commentary by Monomakh………..
What’s wrong with German’s military lately? Germany’s army, the Bundeswehr, is one of NATOs largest fores but it’s plagued by planes that can’t fly, tanks that break down, and troops that admire the Nazis. Further, the military seems not to have enough money to fund build its newest fighting vehicles known as the “Puma.” And it appears that as a result of this Germany’s military is not performing well at home or overseas!
Reportedly, the military has a shortage of vital spare parts as well and equipment regularly suffers from technical failures to the point that several tanks and armored vehicles can no longer operate. And then there are the growing numbers of German soldiers who admire the former armed forces of the Third Reich, the Wehrmacht. Yet, Germans have a reputation for being detailed and efficient excelling in technology and engineering and their weapons manufacturing companies are some of the top in the world!
The military is also reportedly short on small arms and at one recent NATO training event the German’s armored vehicle known as the “Boxer” didn’t even have any weapons on it!! So the soldiers took broomsticks and painted them black and mounted them on their Boxer turrets in a futile attempt to simulate the 12.7 mm machine guns that should have been mounted instead! When questioned the German command attempts to downplay the whole thing by insisting it was only a training exercise and that the troops therefore didn’t even need weapons! Reportedly, more than half of the Bundeswehr’s fleet of armored tanks is out of service or unfit for duty! In a recent UN military action in Mali German troops got in trouble because they were forced out of action when their armored vehicles broke down due to the heat, dust, and rough terrain. The German Air Force, Luftwaffe der Bundeswehr, is reportedly in no better shape than the army either. It was recently reported that the air force is in a state of “catastrophic disrepair” including German aircraft fighting in Afghanistan. War jets are being constantly grounded due to technical problems including screws that have become loose and poor lighting in the cockpits! Continue Reading