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Canadian Army Trophy statistics, patches, scores, standings, videos, photos, and tanks used during the competitions

1963
Rank
Unit
Nation
Tank Type
     
M47 Patton
1
A Eskadron, 4e Lansiers
Belgium Belgium
M48A2C
2
2. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 83
Germany Germany
Centurion
3
41st Tankbataljon
Netherlands Netherlands
Centurion Mk.3
4
Fort Garry Horse
Canada Canada
Centurion
5
5th Royal Tank Regiment
Great Britain United Kingdom
 
August-December 1963
Bergen-Hohne, West Germany
Hosted by Canada

1964
Rank
Unit
Nation
Tank Type
     
M47 Patton
1
4e Lansiers
Belgium Belgium
M48A2C
2
2. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 83
Germany Germany
Centurion Mk.9
3
C 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own)
Great Britain United Kingdom
Centurion
4
B Eskadron, 43 Tankbataljon
Netherlands Netherlands
Centurion Mk.3
5
Fort Garry Horse
Canada Canada
 
5-9 October 1964
Bergen-Hohne, West Germany
Hosted by Canada
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1965
Rank
Unit
Nation
Tank Type
     
Centurion Mk.5
1
Royal Scots Greys
Great Britain United Kingdom
M47 Patton
2
2e Lansiers
Belgium Belgium
Centurion Mk.5
3
Fort Garry Horse
Canada Canada
Centurion
4
A Eskadron, 11 Tankbataljon
Netherlands Netherlands
M48A2C
5
2. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 83
Germany Germany
 
27 September-1 October 1965
Bergen-Hohne, West Germany
Hosted by Belgium
 

1966
Rank
Unit
Nation
Tank Type
     
Centurion
1
13th/18th Royal Hussars (QMO)
Great Britain United Kingdom
M47 Patton
2
4e Lansiers
Belgium Belgium
M48A2C
3
Panzerbataillon 324
Germany Germany
Centurion
4
Lord Strathcona's Horse (RC)
Canada Canada
Centurion
5
B Eskadron, 101 Tankbataljon
Netherlands Netherlands
 
5-9 September 1966
Bergen-Hohne, West Germany
Hosted by West Germany
 

1967
Rank
Unit
Nation
Tank Type
     
Centurion
1
B Sqd., Lord Strathcona's Horse (RC)
Canada Canada
Centurion
2
15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars
Great Britain United Kingdom
M47 Patton
3
4e Lansiers
Belgium Belgium
Leopard 1
4
3. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 83
Germany Germany
Centurion
5
41 Tankbataljon
Netherlands Netherlands
 
24-28 July 1967
Bergen-Hohne, West Germany
Hosted by United Kingdom
 

1968
Rank
Unit
Nation
Tank Type
     
M47 Patton
1
1er Lansiers
Belgium Belgium
Leopard 1
2
2. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 33
Germany Germany
Centurion Mk.5
3
Royal Scots Greys
Great Britain United Kingdom
Centurion
4
C Eskadron, 43 Tankbataljon
Netherlands Netherlands
Centurion
5
Lord Strathcona's Horse (RC)
Canada Canada
 
4-9 October 1968
Bergen-Hohne, West Germany
Hosted by The Netherlands
 

1970 - Competition change: tank sections, consisting of two tanks, are the competing elements.

1970
Rank
Unit
Nation
Tank Type
     
Chieftan Mk.3
1
16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers
Great Britain United Kingdom
Leopard 1
2
Panzerbataillon 33/34
Germany Germany
Centurion
3
Lord Strathcona's Horse (RC)
Canada Canada
 
20-22 May 1970
Bergen-Hohne, West Germany
Hosted by Canada
 

1973
Rank
Unit
Nation
Tank Type
     
Leopard 1
1
3. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 83
Germany Germany
Chieftan
2
A Sqd. Queen's Royal Irish Hussars
Great Britain United Kingdom
Leopard 1
3
B Eskadron, 11 Tankbataljon
Netherlands Netherlands
 
24-27 September 1973
Bergen-Hohne, West Germany
Hosted by West Germany
 

1975
Rank
Unit
 
Nation
Tank Type
     
Leopard 1A1A1
1
3. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 84
Germany Germany
Chieftan Mk.5
2
Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales' Own)
Great Britain United Kingdom
Leopard 1
3
2e Lansiers
Belgium Belgium
 
26-29 August 1975
Bergen-Hohne, West Germany
Hosted by Belgium
 

1977 - Competition change: 3-tank platoons (strong sections for 5-tank platoons) are the competing elements.

