- Title: GERMANY: RUSSIAN AND U.S SOLDIERS TAKE PART IN JOINT EXERCISES
- Date: 2nd June 2005
- Summary: (BN15) GRAFENWOEHR, GERMANY (JUNE 2, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. VARIOUS OF U.S. SOLDIER ADDRESSING GROUP OF AMERICAN AND RUSSIAN SOLDIERS, RUSSIAN SOLDIER TRANSLATING 0.12 2. CLOSE OF ROW OF BOOTS 0.16 3. CLOSE-UP OF RUSSIAN SOLDIER, PAN TO RUSSIAN EMBLEM ON UNIFORM 0.25 4. WIDE OF GROUP OF RUSSIAN SOLDIERS 0.30 5. CLOSE OF U.S. SOLDIER AIMING WITH RIFLE 0.35 6. SLV U.S. SOLDIER LYING ON GROUND, AIMING 0.40 7. SLV U.S. SOLDIER BRIEFING OTHER U.S. SOLDIERS ABOUT RIFLE HE IS HOLDING IN HIS HAND 0.50 8. WIDE OF TANK WITH SOLDIERS IN FOREGROUND 0.55 9. CLOSE OF "ANGRY PENGUIN" WRITTEN ON TANK'S CANNON 1.01 10. SLV RUSSIAN SOLDIERS STANDING ON TOP OF AMERICAN TANK 1.05 11. SLV U.S. AND RUSSIAN SOLDIERS TALKING TO EACH OTHER WITH TANK DRIVING PAST IN BACKGROUND 1.15 12. CLOSE-UP OF RUSSIAN SOLDIER ON TOP OF TANK 1.17 13. WIDE OF U.S. AND RUSSIAN SOLDIERS ON TOP OF TANK 1.23 14. CLOSE OF U.S. FLAG EMBLEM ON UNIFORM 1.27 15. SLV SOLDIER WATCHING TANK DRIVING PAST 1.33 16. CLOSE OF TANKS TRACKS 1.40 17. WIDE OF TANK DRIVING OFF 1.47 18. WIDE OF TANK FIRING 1.53 19. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHAEL S. TUCKER, U.S. ARMY BRIGADIER GENERAL SAYING: "This is the first time we have trained with Russians at this level. We have done some exchanges with them but this exercise is an exercise at multi echelons. What you are seeing out here today on this range is soldiers are shooting live fire tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles and our sniping weapons. Elsewhere here at the installation we got Russian and U.S. brigade staff conducting a war game and a division level staff that's integrated with both Russians and Americans on the staff together in a larger war game. It's the first time we've ever done it at this scale." 2.30 20. WIDE OF TANK FIRING 2.38 21. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHAEL S. TUCKER, U.S. ARMY BRIGADIER GENERAL SAYING: "We thought there were many differences before we began the exercise. What we discovered is that we are two great armies of professionals separated by a language. There is really no other differences between us. We have found that their doctrine and their tactics are identical to ours and the way we approach war fighting and the way we approach military decision making is all but identical." 3.08 22. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (English) DOUGLAS HENDERSON, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST OF 1ST ARMOURED DIVISION SAYING: "All the soldiers love the Americans, they love hanging out with us, we love hanging out with them. From what I could tell there was really not any kind of hostility between the two countries. I believe that's almost in the past." 3.23 23. PAN FROM CAMOUFLAGED SOLDIER TO RUSSIAN SOLDIER LYING ON GROUND AIMING 3.31 24. CLOSE-UP OF RUSSIAN EMBLEM ON UNIFORM 3,35 25. SLV SOLDIER LOOKING THROUGH VIEWFINDER/ AIMING WEAPON 3.40 26. CLOSE-UP OF SOLDiER'S FACE 3.45 27. PAN FROM BULLETS ON GROUND TO SOLDIER AIMING/LOOKING THROUGH NIGHT VISION VIEWFINDER 3.52 28. WIDE OF SOLDIERS WITH LIVE FIRING EXERCISE IN PROGRESS 3.58 CLOSE OF GUN BEING FIRED/ BELT OF AMMUNITION BEING FED INTO GUN 4.06 29. WIDE OF TARGETS IN FIELD BEING HIT 4.11 30. CLOSE OF TARGETS BEING HIT 4.17 31. VARIOUS OF ROW OF FIRING SOLDIERS 4.28 32. SLV RUSSIAN AND U.S. SOLDIERS EMBRACING AND SHAKING HANDS 4,35 33. SLV RUSSIAN SOLDIER CHECKING WEAPON 4.42 34. CLOSE OF RUSSIAN EAGLE EMBLEM ON UNIFORM, PAN TO SOLDIERS WALKING PAST 4.55 35. VARIOUS OF U.S. SOLDIER TELLING RUSSIAN SOLDIERS EVERYTHING WENT REALLY WELL BUT THAT THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION BECAUSE OF LANGUAGE BARRIER, TRANSLATOR TRANSLATING INTO RUSSIAN 5,11 36. WIDE OF RUSSIAN SOLDIERS APPLAUDING 5.21 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 17th June 2005 13:00
- Location: GRAFENWOEHR, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVAEMNQ6BEIM57AYAJB15UE5P5E3
- Story Text: U.S. and Russian soldiers hold joint live firing
exercises in Germany to "share battle skills," discover
language is only difference between them.
Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 1st Armoured Division
and Russian Army soldiers have trained together in southern
Germany on Thursday (June 2, 2005) "to share battle skills" and
to hold live firing drills.
The exercises, which last from May 23 to June 3 near
the Bavarian town of Grafenwoehr, are the first time
Russian soldiers use American weapons and tanks, according
to an U.S. Army spokesman.
Earlier joint U.S.-Russian exercises were considered
"strategy exchanges," the spokesman said.
The "Torgau 2005" exercise, named after the eastern
German town where U.S. and Soviet soldiers first met during
the final days of World War Two, "marks the first time that
frontline soldiers train together in a field setting," a
U.S. Army statement said.
"This is the first time we have trained with Russians
at this level," U.S. Army brigadier general Michael S.
Tucker told Reuters Television.
"We have done some exchanges with them but this
exercise is an exercise at multi echelons."
And there were some surprises too, according to Tucker.
"We thought there were many differences before we began
the exercise," he said.
"What we discovered is that we are two great armies of
professionals separated by a language. There is really no
other differences between us."
"We have found that their doctrine and their tactics
are identical to ours and the way we approach war fighting
and the way we approach military decision making is all but
Similar exercises from "platoon size units to division
staff will be conducted in the Solnechhogorsk training area
in the Russian Federation and at Moscow's Russian Army
Combined Arms Academy."
"Infantrymen, tankers, artillerymen and combat
engineers will train their counterparts on their army's
equipment, share their battle skills and conduct live fire
battle drills during the exercise," the U.S. Army statement
"Torgau 2005 represents a continuing soldier-to-soldier
bond that began 60 years ago on the banks of the Elbe river
in eastern Germany," the American statement continued.
U.S. specialist Douglas Henderson said that "all the
soldiers love the Americans, they love hanging out with us,
we love hanging out with them."
"From what I could tell there was really not any kind
of hostility between the two countries. I believe that's
almost in the past."
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