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  Bundeswehr - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
If Germany is in a state of defence, the chancellor becomes commander in chief of the Bundeswehr.
In 1999, the NATO war on Yugoslavia in Kosovo was the first offensive conflict in which the German military actively took part since the Second World War.
Today defence is seen as including not only defence at the borders of Germany, but also as crisis reaction and conflict prevention, or broadly as saving the security of Germany anywhere in the world.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Military_of_Germany   (695 words)

Germany stretches from the high mountains of the Alps (highest point: the Zugspitze[?] at 2,963 m) in the south to the shores of the North and Baltic Seas in the north.
Germany possesses the world's third most technologically powerful economy after the US and Japan, but its basic capitalistic economy has started to struggle under the burden of generous social benefits.
Germany was the birthplace of composers such as Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, and Wagner; poets such as Goethe and Schiller; philosophers of the likes of Kant, Hegel, Marx or Nietzsche; as well as scientists of the caliber of an Einstein.
www.fastload.org /ge/Germany.html   (1389 words)

 U.S. Directive to Gen. Eisenhower on Military Rule of Germany
The administration of affairs in Germany shall be directed towards the decentralization of the political and administrative structure and the development of local responsibility.
The military government personnel in each zone, including those dealing with regional and local branches of the departments of any central German administrative machinery, shall be selected by authority of the Commander of that zone except that liaison officers may be furnished by the Commanders of the other three zones.
To the extent that military interests are not prejudiced and subject to the provisions of the three preceding subparagraphs and of paragraph 10, freedom of speech, press and religious worship will be permitted.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/ww2/directivegermany.html   (6431 words)

 AllRefer.com - Germany - Military Campaigns - The Peace of Westphalia | German Information Resource
Germany was less united in 1648 than in 1618, and German particularism had been strengthened once again.
Historians have usually estimated that between one-fourth and one-third of the population perished from direct military causes or from illness and starvation related to the war.
Germany's economy was also severely disrupted by the ravages of the Thirty Years' War.
reference.allrefer.com /country-guide-study/germany/germany20.html   (950 words)

 Print Article: Germany slashes military spending   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
Germany has announced sweeping cuts in its military spending in a move that will infuriate NATO and hamper plans to reshape the army for modern warfare.
Germany's hope of capping its military budget at 24.4 billion euros ($43.5billion) contrasts with plans to increase military spending by its main allies amid heightened security concerns over Islamic militants and the possibility of a war with Iraq.
Germany's own military focus has switched to peacekeeping, crisis management and the "war against terrorism", rather than defending itself from Cold War attacks.
www.smh.com.au /cgi-bin/common/popupPrintArticle.pl?path=/articles/2002/12/06/1038950196294.html   (403 words)

 Germany - Former Military Man Tells His Story
Also, one of his military base-mates told my contact and his military friends about how he had been sent, circa 1984-86, to do daytime guard duty in a remote, desert area of the US Southwest.
Months after telling my (enlisted) contact and his (enlisted) military friends of the incident, the given soldier was arrested by his Army superiors and taken in on reportedly trumped up charges.
Further complicating the case is the fact that my contact's military colleagues (all enlisted) had long been interested in anything that smacked of alien-related doings in the Army.
www.rense.com /general54/brbri.htm   (318 words)

 Britain seeks to push Germany down the military path
Britain's partnership with Germany in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and in the European Union (EU) is now old hat, but Germany's first involvement in a war effort since the end of World War II has provoked far more of a hysterical backlash within Germany than in Britain.
That move to welcome a new Germany to play a military role in a new era was pushed strongly by British Prime Minister Tony Blair at a rally of the ruling Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Nuremberg.
The Nuremberg rally, where the leader of New Labor sought a military role for what he called a "new Germany", was a significant milestone in calling for Germany to play a stronger military role after its earlier interventions in Kosovo and Macedonia.
www.atimes.com /front/Cl01Aa05.html   (881 words)

 Germany. (from Military Affairs) --  Encyclopædia Britannica
Germany in the middle of the 18th century was a country that had been drifting in the backwaters of European politics for more than a hundred years.
In Germany, totalitarianism gained popularity in the form of the National Socialist German Workers' party, otherwise known as the Nazis.
On the outskirts of this city is the Neuschwanstein Castle which is regarded as one of the finest in all of Germany.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-92101?tocId=92101   (905 words)

 Prussia's Emergence as a Military Power
The German military heritage was epitomized by a succession of Prussian rulers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
The new Prussian army distinguished itself at the Battle of Leipzig in 1813 and again at Waterloo in 1815, where, under the command of Field Marshal Gebhard von Bluecher, the army was instrumental in the ultimate defeat of Napoleon.
Clausewitz's dictum that civilians should control the military was ignored, and the General Staff became a power center in the highly militaristic regimes of Kaiser Wilhelm I (1858-88) and Kaiser Wilhelm II (1888-1918).
www.germanculture.com.ua /library/facts/bl_prussia_military_power.htm   (684 words)

