British veterans of the war against Germany will find it hard to credit, but the Bundeswehr is but a pale shadow of the formidable fighting force they took on a lifetime ago. Once a byword for resilience, fighting spirit and the profession of arms, the modern German Landser will not now go out after dark, so they say.

It seems that the modern Germany has not taste whatsoever for the business of fighting. According to the German Ambassador to the UK Wolfgang Ischinger, sixty years of bad press for the Wehrmacht of 1939-1945 has removed from the German people any taste they might once have had for the business of war.

As a result their contingent in Northern Afghanistan is carefully kept away from the sharp end of the war in the South where the brunt of the fighting (and the dying) is being done by the likes of the UK, Canada and the US (respectively 87, 78 and 483 casualties since 2001). Germany has sustained 25 casualties since 2001, eleven to suicide bombers or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), one to a mine, seven in a helicopter crash, four defusing ordnance, one in a vehicle accident and one to an unknown but ‘non-hostile’ cause. None has died in action or as a result of wounds sustained in action.

As a result Germany is accused of not pulling its weight, which is why the good Ambassador has been trying to make his apologies. The main participants are trying to persuade Germany to send its contingent south and get stuck in.

It is ironic that we have managed to reach such a situation where the Germans evince no taste for the business of fighting a war. Once Mr. Churchill could say of them “A Hun alive is a war in prospect”, but now a combination of a job well done that culminated in the Wehrmacht’s unconditional surrender on Luneburg Heath before Field Marshal Montgomery in May 1945 and the laying bare of the myth that atrocities committed in war zones were only committed by the Waffen-SS or the Einsatzgruppe has disinclined the German public to evince any enthusiasm for the business of war.

On one level one might opine that this suggests that the pursuit of Germany until her utter defeat in 1945, accompanied as it was by the total destruction of her main cities, finally crushed German Militarism from the once and for all and thus represents a job well done. No more will our young man have to go to war to get their boot on the Prussian neck. As the Communists produced the lazy Germans in East Germany, so we have managed to produce a nation of pacifists, apparently.

Yet it may be that we have gone too far in knocking the stuffing out of the Hun. If NATO is to mean anything, its members should not be able to dodge the column by studiously sitting on its hands and avoiding to inevitable consequences of a Treaty freely entered into. It is time for some nations to place their sons and daughters in harm’s way.

On the other hand it also calls into question the whole notion of a ‘common foreign and security policy’ so beloved of the Euro Nabobery and other assorted federasts. If the politicians will not take their toys out of the box for what fell squarely within the criteria set for NATO as an attack on some of its members, what hope is there for them to organize a European Army?

Sadly this will not stop some of the more Europoxed amongst our new political masters from indulging their fantasies (and spending our money on all manner of duplicate infrastructures) on the vast number of divisions that will soon be called forth from the youth of The Empire and marched to the sound of the guns.

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