February 07, 2023 15:57 GMT
Germany Approves 178 Leopard 1 Tanks For Ukraine-Der Spiegel
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Germany's Der Spiegel reporting that the gov't Security Council has approved the sending of 178 Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine to assist in the war effort (link: https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/bundesr...). This number is a significantly larger provision than the donation of 88 Leopard 1's many outlets had expected from Germany several days ago.
- The Leopard 1's have an effective 105mm main cannon, but lack the thicker armour of its more modern Leopard 2 successor. Nevertheless, the sizeable donation from Germany should provide significant firepower for Ukrainian forces as it seeks to repel any Russian offensive in the south or east as winter turns to spring.