Skip to comments.Dutch Paratroopers Integrated Into German Army
Posted on 06/02/2013 2:35:59 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
A brigade of Dutch paratroopers will be integrated into a new German division of rapid reaction forces, German newspaper Rheinische Post reported on May 22. The 11th Airmobile Brigadea mobile force of 4,500 troops that is equipped with light vehicles, mortars and anti-aircraft systemswill join 8,600 German soldiers to form the new division under German command.
With paratroopers and special forces, as well as combat and transport helicopters, the group is designed to respond quickly to new threats and help evacuate endangered German and Dutch citizens. Until now, only Britain and America had a similar type of military structure.
The Dutch brigade could be deployed anywhere in the world within 20 days. The new force will presumably have a similar sort of response time.
The Dutch De Telegraaf newspaper revealed that drastic cuts to the Dutch military budget were partially responsible for the merger. The Dutch forces wont leave their bases in the Netherlands, but the joint procurement and training with Germany will save money.
The merger is seen as a major step for the Netherlands. However, the Netherlands has only one Airmobile Brigade. If it needs to deploy troops in a hurry, it will only be able to do so with German cooperation.
This is not the first Dutch-German initiative. The I. German/Dutch Corps is made up of one Dutch and one German division. The corps is a high-readiness land force designed to be able to deploy within 20 to 30 days.
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On US Air-mobility assets...
Might want more prep time if they plan to drop into Texas ...
The Charlemagne Division lives!
Re: “Might want more prep time if they plan to drop into Texas.”
11.5 million illegal immigrants might welcome them as Liberators.
“...corps is a high-readiness land force designed to be able to deploy within 20 to 30 days.”
Not having any military background or logistics experience, I have a question: is 20-30 days really that quick? Just asking.
In practice... We showed up for bag drag, lots got culled, some got cut, and we lined up for chalks.
Logistics is the hardest part of military science.
” I have a question: is 20-30 days really that quick? Just asking.”
To have total logistics setup, yes. For rapid response units, no.
I doubt your average German or Dutch soldier has much interest in dropping anywhere in America — I imagine their superiors would have a hard time making them.
I only feel sorry for the Dutch old enough to understand why this is an affront.
“Charlemagne” was drawn from French SS volunteers. The units you are thinking of are the 23rd SS division (”Nederland”) and the 34th SS division (”Landsturm Nederland”).
“...bag drag and line up for chalks.
We showed up for bag drag, lots got culled, some got cut, and we lined up for chalks....”
Thanks, sir, but can you ‘translate’ that for a simple civilian?
When you say total logistics set-up, does that mean tanks, trucks, artillery, supplies etc? Or just quick-response paratroopers going into a ‘hot spot’ for a rescue or for a longer deployment?
Rapid reaction. High readiness. Quick response. 3 different kinds of SF troops?
I know, I know; too many questions. If it is, say so and I’ll spend some time on Google trying to find some answers.
Why is this an affront?
I found all those terms on Google; sorry to bother you.
I found the answers on Google; thanks. Should have known.
Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged.
I would have answered earlier but my neighbor is trying to kill a vole in her flowerbed, and I was helping to hide the propane.
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