Ukraine’s Game Changer: A Super-Sized Gift From Germany That Could Shift Direction of the War

Germany has given Ukraine a remarkable gift that could shift the momentum of the war effort against Russia.

Germany’s Secret Weapon

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In a stunning twist, Ukraine is set to deploy a formidable arsenal against Russia – Cold War-era German battle tanks.

The Leopard Tank Reinvented

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As The New York Times reported, Germany’s generous move saw 10 decommissioned Leopard 1A5 tanks shipped to Ukraine last month.

From Super Cars to Super-Sized Tanks

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These tanks, designed by none other than Porsche, better known for its luxury cars, were manufactured by Krauss-Maffei in West Germany.

A Historical Battle Beast

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The Leopard tank, born in 1965, last saw action with the German army in 2000. The 1A5 model, a product of the 1980s, now rides into a new era.

A Warehouse War Resurrection

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Left dormant in European warehouses for years, over 100 German tanks were given a new lease on life when the German government approved their donation to Ukraine in February.

An Aging Titan’s Strength

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Despite their age, experts and German officials vouch for the Leopard 1A5’s combat prowess.

Night-Vision and More

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Lt. Gen. Andreas Marlow, overseeing Germany’s training program for Ukrainians, highlighted the Leopard’s night-vision and weapons-stabilization system.

Unlike many older tanks in Ukraine’s arsenal, it can be driven in reverse.

User-Friendly and Versatile

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Marlow further praised the Leopard 1A5 for its user-friendliness, easier maintenance, and repair compared to its modern counterpart, the Leopard 2A6.

Age Is Just a Number

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A Ukrainian tank commander known only as “Bassist” emphasized that age is irrelevant in the hands of a professional.

A Viable Option

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Military expert Christian Mölling at the German Council on Foreign Relations deemed the Leopard 1 tanks a solid choice.

Training Ground in Germany

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Since February, Ukrainian tank crews have been honing their skills in Germany, mastering the Leopard 1A5 and other vital weapon systems donated to Ukraine.

A Rigorous Training Regimen 

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With a grueling six-day-a-week, six-week training schedule, these tank crews are ready to unleash their newfound expertise back home.

Germany’s Confident Pledge

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Germany’s commitment to Ukraine extends far beyond tanks. The Times reported that they aimed to train a whopping 10,000 Ukrainian troops in 2023.

A Broader European Effort

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Germany’s contribution aligns with the European Union’s promise to train 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers by the end of 2023, as reported by The Brussels Times.

Game-Changer Unleashed

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Ukraine’s newfound weapon, the Leopard 1A5, emerges as a potential game-changer in the ongoing conflict with Russia.

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