Stumbling into World War 3: The US and Germany Agree to Send Battle Tanks to Ukraine
Basically, this is the official entry of Poland and the United States of Retardation into the war.
If you think Ukrainians will be driving these things around then I have a bridge over to Crimea to sell you.
The only way for these tanks to be used effectively is with NATO tank crews. You don’t just hand over the keys to a tank and say have at it.
It takes months if not years to learn how to operate and be combat effective.
And for the M1 Abrams that means 4 crew members, the tank commander being the most experienced. And tanks require constant maintenance, especially the Abrams, so that means training repair crews and parts.
Reading between the lines what these Deep State swamp creatures are saying is that NATO tank crews will roll into battle against Russia.
And that means World War Three.
Starting to get the picture? Are you OK with that?
Scholz's decision was made possible after Biden agreed to send U.S. Abrams tanks as well. In the end, seems like the Chancellor prevailed with his insistence that both Germany and the U.S. must send modern Western tanks:https://t.co/JFpCYmfOvW
— Hans von der Burchard (@vonderburchard) January 24, 2023
Imagine German and American tanks on the steppe of Ukraine attacking Russians…
Scholz greenlighted tank transfers from other countries and Germany also is sending tanks to the Ukraine.
This is a huge virtue signal.
Of course it might help a little bit, but tanks don’t make a difference in this war.
When is the last time you’ve even seen tanks doing anything from either side?
Not since the summer.
Non paywall source:
Germany is said to have decided to supply at least 14 Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine. In addition, the government allows other countries to make their own deliveries.
After months of debate, a decision has now been made: Germany will deliver Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine . T-online learned this from coalition circles. The “Spiegel” and the news channel n-tv had previously reported. This involves at least one company of Leopard 2 A6s, which corresponds to fourteen vehicles.
Other countries, including Scandinavia, should also be allowed to send German-made battle tanks to Ukraine. According to the reports, the federal government wants to grant approval for this. The German tanks are said to come from Bundeswehr stocks. In the medium to long term, industrial tanks are to follow. A government spokesman declined to comment on the report when asked by t-online. The Federal Ministry of Economics also did not want to comment when asked by the German Press Agency.
According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the 2A5 and 2A6 tank types have the greatest utility for Ukraine, as they are also superior to the newer Russian models.
Strack-Zimmermann: Decision was “inevitable”
The chairman of the FDP parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, Christian Dürr, praises the decision of the Chancellery. “Today the Chancellor made a decision that no one took lightly. The fact that Germany will support Ukraine with the Leopard tank is a strong sign of solidarity,” Dürr told t-online.
“We must always be aware that Ukraine is not only defending itself, but also the values and beliefs that we share. It is therefore right that we support Kiev with all our might,” Dürr continued.
His party colleague and chair of the defense committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, said the decision was tough and took far too long, but was ultimately “inevitable”. It is “redeeming news for the battered and brave Ukrainian people”.
The deputy chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag, Thomas Erndl (CSU), made a similar statement. The step was “inevitable”. With regard to Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), he criticized: “As with all previous commitments, this decision was only made under maximum external pressure.” Scholz’s “massive decision-making weakness” caused an enormous loss of confidence in Europe and the USA .
Leopard is used by many armies
A big advantage of the tank is its widespread use: According to the manufacturer, 3,500 units were built, and 15 armies use it in Europe alone. This should also make maintenance easier. As early as September, the think tank European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) presented a plan for how Ukraine could quickly set up an initial brigade with around 90 Leopard 2s – enough to have a noticeable effect on the battlefield.
The Leopard 2’s 120mm gun would also give Ukraine access to modern NATO ammunition – ammunition for the 125mm guns of Ukraine’s Soviet tanks is apparently becoming increasingly difficult to organize.
Other countries could supply tanks
Before Germany, other countries had already declared their willingness to supply Leopard tanks. Above all Poland . If necessary, they want to form a “smaller coalition” with other countries, Prime Minister Morawiecki said at the weekend. It was not yet clear which states belonged to it.
According to the Polish Ministry of Defense, talks were held in Ramstein with representatives of 15 countries that use Leopard tanks. According to joint agreements, these could be transferred to Ukraine. Apparently, Poland is ready to give up 14 of its 247 Leopard tanks within the alliance . Finland , which owns around 200 Leopard 2 tanks, has already said it will deliver if Germany agrees.
Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania asked Germany at the weekend to quickly release Leopard main battle tanks for Ukraine. However, the three Baltic States themselves do not have any corresponding models. The same applies to Great Britain , which, however, has already announced the delivery of 14 Challenger 2 tanks. Spain also announced in the summer that it might be possible to sell older Leopard tanks. But that is no longer an issue, said Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
USA considers delivery of Abrams tanks
But the delivery of other types of tanks is currently being discussed. According to media reports, the US government is considering supplying Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine.