Since its inception in 1949, NATO has been a community of free nations brought together with a common goal, to defend the freedom of Western Europe and North America. To do this Canada, France, Netherlands, and Belgium deploy armoured and mechanised forces in West Germany. Old allies have also been called on, and an ANZAC Brigade of Australian and New Zealand troops have answered the call to fight.
Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, and Australia all have 105mm armed Leopard 1 tanks, while Canada, Belgium, and the ANZACs have M113 mechanised infantry. Both Canada and Australia are also trialling new heavy tanks, the Leopard 2 for Canada and the M1A1 Abrams for the Australians. France has its own 105mm armed AMX-30 and new 120mm armed Leclerc tanks, while infantry travel in AMX-10P IFVs or 4x4 VAB APCs. The Dutch also have new Leopard 2 tanks and mount their infantry in YPR-765 IFVs and the Belgians also have the similar AIFV-B-C25 IFV.
Recon options include the Canadian Lynx and Dutch M113 C&V tracked vehicles, Belgium Scimitars and Scorpions, and the heavily armed French AMX-10 RC armoured car and lighter VBLs. Among the many support choices there are Canadian, Dutch, and Belgian M109 artillery, French rapid-fire AMX AuF1 SP 155mm howitzers, Canadian ADATS, French Roland and Mephisto, and Dutch PRAT missile vehicles.