 Germany (East) Socialist Military Education - Flags, Maps, Economy, History, Climate, Natural Resources, Current ...
Military education had been stressed in East Germany since the founding of the republic, and in 1978 it was made a formal component of the school curriculum as an independent educational subject for the ninth and tenth grades of the republic's schools.
Socialist military education began in kindergarten, where the children played games with a military orientation and learned songs and poems about soldiers.
The school system, reinforced by the family, was to lay the basis for forming--as early as possible--what the SED called the image of the enemy and instilling hatred for all foes of socialism, with emphasis on the soldiers of the West German Bundeswehr.
www.photius.com /countries/germany_east/national_security/germany_east_national_security_socialist_military_e~283.html   (630 words)

 Germany Info: The Fight against Global Terrorism
The majority of Germany's peacekeeping contingent is based in the capital Kabul, but several hundred soldiers serve in two German-led, civilian-military provincial reconstruction teams (PRTs) working to bolster both security and aid work in the northern towns of Kunduz and Faizabad.
Germany is training Iraqi police and military officers in the UAE, and during a meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush in Mainz on February 23, 2005, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder pledged to provide additional support to Iraq in the form of German expertise rebuilding democratic institutions.
Germany is engaged in NATO and EU operations committed to preserving peace and stability worldwide, such as peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and Kosovo and the United Nations observer mission in Georgia.
www.germany-info.org /relaunch/info/publications/infocus/terror/mil.html   (544 words)

 Germany rejects Iran military option
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has rejected the threat of military force against Iran, hours after US President George Bush said he would consider it as a last resort to press Tehran to give up its nuclear program.
Mr Schroeder's opposition to the Iraq war was seen as a decisive factor in his unexpected victory in the 2002 general election, which he won narrowly after coming from behind.
His critical stance caused serious ruptures in Germany's traditionally strong relations with the United States.
www.infowars.com /articles/world/iran_germany_rejects_military_option.htm   (324 words)

 Germany Announces Military Cuts | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 15.01.2004
Military bases will be closed and troops will be cut back in an effort to save €26 billion.
Despite the cutbacks, Struck said Germany would not cancel its order for 180 Eurofighter aircraft to be built by defense contractors including EADS, Britain’s BAE Systems and Italy’s Alenia.
Beer, whose party is part of the federal coaltion government with the Social Democrats, said she would like the draft to be phased out over the next three or four years.
www.dw-world.de /english/0,3367,1432_A_1088018_1_A,00.html   (684 words)

 Germany (from military education) --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia
The Soviet model was copied in education, culture, the military, and all other aspects of public life.
For Germany, 2001 was marked by increased involvement in world affairs but a slowdown in the pace of economic growth and reform.
General training instills those qualities that prepare one for a life in the military: physical strength, mental discipline, self-confidence, loyalty, and the ability to follow the orders of superior officers.
www.britannica.com /ebi/article-204674   (900 words)

 Military Bases in Germany   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
The large American military presence in Germany has long symbolized the understanding at the heart of NATO —; Washington's commitment to remain permanently engaged in Europe's security and to integrate its military operations with those of its major European allies.
Having also spent a great deal of time in Germany, I find the Germans to be an often-unpleasant mix of rabid, wild-eyed socialist/environmentalists (with the emphasis on "mental"), and unrepentant Nazi sympathisers of the "well at least the streets were clean and the trains ran on time" variety.
Instead of maintaining troops and their families in Germany, I'd heard that the plan was to relocate our troops into smaller bases in the Balkans and nearer to the new flashpoints in the Middle East.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1153178/posts   (4873 words)

 New Battlefield: The Germany files   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
The cap on military forces meant that the West German NATO forces of about 500,000 and the East German forces of 200,000 were halved.
The East German army was dissolved, and West Germany invited East German military personnel, but not high officers, to apply for transfer to the Bundeswehr, or federal army.
Indeed, after the outbreak of war in Bosnia in the early 1990s, Germany revised its constitution to allow its forces to be deployed as peacekeepers.
www.msnbc.com /modules/new_battlefield/germany.asp?cp1=1   (579 words)

 BBC News | EUROPE | Germany backs military action
The parliamentary vote is an expression of support, but does not commit Germany to any specific military action.
"Germany is ready to take risks, even military ones, but isn't prepared for adventures," Mr Schroeder said.
Germany is also considering revising its strict privacy laws and instituting new measures to prevent money laundering.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/europe/1552680.stm   (500 words)

