NATO’s Long-Range Fires Problem

CHELMNO, Poland — The sky over the Vistula River was slate-gray, but there was no rain — so the Polish Army's 12th Mechanized Division had to improvise.

The troops had wanted to ferry some of their heavy equipment across the Vistula as part of NATO's Anakonda 2018 exercise in November. But the river had fallen so much overnight that sand bars had appeared in its middle, creating the danger of the motorized ferry running aground. So the soldiers practiced landings only on the staging-area side of the river.

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