1977
Rank
Unit
 
Nation
Tank Type
     
Leopard 1A2
1
A Squadron, Royal Canadian Dragoons
Canada Canada
Leopard 1A1A1
2
Panzerbataillon 144
Germany Germany
Leopard 1
3
1er Lansiers
Belgium Belgium
Chieftan Mk. 2
4
C Squadron, 17th/21st Lancers
Great Britain United Kingdom
Leopard 1
5
B Eskadron, 11 Tankbataljon
Netherlands Netherlands
M60A1 RISE
6
C Company, 2nd Battalion, 81st Armor
United States United States
 
25-29 April 1977
Bergen-Hohne, West Germany
Hosted by United Kingdom
 

1979
Rank
Unit
 
Nation
Tank Type
     
Leopard 1A4
1
2. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 284
Germany Germany
Leopard 1A1
2
2e Lansiers
Belgium Belgium
Chieftan Mk.5
3
CAT Sqd. 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards
Great Britain United Kingdom
M60A1 RISE
4
M Co. 3rd Sqd. 2nd Armored Cavalry
United States United States
Leopard 1A3
5
A Squadron, Royal Canadian Dragoons
Canada Canada
 
28 May-1 June 1979
Bergen-Hohne, West Germany
Hosted by West Germany
 

1981 - Competition change: 4-tank platoons are the competing elements. The U.S. standard at the time was still a 5-tank platoon. A proportional scoring system is used for the British 3-tank platoons.

1981
Rank
Unit
 
Nation
Tank Type
     
Leopard 1A4
1
4. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 294
Germany Germany
Leopard 1A1
2
2e Lansiers
Belgium Belgium
M60A3
3
C Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Armor
United States United States
Leopard 1A3
4
A Squadron, Royal Canadian Dragoons
Canada Canada
Chieftan Mk.9
5
C Squadron, Queen's Own Hussars
Great Britain United Kingdom
Leopard 1A1
6
B Eskadron, 41 Tankbataljon
Netherlands Netherlands
 
12-19 June 1981
Grafenwöhr, West Germany
Hosted by United States
 

1983 - Competition change: the trophy is now awarded to the highest scoring Army Group, CENTAG (Central Army Group) or NORTHAG (Northern Army Group).

1983
Rank
Unit
Company Placement
Nation
Tank Type
1
CENTAG
 
M1 Abrams
1  
C Company, 3rd Battalion, 64th Armor
United States United States
Leopard 1A4
2  
2. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 293
Germany Germany
Leopard 1A4
5  
A Squadron, Royal Canadian Dragoons
Canada Canada
M60A3
7  
B Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Armor
United States United States
Leopard 1A2
10  
3. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 153
Germany Germany
Tank Type
2
NORTHAG
M60A1 RISE
3  
C Company, 2nd Battalion, 66th Armor
United States United States
Leopard 1A1A2
4  
4. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 74
Germany Germany
Leopard 1A1
6  
B Eskadron, 4e Lansiers
Belgium Belgium
Leopard 1A1A1
8  
B Eskadron, 11 Tankbataljon
Netherlands Netherlands
Chieftan Mk.7
9  
C Sqd. Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Great Britain United Kingdom
 
20-24 June 1983
Bergen-Hohne, West Germany
Hosted by NORTHAG
 
 
 
Country Placement
1
Germany Germany
2
United States United States
3
Canada Canada
4
Belgium Belgium
5
Netherlands Netherlands
6
Great Britain United Kingdom

1985
Rank
Unit
Company Placement
Nation
Tank Type
1
NORTHAG
 
Leopard 2
3  
A Eskadron, 43 Tankbataljon
Netherlands Netherlands
M1 Abrams
4  
C Company, 2nd Battalion, 66th Armor
United States United States
Leopard 2A0
5  
2. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 24
Germany Germany
Leopard 1A5
7  
2e Lansiers
Belgium Belgium
Chieftan Mk.7
8  
C Sqd. Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Great Britain United Kingdom
Tank Type
2
CENTAG
M1IP Abrams
1  
A Company, 3rd Battalion, 64th Armor
United States United States
Leopard 2A1
2  
2. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 244
Germany Germany
Leopard 1A1
6  
3. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 63
Germany Germany
M60A3
9  
B Company, 3rd Battalion, 32nd Armor
United States United States
Leopard 1A4
10  
B Squadron, Royal Canadian Dragoons
Canada Canada
 
10-14 June 1985
Bergen-Hohne, West Germany
Hosted by NORTHAG

 
 
 
 
Country Placement
1
Netherlands Netherlands
2
Germany Germany
3
United States United States
4
Belgium Belgium
5
Great Britain United Kingdom
6
Canada Canada

1987 - Competition change: team selection, rules and scoring have changed. 22,600 points is now the maximum score, reduced from the previous 28,100.