 Vogelweh Military Complex , Germany
The Vogelweh Housing Area is one of several military housing areas in the Kaiserslautern Military Community.
Kaiserslautern is located approximately 50 miles from Frankfurt, in the west central section of Germany.
All students are family members of military and civilian personnel supporting the United States military mission.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/facility/vogelweh.htm   (794 words)

 Aschaffenburg Military Community, Germany
Soldiers and families of units stationed in Babenhausen also live in Aschaffenburg in two government housing areas, in what used to be the Aschaffenburg military community.
Babenhausen is a picturesque military post located in the heart of Germany.
Military housing is available in Aschaffenburg and at the Babenhausen Kaserne.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/facility/aschaffenburg.htm   (244 words)

 CIA - The World Factbook -- Germany   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945.
Germany's affluent and technologically powerful economy - the fifth largest in the world - has become one of the slowest growing economies in the euro zone.
Germany's aging population, combined with high unemployment, has pushed social security outlays to a level exceeding contributions from workers.
www.cia.gov /cia/publications/factbook/geos/gm.html   (1411 words)

 BBC NEWS | Europe | Germany offers US military access
In his first response to a US request for help in military strikes last week, Mr Schroeder said allied forces would be able to move freely in and out of Germany.
But he is constrained by the difficulty of gaining the parliamentary approval necessary to send troops outside the Nato area with just a four-seat majority in the lower house, the Bundestag.
Germany is one of around 50 countries which the US asked for military help in a possible war on Iraq last Wednesday.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/europe/2521431.stm   (468 words)

 Military Justice in Germany
There are no military correction facilities; incarcerated military offenders serve their sentences in ordinary civilian prisons.
Offenses of a specifically military character committed by members of the Bundeswehr are tried in two military court divisions of the Federal Administrative Court and by three military disciplinary courts having a total of twenty-nine chambers.
The military courts of the Federal Administrative Court are the courts of appeal, each being composed of three civilian judges and two honorary military judges.
www.germanculture.com.ua /library/facts/bl_mil_justice.htm   (245 words)

 Volconvo Political Forums - military draft (in germany)
I actually just came back from the physical examination in connection with the military draft that was instated after the second world war and ever since has been a part of young men's life here in Germany.
They rated me suitable for military sercive with restrictions for certain tasks, but I am going to refuse the military sercive according to the german law.
It feels kind of strange that the only reason to refuse the military service in order to do your civil service is that you could never hold a weapon up against a person or even kill someone and that you can not harmonize your conscience to the fact of killing.
www.volconvo.com /forums/printthread.php?t=1978   (521 words)

 Guard Soldier in Germany Wins Military Idol   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
Glenn represented Darmstadt, Germany, in the competition because his unit, the 258th Military Police Company, was mobilized and is now serving there.
Richard Sianoya of Wurzburg, Germany, was first runner-up and received $500, and Capt. Ron Carden of Fort Knox.
The process of bringing Military Idol to life was credited to several individuals including Victor Hurtado, artistic director for U.S. Army Entertainment Division and co-creator of Military Idol.
www.military.com /features/0,15240,79316,00.html?ESRC=armynews.RSS   (923 words)

 A Germany-Soviet Military-Economic Comparison
Germany essentially lost the Second World War on the Eastern Front and the key to that loss can be directly attributed to the different economic and industrial factors of both the Soviet Union and the Third Reich.
Germany was able to (reasonably) supply her forces with military supplies in the early years of the war, when she fought a series of small, quick action campaigns.
Germany lost the Second World War not because of any single military action, she lost it primarily to a war of economic and human attrition.
www.feldgrau.com /econo.html   (4000 words)

 CNN.com - Germany finds military Airbus cash - Mar. 20, 2002
But the opposition Christian Democrats had said the government's plans to split the payment between the 2002 and 2003 budgets was unconstitutional.
Germany, which will not start making hard payments for its planes until 2008, is seen as crucial to the eight-nation project because the average cost of a plane would have risen without Europe's biggest economic power bank rolling the production.
EADS (PEAD), which is struggling to reduce its reliance on Airbus and is looking to boost its defence business, said earlier this week it hopes to get the go-ahead to build the A400M military transport plane.
edition.cnn.com /2002/BUSINESS/03/20/germany.airbus.a400   (319 words)

Although the likelihood of US military forces occupying Germany appeared infinitesimal in the late 1930s and only slightly greater in the first two years of the 1940s, the actions taken in those years were in some ways more significant than the subsequent mission-oriented plans and preparations.
While military government is not the sole subject of the volume, it is one of the main subjects, and after March 1946 control of military government passed to the Office of Military Government in Berlin, which, although it was headed lay an Army general, regarded itself as predominantly a civilian agency.
Military government as it was conceived during the war and installed in Germany in 1944 and 1945 had ended.
www.army.mil /cmh-pg/books/wwii/Occ-GY   (1790 words)

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