Thanks to Pootch for this one.
In the middle of the German Thüringen region – specifically, in Rockensußra, there is a tank graveyard, where old German tanks (or, in this case, IFV’s) go to rest, until they are dismantled. A couple of photos were made by Thomas Peter, a photographer for Reuters. The company operating this place is Battle Tank Dismantling GmbH Koch, the only NATO-certified tank dismantling plant in Europe. It was founded in 1991 and dismantles old armor ever since.
Here, German decommissioned Marder IFV’s await their fate.
The vehicle scrapping began after the German unification, when the army numbers were reduced by various treaties. The vehicles are dismantled here thoroughly.
By mid 2012, 16000 vehicles were successfully dismantled here, amongst them were 880 Leopard 1 tanks, 203 T-72 tanks and over 1000 Marders. Many parts are returned to the original armor manufacturers, the quality scrap metal is highly sought after by steelworks for further processing.