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Bundeswehr joins EU combat force

The Local · 6 Jul 2011, 05:31

Published: 06 Jul 2011 05:31 GMT+02:00

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The three European Union military powers signed an agreement in Brussels to put together a unit of 1,700 soldiers that will take part in the rotation of the EU's rapid reaction force, known as battlegroups.

The three nations, bound by a long history of alliances, rivalry and wars, have discussed the possibility of creating the so-called Weimar Combat Group since 2006.

The unit will be available as part of the rotation of EU battlegroups. Two battlegroups are on standby every six months to deploy in case of emergencies, but they have never been called into action.

The technical agreement between the high-ranking military officers from the Germany, France and Poland comes four days after Poland took over the the EU's rotating presidency.

Poland will command the group, providing the core combat troops and a mechanised battalion, a high-ranking French military official said in Brussels.

Germany will provide logistical support, while France will contribute with medical support.

The operational command centre will be based in Mont Valerien, located in a Paris suburb.

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Paris, Berlin and Warsaw created the Weimar Triangle in 1992 to encourage cooperation between the three nations after the Cold War.

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09:35 July 6, 2011 by moistvelvet
The photograph to this article just about sums up the Bundeswehr, the gunner applies camo cream to his face and completley avoids his neck, like the Bundeswehr a half hearted job, all the gear but no idea.
10:07 July 6, 2011 by Frenemy
"Germany will provide logistical support"

Only if we get our A400m act together...
12:34 July 6, 2011 by Englishted
Oh great ,Poland and France. They last about three weeks and then the Anglo-Saxons come to their aid. Again.
16:21 July 6, 2011 by Frenemy

does it really matter how much "camo cream" the guy lathers on?? The muzzle flash alone on that weapon renders face camo pretty moot in the first place...

(oh yeah, fyi: engine grease works just as well)
18:07 July 6, 2011 by Bushdiver
What a task force! Germany, who refuses to participate in any real military action. Poland, a joke and the French. What else is to be said other than I hope I'm never in an area where I have to rely on this group to save my ass.
18:17 July 6, 2011 by Englishted
I think the gunner is a girl?
19:43 July 6, 2011 by farmy
It's been said: Better to have 2 German units in front you than 1 French unit behind you.
20:01 July 6, 2011 by blogboy
I won't count out Poland, Poland had a division deployed in support of Iraqi freedom, where was Germany? Poland also has deployed soldiers to Afgan as well. Germany has sent under trained and under equipped soldiers to Afgan. Plus their rules of engagement are so confusing, the soldiers will more than likely to face criminal charges at home for using their weapons. The German govt. cannot even make a decision on whether or not to support the Libya mission. So in light of recent history I could not count on the Germans as a partner in defense as much as I can count on the Polish.
20:43 July 6, 2011 by expatriarch
@moistvelvet - Sorry, but when do heavy gunners wear face camo anyways? It does look amateurish not too camo properly. I do like the idea of the EU force and have to say, it is quite inspiring that France, Germany, and Poland can start this kind of joint effort. I don't think public opinions have changed much, but these kinds of efforts can work at smoothing out what the rabble things. @Bushdiver - You are quite the fool, aren't you. Just because Germany or France don't want to participate in ill conceived, nonsensical, adventurism that Bush forced upon a stupid American populace does not say anything about German or French forces. Secondly, deride France and Germany in a stereotypical American-dolt manner all you want, but they are both the ones we have to thank for our freedom and the ones who really saved our ass from having to bow to the Queen of England. American history conveniently omits that our Revolutionary Army was at about the same level as the Libyan rebels were before intervention, and had about the same chance at winning. You don't realize, for all the rah rah rah, that George Washington was a class A failing military act before Steuben whipped him and our Army into shape. And, as for Germany, just because they have changed their ways and seen the light and realized the futility of their past like an addict recovering from war mongering, does not make war-crack addict America any better; it actually highlights how much more of a degenerate we are. America's greatness has always more heavily relied on PR, facade, props, marketing, fakery, forgery, fraud, and wasteful use of the abundant resources stolen from the Native American original land owners. Very few things in America are done effectively or efficiently; more reliant on the loose failure tolerances than skill or intellect.
11:32 July 7, 2011 by Frenemy

I wish this site had a "+1" button. Very astute observations.
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