INTRODUCTION: Teams from six NATO countries have been competing in a tank gunnery contest in West Germany.
GV Entrance to competition range. (2 SHOTS)
GV Shooting range.
SV Belgian Leopard tank lines up with laser and fires and target is hit. (2 SHOTS)
LV & GV Moving Belgian tank fires and hits target. (2 SHOTS)
CU Observer watching as another Belgian tank fires. (2 SHOTS)
LV & SV Spectators watch as three German Leopard tanks fire. (2 SHOTS)
LV Targets being hit.
LV German tank on move fires and misses. (2 SHOTS)
SV German tank crew watches as US M60 tank fires twice and hits are registered around target. (4 SHOTS)
SV U.S. servicemen applaud as their tanks return from range.
CU & SV Observer watches as British Chieftain tank fires. (2 SHOTS)
LV Target area.
LV British tanks approach targets firing machineguns.
CU Winning trophy and final scoreboard. (2 SHOTS)
SV Trophy presented to captain of winning German team who holds it aloft as officers and men applaud. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Teams from six NATO countries have been competing in a tank gunnery contest in West Germany. Crews from Germany, Great Britain, the US, the Netherlands, Belgium and Canada took part in the event, which is unofficially known as the Tank Olympics.
SYNOPSIS: The competition is properly called the Canadian Army Trophy. Canada initiated the contest in 1963, and this year it was hosted by the United States. From Monday (15 June) until Friday (19 June) the six teams battled it out at the US Army ranges in Grafenwoehr, southern Germany. A Belgian Leopard tanks uses a laser beam to home in on its targets.
The Belgians produced one of the biggest surprises when they took the lead in the competition after two high scoring battleruns.
But it was the German team of Leopard tanks that scored the highest points for single battlerun.
The Germans started as favourites, with their main rivals tipped as the Canadians and the Americans.
Four teams from each country had to hit a variety of fixed and moving targets, as well as hit secondary targets with machine guns.
Host country, the US, has never won the trophy, but one American official predicted this year's competition would be very close and exciting. The American Army M60 tank crews got plenty of local support for their efforts, which took them to third place behind Germany and Belgium.
The Canadian Army Trophy is regarded as the most important tank gunnery contest in the NATO Alliance.
The British team, comprising men of the Queen's Own Hussars, could finish only in fifth place, mainly because of a poor shooting round on Tuesday.
This year's placings - Germany, Belgium second, United States third, Canada fourth, United Kingdom fifth and the Netherlands sixth. The Canadian Army Trophy is a model of a Centurion tank in silver, this being the main battle tank of the Canadians when they initiated the contest.