Friday, November 03, 2006

Ich Hatt Einen Kameraden

Defense Industry Daily reports Germany has published its first defense policy review in 12 years. The German Defense Ministry says NATO deployment requirements have forced a transformation. Transformation, according to Spacewar, doesn't adequately describe it. "The governing coalition of Social Democrats and Alliance 90/Greens, despite its anti-military track record, has extended the Budeswehr's arm as far as the Balkans, Africa and Afghanistan."


Commentary

My grandfather used to serenade me to sleep as a child. I vaguely remember the Spanish guitar and the moon shining through the window as he leaned back on the wall and played what he could play. He didn't know any proper lullabys but had an extensive repertoire of Spanish and Mexican popular songs. One particular song had a phrase which went, in Spanish, "your eyes say yes, but your lips say no: which shall I believe?". It was great stuff for a four year old.

So when looking at Germany and Europe as a whole and in trying to understand what they really think about the threats facing them in the 21st century the words come back: "Your eyes say yes, but your lips say no: which shall I believe?".

7 Comments:

Blogger charlotte said...

That's pretty funny, Wretchard.

11/03/2006 02:40:00 PM  
Blogger Red River said...

The Kartofel-grubers, who fought on the Western Front, told their kids and gandkids some things.

What were they and did they stick in the mind?

11/03/2006 02:53:00 PM  
Blogger 2164th said...

Germany has a population of 88 million. It has an army of 245,000. Of that, there are 2,800 soldiers in Afghanistan, 2,844 in Kosovo and 750 in Congo.

Germany has 18,917,537 males between the ages 18-49.

Recently, German Defense Minister Franz-Josef Jung said: "In some areas, we have already hit the limit,"

The Germans think they are over-extended. During the 1960-70 period the US had 550,000 American troops in Germany.

The number of prostitutes in Germany is 500,000. Perhaps they are over-extended as well, but clearly the Germans would rather make love than war. That is not all bad.

11/03/2006 03:18:00 PM  
Blogger Dave H said...

Sounds like they fit pretty well with the description given for French troops a while back in a thread on the Leabanon war. "As useful as a banjo on a deer stalk", the quote is not exact but that is about what I remember.

11/03/2006 03:40:00 PM  
Blogger Tarnsman said...

Maybe it is a good thing that the Krauts feel they've reached the limit when 10% of their small Army (by German standards) is deployed overseas given their track record in the 20th Century.

11/03/2006 06:53:00 PM  
Blogger THOR said...

The german's have more soldat then you give them credit for well over 100 mill on standby to defend germany and i am just one of them.1000 YEAR Oath of Loyalty
Oath of Reich Officials and German Soldiers

The oath of public officals will be:
I swear to serve germany for a 1000 year's I shall be loyal and obedient to Adolf Hitler, the Führer of the German Reich and people, respect the laws and fulfill my official duties conscientiously, so help me God.'
The oath of service of the soldiers of the Armed forces shall be:
"I swear by God this scared oath: I will render unconditional obedience to Adolf Hitler, the Führer of the German nation and people, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and will be ready as a brave solider to risk my life at my time for this oath.'

Officials already in service must swear the oath without delay

The law on attestation of officials and of soldiers of the armed forces of 1 Dec. 19331 and the decree of the second of the same month2 are rescinded.
The Fuehrer and Reichschancellor
[signed]
Adolf Hitler
The Reichsminister of the Interior
[signed]
Frick
The Reichsminister of Defense
[signed]
von Blomberg
.............


SA Oath 1921:
As a member of the storm troop of the NSDAP I pledge myself by its flag [Sturmfahne]; to be always ready to stake life and limb in the struggle for the aims of the movement; to give absolute military obedience to my military superiors and leaders; to bear myself honorably in and out of service; to be always companionable towards other comrades for a 1000 year's
SS Oath :
I swear to you, Adolf Hitler, as Fuehrer and Reichs Chancellor, loyalty, and bravery. I vow to you, and to those you have named to command me, obedience unto death, so help me God.
Hitler youth Jungvolk Oath :
In the presence of this blood banner, which represents our Führer, I swear to devote all my energies and my strength to the savior of our country for a 1000 year's Adolf Hitler. I am willing and ready to give up my life for him, so help me God
NSDAP Oath : ( from the 1936 party handbook)
I pledge Allegiance to my Fuehrer Adolf Hitler. I promise at all times to show respect and obedience to him and to any leaders he may appoint for me for a 1000 year's.IE MEIN KINDER ARE PLEAGED IN OATH TO THERE FATHERLAND GERMANY!!!!!Heil hitler

5/30/2007 02:33:00 PM  
Blogger THOR said...

Diensteid der Soldaten der WehrmachtService oath for soldiers of the armed forcesIch schwöre bei Gott diesen heiligen Eid, daß ich dem Führer des Deutschen Reiches und Volkes Adolf Hitler, dem Oberbefehlshaber der Wehrmacht, unbedingten Gehorsam leisten und als tapferer Soldat bereit sein will, jederzeit für diesen Eid mein Leben einzusetzen fur a tauesndste jahr's.I swear by God this sacred oath that I shall render unconditional obedience to Adolf Hitler, the Führer of the German Reich and people, supreme commander of the armed forces, and that I shall at all times be ready, as a brave soldier, to give my life for this oath for a 1000 years.HEIL HITLER

5/30/2007 02:36:00 PM  

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