Ahhh…you haven’t really been in the Army until you’ve worked with tracked vehicles in the mud. Just look at the guy in our pic of the day. He’s miserable in only a way that the armed forces can facilitate. Still, it’s work that must be done, and he’s giving it his all.

Today, I’m featuring a photo of some German PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers taken near Pabradė Lithuania during exercise Ramming Bull. Which, by the way, was one of the cooler named NATO training exercises in recent memory.

A Little About Ramming Bull

Exercise Ramming Bull was a series of live-fire exercises conducted by the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group, led by Germany, in Lithuania. The exercise aimed to test the readiness, cohesiveness, and interoperability of the battle group. Participants included troops from Belgium, Germany, Lithuania, the United States, and the Netherlands​.


Held in Pabrade, Lithuania, from November 18 to 29, 2023, the exercise involved multinational troops, including U.S. Army Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment “Hound Battalion,” 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. This exercise was the third major iteration of exercises conducted by the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment in Lithuania. It followed a series of internal training events and the Strong Griffin exercise conducted alongside Lithuanian forces earlier in November. Ramming Bull enabled the Hound Battalion to operate at platoon, company, and battalion levels in live-fire events with NATO allies. It involved the use of main battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, artillery systems such as mortars, M109A7 Paladin howitzers, and CH-47 Chinook helicopters for troop and equipment movement​.

A key aspect of Exercise Ramming Bull was to enhance the understanding of interoperability among NATO allies at both technical and tactical levels. This exercise allowed leaders to observe, teach, coach, and mentor peers and subordinates. The interoperability element enabled the testing of direct and indirect fire assets and the effective integration of forces at various levels, from battalion to individual soldiers, providing a multinational perspective on live-fire operations​.

Additionally, working alongside other NATO allies during the exercise offered multiple training opportunities. It enabled the participants to learn and improve technical and tactical methods, particularly the shoot-move-communicate approach in battle situations. This interoperability was crucial for NATO allies to better understand each other and develop a more effective force for future operations​.