Tank vs Car in Augustdorf Germany

Multiple news sources are reporting about an incident involving a German learner driver and a British Challenger tank in Augustdorf, Germany.  The 18-year-old driver made the mistake of turning into a column of British tanks that were on the move.  The British soldier at the controls of the tank behind her had no time to stop, but managed to turn so that he crushed the engine of the car.  The 18-year-old woman, who has not been named under German privacy laws, escaped unharmed.  Her Toyota hatchback did not fare so well against the 62-tonne Challenger tank, being completely flattened forward of the steering wheel.  The area where the accident took place is well known for tank convoys passing through.  British army bases at Herford and Paderborn are nearby, and it is used as a military training area by the German army and its Nato allies.


British Army has twice as many horses than tanks

horsesThe Mirror is reporting that the British Army has twice as many horses than tanks currently.  Obviously, these horses are not used in actual military service but rather are for ceremonial purposes.  The Mirror is a tabloid and the article is written in a rather sensationalist style, including a rather ridiculous online poll asking people “What would you rather ride into battle, a tank or a horse?”  That said, the article does point out the effects that budget cuts have had on the British Military, which currently has a total number of 227 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks with another 141 Challenger variants in use.  The article notes that currently there are 485 horses in service with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the Household Division and at the Defence Animal Centre.