31 Jan '14, 3pm

American tanks return to Europe after brief leave

Related US Army's last tanks depart from Germany View Photo Gallery » The last of 29 M1A2 SEP Abrams tanks arrived at the Grafenwoehr railhead, Jan. 31, 2014. The tanks are part of a new set of heavy equipment positioned at the training base. Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Less than a year after they left European soil, American tanks have returned to military bases in Germany where they had been a heavy presence since World War II. In April last year, the last Abrams tanks left Germany, coinciding with a drawdown of U.S. forces that saw the inactivation of two infantry brigades — the 170th and 172nd. When the 22 M1A1 Abrams departed the continent it was seen as the end of an era, as tanks had been a fixture on American bases in Europe since landing at Omaha Beach in 1944. Now, it appears t...

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