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Germany: US Army's 'Dragoon Ride' met with protest in Vilseck00:56

Germany: US Army's 'Dragoon Ride' met with protest in Vilseck

Germany, Vilseck
April 1, 2015 at 01:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

The 'Dragoon Ride' convoy, a showcase of American and NATO firepower in eastern Europe, arrived in the German town of Vilseck on Wednesday for deployment at their 'Rose Barracks' garrison base. Scores of military vehicles crossed from the Czech Republic into Germany earlier in the day, the final stage of an operation that started in Tapa, Estonia on March 21. The column was greeted by a group of protesters as it neared its final destination. Demonstrators held aloft anti-US Army signs and chanted "Army go home" as the military vehicles rolled past.

The name of the ride derives from the nickname of the US Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 'the Second Dragoons.' Before reaching Germany, the convoy drove 1,100 miles (1,770 km) through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Conceived by Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the US Army commander in Europe, the operation features IAV Stryker armoured fighting vehicles and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWVs). The exercise is aimed at demonstrating the "strength and solidarity" of NATO in eastern Europe, according to US Army Europe spokesperson Lt. Col. Craig Childs.

Germany: US Army's 'Dragoon Ride' met with protest in Vilseck00:56
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The 'Dragoon Ride' convoy, a showcase of American and NATO firepower in eastern Europe, arrived in the German town of Vilseck on Wednesday for deployment at their 'Rose Barracks' garrison base. Scores of military vehicles crossed from the Czech Republic into Germany earlier in the day, the final stage of an operation that started in Tapa, Estonia on March 21. The column was greeted by a group of protesters as it neared its final destination. Demonstrators held aloft anti-US Army signs and chanted "Army go home" as the military vehicles rolled past.

The name of the ride derives from the nickname of the US Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 'the Second Dragoons.' Before reaching Germany, the convoy drove 1,100 miles (1,770 km) through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Conceived by Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the US Army commander in Europe, the operation features IAV Stryker armoured fighting vehicles and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWVs). The exercise is aimed at demonstrating the "strength and solidarity" of NATO in eastern Europe, according to US Army Europe spokesperson Lt. Col. Craig Childs.

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