bookBATTLE GRIFFIN - Multinational Exercise in the Land of the Vikings

By Clemens Niesner

Tankograd Missions & Manoeuvres No 7002.
Soft cover, A4 size, 64 pages

Review by Peter Brown

As readers will know, the Vikings came from Norway and this study covers the exercise of the Multi-National Task Force of the title staged in Norway held in March 2005. In common with other Tankograd books, it has dual German and English text and photo captions.

The account begins with the background to the exercise from a fictionalised Balkan-style conflict, a breakdown of the Norwegian, German, American, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, Italian, Belgian, Danish, French, Polish and Spanish contingents taking part. Most of the book is a photographic record of the exercise day-by-day, and shows the troops in the field which at the time was snow-covered.

With such a diverse makeup to the MNTF the equipment shown is very varied. Some countries use similar vehicles, such as CV90 series infantry fighting vehicles in Norwegian and Swedish hands, Daimler-Benz and Mercedes-Benz along with Land-Rover and HMMWV 4x4s with several forces, Leopard 1A5NO2 with associated ARVs and bridgelayers, Bv206 and SISU over-snow vehicles very much in their element. XA-185 and LAV wheeled APCs including some in very inappropriate colours, M113 in various forms, Swedish-owned Pbv402 MT-LB along with trucks, troops and helicopters.

These make for good model subjects, with difference colour schemes and markings though some subjects are not available in kit form.

Available from Tankograd Militarfahrzeug distributors. For more details contact the publishers Verlag Jochen Vollert on My thanks to Justin Gainham at Bookworld for the review copy.

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