“The troops can fight without us but if we’re not there, they’ve got no means of transport. If the vehicles break down, they have to walk.” Trident Juncture 2018 – the largest NATO exercise in 25 years. In autumn 2018, thousands of troops and vehicles, and dozens of aircraft and ships were moved to Norway. They were transported by boat, rail, road and plane. Several million tons of equipment were moved by the Bundeswehr alone a logistical tour de force. The multinational logistic support battalions made an important contribution. They were responsible for transportation, maintenance, supplies and much more. Norwegian weather – a challenge for troops and equipment. During a convoy operation, a truck’s engine breaks down, and with it the power steering. The vehicle veers off the road and cannot be repaired in that location. The convoy leader reports the incident to his superiors. Personnel from the logistic support battalion are on hand to assess the situation. The platoon leader issues instructions: “Move crane forward; level up with 10-tonner; pull back 10-tonner; then approach with Bison recovery vehicle; deploy wheel lift; and recover.” First, they use a crane. The truck-mounted crane can lift up to 20 tons, and has numerous other functions. The crane’s winch pulls the heavily laden vehicle out of the ditch. Then the Bison recovery vehicle is used to tow the truck. A wheel lift is used to raise the front axle and the vehicle can be towed away on its rear wheels. After the successful recovery, the truck is transported to a temporary maintenance facility where repairs can be carried out. 100 km away. Maintenance personnel of the logistic support battalion are working on the Marder, Leopard and other vehicles in a maintenance facility of the Norwegian army, not far from the combat troops. The Norwegian ground is difficult for the vehicles to cope with. This makes a lot of work for the mechanics. “Yesterday we worked until 2 AM and our other two sergeants weren’t finished until 4 AM. We had to work till 4 AM the night before as well…” “We get a lot of damaged chassis. There are stones the size of footballs round here, and when you drive tanks off-road, the stones can easily get caught up in the suspension and just push the wheels out.” “The Norwegians are very helpful. It makes all the difference actually. We’re really happy with the support we’ve had from them. So many tools lying around. It’s a dream come true for a mechanic, it really is! The equipment here is just amazing.” Trident Juncture 2018 was a major effort for everyone involved – and it was worth it. Combat troops and support elements, NATO and the Bundeswehr: together they have shown that they can protect the territory of the Alliance.