German Troopers Suspended

Two German Troops Serving in Afghanistan have been suspended for playing with Human Skulls.

Berlin- Two German soldiers photographed playing with human skulls in Afghanistan have been suspended from duty, Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung said on Friday. The pair were among a group of six who appeared in a series of macabre pictures published by the mass-circulation Bild newspaper earlier this week.

The images showed men dressed in German army combat fatigues playing with a skull on military vehicles. One of the photos showed a soldier exposing his penis while holding the skull in his right hand.

Its all ere
Poor bastards, not really on as there is no bad sentiments on the Afghani side!
Ahhh, the good old days!!!
Mister_Angry said:
Well as long as they don't start wearing them as a capbadge again ...
Now that is a quality posting!
Typical, if the skulls had beeen alive would this have been worse, we beat them when they are alive and get jailed, they beat them/molest when they can't complain and they are still wrong................. infantry always mis-understood.
Where's the sense of humor gone? If it were brit officers it would be called High Jinx!
They have a foolproof defence... they were rehearsing for a Shakespearean dram of some sort....

Alas, poor Abdul! I knew him, Hans: a fellow
of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath
borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at
it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know
not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your
gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment,
that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one
now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen?
Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let
her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must
come; make her laugh at that.
Mister_Angry said:
Well as long as they don't start wearing them as a capbadge again ...

So it ok when we have it as a motto .But not for the boxheads?
Not very european is it :D .
Cant see what the problem is at least they are not eating afganis.
you can't see what the problem is? image of course! the german news said that an officer lead the guys to a cemetery in an afgahn village, where they "helped themselves". supported by somebody they interviewed, who was 'apparently' there and some footage of the cemetary with opened graves. they didn't mention the penis exposure though.

soldiers desecrating graves isn't really good PR.

even if they didn't desecrate any graves, it's still bad PR!

come on, the soldiers involved are obviously complete idiots. what they did was utterly pointless, not even funny.

in fact, it's even waltish behaviour, digging up skulls and using them for badarse pictures.

Proper_Gander is totally right: It´s extremely bad to PR.
The truth behind the story is about this:

The bones and skulls were not buried in a proper cemetary but in a clay-pit. It seems that the local people used the clay for their houses and packed the bones aside. The german soldiers were on patrol and came there regularly and took some disgusting photos.
There are still investigations if officers were involved - If they knew about this and did nothing they could be responsible too.

The "funny" thing is that the pictures were takes already in 2003 and 2004. Noone interviewed the squaddies back then but someone passed the pictures to a newspaper - possibly to earn money with it. Interesting that the Bild-"Newspaper" released them just at the very same day when the new white book of the Bundeswehr was released. Guess they waited for the right time :twisted:

Though it may not have been a crime taking those pictures it sure was
- bad for the PR of the German Federal Forces and for Germany
- bad for the security of the ISAF soldiers in A-Stan
This is being discussed on another´s getting much better though,as it turns out that a trip to the mass grave was a high-light for visiting Generals and Politicians............get yer brollies,fan etc. :p
Admit I only gave it a cursory read, but it said that it WAS NOT a graveyard, and the locals dug them up by accident. That ought to deflect a bit of the shit.

Cuz brit squaddies never do things in bad taste do we?
German Troopers Suspended.

By what?
on another note, i'm a little sad, i always thought british humour was a little bit more sophisticated than "look at me, i'm holding a skull i found on the floor. lol!"
You'd have thought they would have realised 2 things by now.
1. Don't get your face in shot (Lindy England anybody)
2. Don't get your snaps devloped at bloody Super Savers.

Glad to see its not just our boys that feck upat times.
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