This aerial view shows decommissioned German-made Marder fighting vehicles in the compound of the Koch Battle Tank Dismantling firm in the village of Rockensussra, about 300 km south-west of Berlin.

tabnks
An aerial view shows decommissioned German-made Marder fighting vehicles in the compound of the Koch Battle Tank Dismantling firm in the village of Rockensussra, about 300 km south west of BerlinReuters

The company, which was founded in 1991, specialises in taking apart former tanks and armoured vehicles from the German armed forces and others around the world.

Koch has dismantled over 15,000 tanks and other armoured vehicles, from German, Austrian, French and other European arsenals, as nations reduce their military forces in accordance with the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty.

tanks angle
Decommissioned German-made Marder fighting vehicles are seen in the compound of the Koch Battle Tank Dismantling firmReuters
tank tracks
Tracks of a decommissioned fighting vehicle are seen in the compound of the Koch Battle Tank Dismantling firmReuters
bundeswehr
A partly removed symbol of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, is seen on a decommissioned vehicleReuters
tank turret
A worker strips parts from a decommissioned Bundeswehr Marder light tankGetty
tank engines
Rows of tank engines are seen at the compound of Koch Battle Tank DismantlingReuters
tank pushing
A worker uses a converted Gepard anti-aircraft cannon tank to move anotherGetty
tank body
A worker cuts the body of a decommissioned armoured vehicle in the compound of the Koch Battle Tank Dismantling firmReuters
gepard
A technician removes parts from a Bundeswehr Gepard anti-aircraft cannon tankGetty
tank main gun
A worker cuts a tank main gunReuters
reflection
Decommissioned German-made Marder armoured fighting vehicles are seen the Koch Battle Tank Dismantling firmReuters