla. The battalion has a headquarters firm, three to 4 fight firms and varied help items. The battle group is led by Germany. Every rotation lasts six months.

German Army 203 Tank Battalion Prepares to Take Command of eFP Battlegroup Lithuania
All through the 72 hours of the ultimate train, the car crews face a set of difficult situations. This marks the spotlight of the preparation for the deployment to Lithuania. (Photograph by Nicolai Ulbrich/Bundeswehr)

Story by Multinational Corps Northeast Public Affairs Workplace / Authentic story by Nicolai Ulbrich and Martin Waltemathe (German Armed Forces)