1987
Rank
Unit
Company Placement
Nation
Tank Type
1
CENTAG
 
Leopard 2
1  
4. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 124
Germany Germany
M1IP Abrams
2  
D Company, 4th Battalion, 8th Cavalry
United States United States
Leopard 2
3  
3. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 363
Germany Germany
Leopard 1A4
4  
C Squadron, Royal Canadian Dragoons
Canada Canada
M1IP Abrams
5  
A Company, 3rd Battalion, 64th Armor
United States United States
Tank Type
2
NORTHAG
M1IP Abrams
6  
D Company, 2nd Battalion, 66th Armor
United States United States
Leopard 2
7  
C Eskadron, 43 Tankbataljon
Netherlands Netherlands
Leopard 1A5
8  
A Eskadron, 4e Lansiers
Belgium Belgium
Leopard 1A1
9  
4. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 324
Germany Germany
Challenger 1
10  
B Squadron, The Royal Hussars
Great Britain United Kingdom
 
15-19 June 1987
Grafenwöhr, West Germany
Hosted by CENTAG
 
 
 
 
Country Placement
1
United States United States
2
Germany Germany
3
Canada Canada
4
Netherlands Netherlands
5
Belgium Belgium
6
Great Britain United Kingdom
   
 

1989 - Competition change: Night battle runs are incorporated into the competition.

1989
Rank
Unit
Company Placement
Nation
Tank Type
1
NORTHAG
 
Leopard 2A4
1  
A Eskadron, 41 Tankbataljon
Netherlands Netherlands
Leopard 2A4
3  
4. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 203
Germany Germany
Leopard 1A5
4  
2e Regiment de Guides
Belgium Belgium
M1A1 Abrams
 
C Company, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor
United States United States
Tank Type
2
CENTAG
Leopard 2A3
2  
3. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 123
Germany Germany
M1A1 Abrams
6  
D Company, 2nd Battalion, 64th Armor
United States United States
M1A1 Abrams
7  
C Company, 4th Battalion, 32nd Armor
United States United States
Leopard 1A4
8  
B Squadron, 8th Canadian Hussars
Canada Canada
 
19-23 June 1989
Bergen-Hohne, West Germany
Hosted by NORTHAG
 
 
 
 
Country Placement
1
Netherlands Netherlands
2
Germany Germany
3
Belgium Belgium
4
United States United States
5
Canada Canada

1991
Rank
Unit
Company Placement
Nation
Tank Type
1
NORTHAG
 
Leopard 2A4
1  
4. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 84
Germany Germany
Leopard 2A4
3  
C Eskadron, 43 Tankbataljon
Netherlands Netherlands
Leopard 1A5
5  
3e Regiment de Lansiers
Belgium Belgium
Tank Type
2
CENTAG
Leopard 2A4
2  
2. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 153
Germany Germany
Leopard 1A4
4  
C Squadron, 8th Canadian Hussars
Canada Canada
 
17-21 June 1991
Grafenwöhr, Germany
Hosted by CENTAG

 
 
Country Placement
1
Germany Germany
2
Netherlands Netherlands
3
Canada Canada
4
Belgium Belgium
     
 
Competition Statistics
   
 
    From 1963 through 1981, the national rankings were determined by adding the cumulative scores of its firing units. Since 1983, the national rankings have been determined by averaging the scores of each nation's teams and the Army Group rankings are determined by the cumulative scores of its firing units.
   
Top Scoring Nation Totals
6
3
3
2
1
2
 
Germany
Great Britain
Belgium
Netherlands
United States
Canada
Times Participated in Competition
17
15
15
14
7
15
3
2**
Northern Army Group (NORTHAG)
Central Army Group (CENTAG)
NORTHAG
CENTAG
 

 

** During CAT 91, CENTAG competed with 40% unit representation due to Operations Desert Shield and Storm.

** During CAT 91, NORTHAG competed with 60% unit representation due to Operations Desert Shield and Storm.

     
 

 
Top Scoring Co./Sqd. Totals
6
2
3
3
2
1
 
Germany
United States
Great Britain
Belgium
Canada
Netherlands
Times Participated in Competition
17
7
15
15
15
14
 
     
 

 
Top Scoring Platoon Totals
3
1
1
0
0
0
 
Germany
United States
Netherlands
Great Britain
Belgium
Canada
Times Participated in Competition
5
4
5
3
5
5
1983 - 1991
Competitions only
Due to Platoon Structuring
     
 
** Since 1983, the "bragging rights" were determined by the highest shooting tank platoon.
 
     
 
