However, the danger is not over yet. Having failed to attain its objective, the enemy opts to bypass the friendly forces via a route through wooded terrain. Friendly reconnaissance reports warn of an imminent enemy attack with infantry fighting vehicles. An attack at this location was fortunately expected: the enemy forces will run into a well-prepared defence. Machine gun positions were set up in suitable locations, and soldiers armed with anti-tank weapons take up their positions along a forest trail on the flank of the attacking forces. Enemy infantry fighting vehicles are expected to pass by there. In addition, the trail was blocked using off-route mines. Events unfold as expected: The enemy attacks with its infantry fighting vehicles. The first vehicle hits a mine and blocks the trail. The following vehicles have no chance to evade the obstacle and are immediately attacked and taken under fire.
Instead of giving up, however, the enemy is planning its next attack with ground forces. Under the cover of artillery fire, enemy forces are to approach friendly positions. Friendly forces, in turn, employ infantry fighting vehicles after a firefight. The enemy removes its damaged vehicles from the forest trail and continues its attack. This is an opportunity for the defensive forces to showcase their flexibility: they change their method of fighting and with their infantry fighting vehicles withdraw to the next phase line. Captain Florian S., the Commander of 1st Battle Company, was extremely satisfied with the exercise planned by his company:
The exercise was a success since our forces stopped the enemy and sustained no casualties.
Lieutenant Colonel Peer Papenbroock, the Commander of the Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup, shared this positive assessment: "This exercise gave us the possibility to successfully demonstrate the flexible conduct of operations in a delaying battle. This leaves us well prepared for future exercises of the Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania.