Soldier Dies During NATO Exercise in Bavaria

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.13 - 2024 10:55 AM CET

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
28-year-old soldier dies during NATO training exercise.

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A Dutch soldier, aged 28, lost his life during a NATO training exercise at the Hohenfels military base in Bavaria. The accident took place during a maneuver involving thousands of NATO troops in the region.

The tragic event unfolded on Tuesday afternoon, as reported by the Dutch Ministry of Defense.

The incident involved a CV90 armored personnel carrier during which the young first lieutenant was critically injured, and a 24-year-old colleague sustained minor injuries.

Despite immediate resuscitation efforts at the scene, the severely wounded soldier succumbed to his injuries after being transported to a hospital.

The circumstances leading to the accident remain unclear, prompting the Royal Military Police to initiate an investigation.

The deceased and the injured soldier were members of the 43rd Mechanized Brigade, based in Havelte.

This incident occurred amidst the "Allied Spirit 24" NATO exercise, led by the US Army alongside allies since February 26th. The training, taking place in Hohenfels and Grafenwöhr military training areas, involves around 6,000 soldiers focusing on collaborative military tactics and operations.

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