The reports from OP2 (one kilometer southwest of Coppenbrugge) were ominous: the Soviet tide of tanks had no apparent end.
|German dismounts at OP2 gauging the enemy tanks advancing west. Note the T-72 tank in the background.|
|The only Leopard tank survivor from 2nd Platoon takes position at BP2. The crossings through PL Navajo are near the double smoke stacks in the background (left). On the right (background) the urban sprawl of Hameln.|
BP2 was a hill topped with a tiny suburb named Rohrsen. The two Leopard tank platoons had issues negotiating the narrow streets and steep slopes in this built up area. By the time the Leopards were going back and forth in the streets, the Soviets were getting ready to cross PL Navajo. Not only the enemy was at the gates, there were few German tanks to fire at them.
|This enemy T-72 was hit by tank fires from BP2. First immobilized and then destroyed.|
|Unable to find a covered position, the Leopards at BP2 get hammered by T-72s crossing PL Navajo. With another tank destroyed, 1st and 4th Platoon completely withdraw from BP2.|
|1st and 4th Platoon "pursuing" the enemy. The terrain offered little opportunities for cover, so a great emphasis was made on engaging at maximum range.|
|A Leopard from 1st Platoon destroys a straggler T-72 from a few meters south of PL Navajo. No other targets found near the crossing, the other T-72s have certainly made a thunder run through the city.|
|Tanks from the 4th Platoon moving through the streets of Hameln.|
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