Tanks a lot: Germany wins Strong Europe Tank Challenge

Leopard 2A6 tanks helped Germany win the Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2016! (Image: US Army/public domain)

Leopard 2A6 tanks helped Germany win the Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2016! (Image: US Army/public domain)

Sure, Germany may have come last in the Eurovision Song Contest but at least other countries know to watch out on the battlefield. That's because Germany came out on top in the 2016 Strong Europe Tank Challenge!

The competition was hosted in Bavaria by the US Army and the German Bundeswehr as an opportunity to train and show off the firepower of six NATO nations. 

Tank crews are tested in categories such as vehicle identification, battle damage assessment, mounted orienteering, camouflage and dealing with improvised bombs. 

Germany's Mountain Panzer Battalion 7, Panzer Brigade 12 were the top team using the Leopard 2A6 - a model which improves upon the Cold War-era Leopard 2. The United States failed to gain a place on the winner's podium.

“It was challenging, but it was a lot of fun,” said German tank commander Staff Sgt. Tim Walter, according to Stars and Stripes. “We’re all happy... we worked so hard for this.”