Tuesday, May 17, 2016

M1A2 Abrams didn’t place.


Six NATO countries squared off last week in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge, a two-day competition that pitted some of the alliance’s best tank crews against each another in a series of events centered on armored warfare. The challeng was the first of its kind there since 1991.

The challenge featured seven tank platoons in total. Denmark, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Poland all competed with one platoon, while the United States sent two. Each platoon included four tanks manned by four men. Germany took the gold in its Leopard 2A6 tanks, followed by Denmark and Poland in second place and third place respectively, while the U.S. Army in the M1A2 Abrams didn’t place.
I am mildly surprised that the Abrams tank, the preeminent tank in the world just 8 years ago, had lost some edge;  but JFC! The U.S. Army in the M1A2 Abrams didn’t place?  And that's against NATO tanks. 

Like all of you, the Obama occupation has been a nightmare event for me; but I, we here, have done just about all we could do without .. you know—being responsible for a slew of Obama Highs, and Obama  airports.   However, and I'm not making this up, while I am grateful for a long life of living in the greatest country the world has known, a current blessing is that I am 95 years old, and waiting for my ship to sail into the sunset.  Oh, one other thing, knowing my kids will eventually say, "Mom and Dad were right." 


Tom said...

Perhaps the Fwench were the judges.

Wabano said...

Oh, well...Pooty Poot's Armata tank had to be towed off Red Square...


Anonymous said...

You are pulling our leg about the 95 thing, right? Anyway I wouldn't necessarily count that as a blessing, I think a 50 year old could live out a reasonably good life. Like the stock market major changes always take longer than you think and this country still has a lot of accumulated wealth to squander.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Fought with Pershing!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm…we wonder how a platoon of Israeli Merkava Mk4 tanks might have fared…?

Ann Hedonia & Sam Paku

Anonymous said...

Fought with Pershing! ??
C'mon Rodge, you're like an old woman, hedging on your age. You told me you were with Teddy Roosevelt at San Juan Hill.
I rode with Pershing on the Mexican Punitive Expedition, and I'm much younger than you.
Lt. Col. Gen. Tailgunner dick

Anonymous said...

Its a test against European pacifists, it was probably judged on most artistic decorations.

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