German Mess toast

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  1. We've an up coming Mess function and in attendance are German army WOs, as a gesture we are going to toast someone appropriate to them (as well as the Gurkha's involved), but who would this be?

    post 1945 would be great...
  2. The third reich?
  3. Give him some slightly cooked pumpernickel?
  4. Did you ask some of the Germans and Gurkha's?
  5. We're happy with the Nepalese toast, tried getting hold of the German contingent and no avail, we would also like it to be just thrown in there un-expectantly.
  6. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    "To the Bundesrepublik Deutschland" and/or "to the freedom of the German people" might be more PC....
  7. I'd leave Bundespräsident Wulf out of it, he's currently on his arse for corruption.

    If you look for a modern German politician untarnished by corruption claims, there's only one candidate, ex chancellor Helmut Schmidt. His stepping up to the plate and handling of the Hamburg floods as a lowly senator was an object lesson in crisis management, he didn't **** about and trampled the usual red tape and protocol to save lives. The current shower of shit, Merkin etc. have done the Bundeswehr no favours.

    I'd certainly look at their regiments history pre 1934, if they have one. There are often links to the Anglo-Hannoverian army, shared battle honours etc.
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  8. 'We have one uniting feature, we have beaten each other at our national sports.'

    FORMER_FYRDMAN LE Book Reviewer

    "Hoch der Kaiser" should fit that bill. You can always claim you meant Beckenbauer if eyebrows rise above safe levels.
  10. Go safe and toast the Chancellor of Germany. In 1979 I was asked as Mr Vice to propose a toast to the Leader of the Federal German republic and got the wrong bloke, so do check Angela is still in!
  11. There is only one kraut choice, Boris Becker...
  12. Surely the most apt would be von Clausewitz?
  13. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    Heil Hitler, surely?

    or .. "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer!"
  14. Atilla the Hun?
  15. TheIronDuke

    TheIronDuke LE Book Reviewer

    You'd be pretty safe with Otto Bismarck who invented modern Germany and for his time, was an enlightened social reformer and still much loved. If you really wish to lick box bottoms and have them buying you schnapps all nicht, go for Von Blucher "without whom gentlemen, we might all now be speaking French". Cobblers of course, but they'll love it.
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