Stars and Stripes: Germany’s Leopard tanks prove vulnerable in Islamic State fight

Stars and Stripes has posted an article on German made Leopard 2 tanks in service with Turkey being destroyed in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria.

c0efwp5wiaao1_zKAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The reputation of Germany’s vaunted Leopard 2 tank, which forms the mainstay of NATO’s armored forces, has taken a pounding in battles with Islamic State militants in Syria.

At least 10 of the 60-ton main battle tanks have been destroyed during a Turkish attempt to recapture the strategically important northern town of al-Bab, located just 15 miles south of the Turkish border, media reports have said.

The Turks have deployed several thousand soldiers in the operation, which began in September. But despite airstrikes by Russian warplanes in support of the advancing troops, they have been unable to take the town in the face of determined opposition.

Several dozen Turkish soldiers and local allies have died in the combat. Germany’s Die Welt newspaper said at least 10 Leopard 2s were destroyed and many others damaged in street fighting on the outskirts of al-Bab. The rebels are said to have used both U.S.-made TOW and Russian Kornet anti-tank missiles in attacks on the tanks.

Read the full article at Stars and Stripes.

Video: Tour of Austrian Army Leopard 2

This video appeared on youtube recently and shows the host of the show, Novritsch, getting a tour of an Austrian Army Leopard 2A4 tank.  The host is obviously not very familiar with tanks and his commentary is slightly annoying, although we suppose it’s intended as humorous.  Regardless, there is a good bit of nice footage showing the interior of the tank that viewers may find of interest.