German defence woes (latest from The Times)

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Thats interesting. Thanks. I didn't know about the Pz Lehr and Pz Div 116. I know that they renamed some Kaserne from Cold war days named after Wehrmacht generals. Werner Molders being an example based on the fact that he had flown in Spain with the Condor Legion.
Note here GFM Rommel-Kaserne, the home of the former PzBr 21, in Augustdorf. I'm sure they've named somewhere for Stauffenberg, perhaps a wall in the Bendlerstrasse.
 
German Air Force maintains some connection with past -From the Kaisers Air Force current Tactical Wg 31 'Boelcke', Tac Wg 51 'Immelmann' and of course Tac Wg 71 'Richthofen' and WW2 Tac Wg73 'Steinhoff' OK Steinhoff was WW2 Luftwaffe and came back in 1956 to start the GE AF off again.
 
A few years ago there was a purge on Wehrmacht history in the Bundeswehr. I think Rommel Kaserne is no more.
Shades of the current BLM/statue controversy! Is that confirmed? Notwithstanding the controversy about names, this Sep 2019 article from the German Armed Forces Federation (DBwV) has the Rommel Kaserne name unchanged at that time. The article also gives details of a March 2018 decree about how renaming can take place:
 
Shades of the current BLM/statue controversy! Is that confirmed? Notwithstanding the controversy about names, this Sep 2019 article from the German Armed Forces Federation (DBwV) has the Rommel Kaserne name unchanged at that time. The article also gives details of a March 2018 decree about how renaming can take place:
Still has the name apparently. Colour me surprised!

Reading the article, there have been a few attempts to strip the title over the years, but it seems the Bundeswehr has put up a spirited defence each time and are still winning. Excellent!
 
Reports like this are going to do nothing to rally domestic or politics support for the Bundeswehr.

'More than 100 weapons and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition have disappeared from the inventory of the German armed forces and police, the daily WELT newspaper reported Saturday.

'At least 60,000 rounds of ammunition have been unaccounted for in the German military and police force over the past 10 years. This figure does not include around 48,000 rounds that went missing from the army's elite Special Forces Command (KSK) unit, which lately made headlines after far-right extremism was exposed among its soldiers.

'The German Defense Ministry has reportedly launched an investigation into the incident. The exact reason for the missing ammunition is not clear yet, a Defense Ministry spokesperson said. Meanwhile, German opposition parliamentarians lashed out at the Defense Ministry for its handling of the scandal.'

 
Does this mean that Mildenhall's closure is cancelled?

I'm sure there are plenty of places in the UK that quite like having US service men/women and their families.
it is for sure as of today’s announcement as Spang is for the chop now...


Amongst other Installations..

cheers
 
it is for sure as of today’s announcement as Spang is for the chop now...


Amongst other Installations..

cheers
According to the article, half will be going back to the US, while half will be re-deployed elsewhere in Europe.

According to US European Command, this is about redeploying to focus on Russia and China instead of the Middle East.
U.S. European Command is broadly restructuring to better address the needs of the National Defense Strategy, which focuses on advanced military adversaries like Russia and China rather than insurgents in the Middle East.
US Army units are being deployed further forward in the Balkans and Poland.
Major changes are also envisioned for the U.S. Army in Europe, including moving the 4,500-member 2nd Calvary Regiment home to the U.S., rotating Stryker units to the Black Sea region, and basing a lead element of the Army’s V Corps in Poland.
The plan is that instead of permanently basing troops with their families in Europe, they will be sending units on rotating deployments. They see major bases in Europe as being "vulnerable to attack", so they want to withdraw them back to the US and deploy units as needed. The same applies to the Pacific.
Esper said the strategic goal is to move away from permanent basing in favor of “dynamic force employment,” enabling the military to proactively move troops as missions demand. DOD is also rethinking its brick-and-mortar infrastructure amid fears that permanent bases could be vulnerable to attack. This line of thinking is the same as the Air Force’s bomber deployments that have become prevalent in the Pacific.

“The deployment of rotational forces from the United States we have observed whether it’s the BCTs going from the United States to Korea, to Poland, or the bomber task force, we’re finding that they are deploying at a much higher level of readiness,” Esper said. “And while they are deployed, they are able to sustain a much more fixed focus on their mission and their capabilities.”

Wolters said EUCOM aims to rotate units “in perpetuity in multiple locations.” He said “the flexibility that this affords us certainly complicates a potential enemy against us, and it dramatically improves out operational capability to more effectively deter and defend.”
So there seems to be a military rational to this change, but Trump is putting his own spin on it which is at variance with what the military say their reasons are.

From the German perspective this looks like a win-win. The Americans will be located closer to the Russians instead of in Germany, and the Germans won't have to pay as much money to maintain the bases for the Americans.
 
According to the article, half will be going back to the US, while half will be re-deployed elsewhere in Europe.

According to US European Command, this is about redeploying to focus on Russia and China instead of the Middle East.


US Army units are being deployed further forward in the Balkans and Poland.


The plan is that instead of permanently basing troops with their families in Europe, they will be sending units on rotating deployments. They see major bases in Europe as being "vulnerable to attack", so they want to withdraw them back to the US and deploy units as needed. The same applies to the Pacific.


So there seems to be a military rational to this change, but Trump is putting his own spin on it which is at variance with what the military say their reasons are.

From the German perspective this looks like a win-win. The Americans will be located closer to the Russians instead of in Germany, and the Germans won't have to pay as much money to maintain the bases for the Americans.
Leaving Only one major airbase ......tech question can you see any downfalls to this plan ? Also what if Trump does not win the election 8n November ...then will things change again....
 
According to the article, half will be going back to the US, while half will be re-deployed elsewhere in Europe.

According to US European Command, this is about redeploying to focus on Russia and China instead of the Middle East.


US Army units are being deployed further forward in the Balkans and Poland.


The plan is that instead of permanently basing troops with their families in Europe, they will be sending units on rotating deployments. They see major bases in Europe as being "vulnerable to attack", so they want to withdraw them back to the US and deploy units as needed. The same applies to the Pacific.


So there seems to be a military rational to this change, but Trump is putting his own spin on it which is at variance with what the military say their reasons are.

From the German perspective this looks like a win-win. The Americans will be located closer to the Russians instead of in Germany, and the Germans won't have to pay as much money to maintain the bases for the Americans.
The Washington Post has a rather different view of when the departing troops will be permanently rebased.

 
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