Bullets for Ukraine, But None for Germany

Germany is preparing to send another tranche of arms to Ukraine, but the German military is going to have to do without, to a large extent.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the German-language service of the Epoch Times. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Federal government plans military winter package for Ukraine

According to a media report, the federal government wants to support Ukraine with military equipment for the winter. Part of the package would include 100,000 warm under jackets and other winter clothing, 100 heatable P-shelters, hundreds of mobile power generators, and, as Der Spiegel reported on Sunday, pallets of food packages. The financial outlay is therefore €11 million.

The magazine refers to corresponding requests from the Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Resnikov to NATO. In a letter to the Secretary General of the Western military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, the Ukrainian asked for uniforms for 200,000 soldiers. [The black marketeers have placed another order for supplies, it seems. I guess they cannot cope with the demand from the jihadists otherwise.]

Delivery of heavy weapons

In addition, the pressure on the federal government to deliver modern tanks to Ukraine has been growing for weeks. During a visit to Lithuania on Saturday, Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) referred to the deliveries of Gepard tanks and tanks of Soviet design in back-channel exchanges, for example via Greece and Slovakia.

Incidentally, she met Resnikov in Odessa last week, Lambrecht said. It had become clear “what is currently most urgently needed in Ukraine, and these are air defense systems.” In the coming days Germany will therefore deliver the first of four air defense systems.

Afterword from the translator:

I wonder if the Bundeswehr soldiers stationed in Lithuania have already received thick jackets and winter underwear? Because they didn’t have any of those in the last winter and were freezing towards becoming “transgender”.

Now compare the above with the following article from FOCUS Online, also translated by Hellequin GB:

Bundeswehr does not restock

In a war Germany would have ammunition for a maximum of two days

The Bundeswehr has an equipment problem. If Germany were to become involved in a war, the army would probably only have ammunition for two days. The military commissioner shows how much money it would take to fill the arsenals.

If Germany were at war, the ammunition in Bundeswehr stocks would last a maximum of one to two days. That’s what representatives of the defense industry, experts and defense politicians in the Bundestag say to Business Insider. Germany is thus lagging far behind its obligations. According to a NATO specification, the reserves should last at least 30 days.

Anyone who is undersupplied and also sells material will quickly order new material — or so one would think. Apparently that hasn’t happened yet. Hans Christoph Atzpodien, General Manager of the Federal Association of the German Security and Defense Industry (BDSV), sounds the alarm: “Of course, this description of the situation will not improve if ammunition from Bundeswehr stocks is handed over and corresponding orders are not placed with the industry at the same time,” he told Business Insider. [Maybe the German Government hopes to restock using stockpiles from mosques and Arab criminal clans. Those would last a year, most likely.]

Armed Forces Commissioner: “We would need an additional €20 billion just for the procurement of ammunition”

Eva Högl, Defense Commissioner of the German Bundestag, warns in an interview with Business Insider: “We would need an additional €20 billion for the procurement of ammunition alone. At the same time, there are not enough ammunition stores. That shows that a great deal of effort is still needed here.” Some experts say that a total package of up to €30 billion will be necessary by 2030. However, the ammunition is to be paid for from the current defense budget, not from the special fund.

The armaments industry is particularly irritated by the procedures and processes in the armed forces in relation to the procurement of ammunition. Industry representatives report that after Russia’s attack on Ukraine, offers were made to produce faster and more, for example to switch to three-shift operation in factories. [Even during WWII, Germany didn’t run three shifts a day in the armaments industry to their own detriment. The politicos have learned nothing, or are doing this deliberately. Deliberate is my guess.] So far, however, there have been no significant orders. The Ministry of Defense and the procurement office of the Bundeswehr hesitated.

After all, as Business Insider learned, 19 so-called “25 million templates” are planned by the end of the year. With these templates procurement projects are started at the Bundeswehr. Ammunition is also to be purchased from a number of them, including various intelligent and particularly long-range grenades for the Panzerhaubitze 2000 and 30-millimeter ammunition for the Puma infantry fighting vehicle.

Afterword from the translator:

As a Bundeswehr officer said last year: Germany would have “barely had a chance” in the war against Azerbaijan.

But what can one expect with… Uschi, Annegret, and now with Christine, who wields the defensive sceptre? It has been known for some time that the “Bunte Wehr” (Colourful Army) is not one of the most powerful armies, and the list of deficiencies is now so long that it is easy to lose track, after all it was enough for strategically important tasks such as handbags and pumps, kinky underwear, day-care centers, equal-opportunity officers, family-friendly army with working time regulations, uniforms for pregnant women, tanks suitable for pregnant women and for spontaneous deliveries and the politically correct changes to the names of barracks, but also for politically correct and gender-correct word contortions. After all, the troops should march in lockstep with the left-wing zeitgeist.

If you don’t have enough ammunition, you could alternatively throw cotton balls and wave the rainbow flag, and blast “YMCA” out of loudspeakers. That would surely impress the potential enemy and scare them witless, wouldn’t it?

On the other hand, without ammunition they cannot shoot down the people demonstrating in Germany if/when the “shoot-to-kill” order has been issued.

One thought on “Bullets for Ukraine, But None for Germany

  1. I could have told you that about 30 years ago.
    Yes, it wasnt as severe as today, but back again we tried at least.
    Back we had a saying (first in German and then in english)
    Die Bundeswehr ist dazu da, den Feind solange aufzuhalten, bis eine richtige Armee auftaucht.

    The Armed Forces of Germany have the purpose to keep the enemy occupied until a real army shows up.

    Even back then we know we were a laughing stock so the above saying implied that we showed up, the enemy saw us, was rolling on the ground laughing their posterior off and when a real army shows then they would get up, pat us on the back “Nice try. Never having laughed so much. Sorry, but we have to fight now.” and send us away.

    To give you a hint (the unit in question does no longer exist and the base has been partially demolished):
    If you are on guard duty you should walk the perimeter with a clear sight of your wall/fence and the area beyond.
    Not possible because
    a)we walked only a certain area inside the base
    b)the wall/fence was obstructed by little hills, bushes, trees and buildings.

    To make it short:
    There were about three areas where you could have assembled an entire regiment, shoulder to shoulder, and ordered them to climb the wall/fence. And the guards wouldnt have seen anything.
    Of course, if you want to show your opponent that you have no interest in attacking them / defending against their attacks, that is a very good way to go.

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