Historical Overview
   
 
Allied Forces Central Europe - AFCENT
 
AFCENT - Allied Forces Central Europe

    The Canadian Army Trophy (CAT) competition started in 1963 when the Canadian government donated a silver replica of a Centurion tank to the country that obtained the highest score during a tank gunnery that was hosted by the Canadian Army 4th Mechanized Brigade forward deployed in West Germany. This tank replica later became known as the Canadian Army Trophy for NATO Tank Gunnery. The competition was established to foster excellence, comraderie and competition among the armor forces of the NATO countries in Western Europe. The winner of the Canadian Army Trophy, which remains the property of Canada, retains it until the the next competition and is responsible for its safe custody. The competition was held annually through 1968; and in 1970 it was decided that it would be held every two years at Bergen-Hohne, West Germany beginning with the competition in 1973; later the competition would also be held at Grafenwöhr. Each member country was invited to field a "team" (a tank company) to represent their respective Armies. Nations represented included Canada, Belgium, Great Britain, the Netherlands, West Germany and the United States.

    The competition format has undergone numerous changes, originally single tanks fired from fixed points at known ranges. Following the 1968 and again after the 1975 competitions, the rules and procedures of the competition were changed to more accurately reflect combat conditions. The 1970, 1973 and 1975 competitions incorporated tank sections, consisting of two tanks; while beginning in the 1977 competition, 3-tank platoons (or strong sections for 5-tank platoons) are now required to fire and move over a course, termed a "battle run," designed to test their gunnery skills under more realistic conditions. Each battle run consists of firing from stationary positions and while on the move, at both stationary and moving targets. 4-tank platoons were incorporated beginning with the 1981 competition.

    After the 1981 competition, additional changes were made to provide better means of achieving the aims of the CAT competition and to reflect the intended nature of the event, namely, a competition among the land forces of the Central Region. Accordingly, the 1983 CAT competition format organized units from the six participating nations (Belgium, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States) in teams corresponding to their army group assignments within the Central Region. Units were therefore either members of the Central Army Group (CENTAG) or Northern Army Group (NORTHAG). The Canadian Army Trophy is now presented to the winning Army Group and awards were given to the three best scoring platoons of each Army Group. The Canadian Army Trophy, which still remains the property of Canada, is rotated throughout the Army Group's participating units until the the next competition and are responsible for its safe custody. The M1 Abrams made its debut, used by C Company 3-64 Armor, in the 1983 competition while the two remaining American tank companies still used the M60A3 Patton tank.

   CENTAG consisted of the German II and III Corps, the American V and VII Corps, and the Canadian Army 4th Mechanized Brigade. NORTHAG consisted of the British I Corps (BAOR-British Army of the Rhine), American III Corps Forward, German I Corps, Netherlands' I Corps, and the Belgian I Corps.

    The first direct competition of the German Leopard II and the US M1 Abrams occured during the 1985 competition. After this competition, there were significant rules and conditions changes made for the 1987 competition that governed the preparation and conduct of the competition, each Army Group would designate a minimum of one company from two different battalions; each separate brigade designates a minimum of two companies per country's Corps. The random selection of the tank companies to compete would be made by AFCENT (Allied Forces Central Europe) no later than 1 April 1987. The scoring procedures for the 1987 competition have also changed, 22,600 points is now the maximum score, reduced from the previous 28,100.

    The 1989 competition incorporated additional changes, night Battle Runs were introduced. In 1991, the United States and United Kingdom did not field teams due to Operations Desert Shield and Storm, thus it was a competition solely between the Leopard 1 and Leopard 2 tanks. This was to be the last competition since the Canadian 4th Mechanized Brigade left Germany in early 1993, resulting in the end of the CAT competitions.

 

    The Trophy is now located at the Canadian Armour School at CFB (Canadian Forces Base) Gagetown in New Brunswick, Canada.

 

    The responsibility of organizing and hosting the competition rotated between the different participating nations until the 1981 competition, where the responsibility shifted to the two Army Groups, Central Army Group (CENTAG) or Northern Army Group (NORTHAG). The competition was held at Bergen-Hohne when NORTHAG hosted, and held at Grafenwöhr when CENTAG hosted.

    The failures of a nation's entrant to place well at the CAT have had considerable defense industry impact. The showing of the Great Britain's Royal Hussars at the 1987 competition was the subject of a front page story in London's Sunday Telegraph, June 21, 1987, titled "NATO Allies Outgun Britain's New Battle Tanks". Critics have used the results of CATs to criticize the way a nation's army trains, the quality of its soldiers, and its procurement policies.

    1997 - The competition began again, but only between the United States and Canada as the CANAM Cup. The Canadians won in 1997, 2000, and 2002. The American teams won in 1999 and 2003.

 
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