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  • Tough terrain

    The guts and determination of the hardiest competitors were put to the test in BFG’s Ex Rhino Soldier in HohneThe second ever Rhino Soldier recently took place in Bergen-Hohne and saw 470 participants take on a gruelling 12.4km course across rough terrain.

    29 Units across BFG entered into the competition which saw individuals and teams compete in the toughest contest of the year.

    The Artillery 105mm Light Field Gun kicked-off the event which saw fired up competitors running at a quick pace trying to gain a good position in the pack. The 12.4km course started in Hohne’s Campbell Barracks, the first section was a 3km run through dense woodland and the aim was to ease the soldiers into the competition.

  • Apple faces ban on iPhone and iPad sales

    A German court has issued an injunction that temporarily bans Apple Inc. from selling or marketing its mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads in Germany. But it’s unclear whether it will have an immediate effect on the company.

    In a statement to the tech blog, Apple said that the ruling, issued by a court in Mannheim, was simply a “procedural issue,” that “does not affect our ability to sell products or do business in Germany at this time.”

    The court made the default decision after Apple did not attempt to debunk Motorola’s patent infringement claims.

  • Boxing champ’s father jailed for shooting her

    Rola El-Halabi during the trial in BerlinA former double world champion boxer saw her adoptive father jailed for six years in Berlin on Monday – for shooting her four times and probably ending her professional career in the ring.

    Rola El-Halabi was in the German capital’s district court to see Hicham “Roy” El-Halabi sentenced for the attack which he carried out in a rage after his daughter sacked him as her manager and started a romantic relationship with a man who was married at the time.

  • Authorities under fire over neo-Nazi terror

    The demolished flat in ZwickauConcerns about the role played by authorities monitoring neo-Nazis in Germany were growing on Tuesday after it was revealed that one official was actually present when a man was shot dead by members of a terrorist group.

    The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Tuesday that a new investigation had been launched into the 2006 killing of Halit Yozgat who was shot dead in his Internet café in Kassel.

    His murder is one of several xenophobic killings claimed by the self-styled National Socialist Underground (NSU) group of neo-Nazis, whose exposure has shocked Germany over the last week.

  • Dümmersee Sailing Championships

    Dümmersee Sailing championshipThe 2011 British Army Germany Sailing Championships were once again kindly hosted by the British Forces Dümmersee Sail Training Centre in October.

    Despite the deployment of 20th Armoured Brigade, the turnout was excellent with 28 Pico entries and 11 double handed boats.

    First up were the Pico single hander championships. As there were more competitors than boats, the competition was run in 2 heats of 14 boats.

  • The long road to victory

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    A BFG-based British Serviceman has won a gruelling marathon through the dust and heat of Afghanistan.

    30-year-old Capt Frazer Alexander a REME vehicle engineer attached to 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards took on the 26.2 mile challenge of the third annual US Marine Corps Marathon Forward, which is held at the US Camp Leatherneck, next to the UK’s Camp Bastion.

    The marathon is held to mirror the ‘People’s Marathon’ in Washington DC, where more than 30,000 runners see the sights as they pound the pavements of the American capital.

  • €800,000 scrubbed off artwork value

    A cleaner at a museum in Dortmund who mistook a Martin Kippenberger sculpture for an unsightly mess has destroyed the valuable artwork beyond recognition.

    The cleaner at the city’s Ostwall Museum scrubbed the Kippenberger installation entitled “When It Starts Dripping From the Ceiling” which was valued by insurers at €800,000, a museum spokeswoman said on Thursday.

  • Army golf champion

    Pte Kimberly WoodwardA St Helens soldier has helped the Army win the Inter-Services Golf Championship for the first time in five years.

    Pte Kimberly Woodward, 23, who serves with Germany-based 28 Engineer Regiment has been playing golf since she was 13 and played for the Lancashire Ladies team.

  • Pushing the limits

    The British Bobsleigh Championships were held in Winterberg recently, where TeamGB took their olympic hopefuls to an eventful weekend of racing.

    The women’s, 2-man bobsleigh and 4-man bobsleigh events displayed the skill and courage needed for this demanding winter sport.

    The event hit the headlines for the wrong reasons when Fiona Harrison and teammate Serita Shone crashed in a practise run on the Friday after their bob overturned near the end of the course, resulting in them both being airlifted to hospital.

  • Spies are left out in the cold

    Authorities have discovered serious defects in the air conditioning system of the new headquarters being built to house Germany’s foreign intelligence service, potentially costing nearly €10million to fix.

    There have been multiple problems since ground was broken in 2008 on the new Berlin headquarters of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), which was supposed to cost €720million.

  • Baltic link goes online

    Gas has begun to flow along a major new pipeline connecting Russia and the EU.

    The Nord Stream project was formally opened at a ceremony in Germany attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Dimitry Medvedev.