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On 12/28/2023 at 3:22 PM, BansheeOne said:

The main organizational challenge probably remains that only two formed battalions will be deployed, the third maneuver element - and probably part of the support units - to be created by restructuring eFP BG Lithuania with allied participation. If we look at the likely structure of a German heavy brigade post-2025, we have

- HQ and HQ company. Probably the easiest thing, since surplus senior ranks can always be found, either in Germany or the current main eFP LIT partners Netherlands and Norway ...

- Signals company. Likely no big deal either.

- Three maneuver battalions of either 44 Leopard or Puma each. NATO actually calls for four maneuver elements, but while previous plans had the three future heavy brigades meet that target, with the assignment of Panzergrenadierbataillon 122 and Panzerbataillon 203 to the new Panzerbrigade 42, that's no longer valid; the three emerging medium brigades only had three Boxer battalions to begin with, and I suspect that either Panzergrenadierbrigade 41, the Franco-German Brigade or even NL 13th Light Brigade will suck in another Panzergrenadier battalion from the heavy brigades just to achieve that. I further suspect that the fourth maneuver element will be claimed to be the

- Reconnaissance battalion, which has been stated to assume "area responsibility" like the old Panzeraufklärer units again; i. e., a return to economy-of-force missions as a contingency to armed reconnaissance. Hence the planned replacement of Fennek by a 6x6 vehicle with 25 mm gun, and the introduction of Boxer in a "heavy reconnaissance" variant, possibly mimicking the Fuchs-mounted "infantry" companies in the old divisional Panzeraufklärer battalions. The current formations include one recon company of 24 Fenneks; one light company with a scout platoon on Fuchs with light drones, and several military intelligence platoons; and one technical company with heavier UAVs, radar, and a maintenance platoon.

- Artillery battalion. Current artillery establishment of the Bundeswehr is a total of ten active and two reserve batteries with PzH 2000 and four with MLRS organized into four battalions of one each observation and rocket, and two to four tube artillery batteries; another battalion, notably designated "Panzerartillerie" instead of the generic "Artillerie" again, was established recently and assigned to Panzergrenadierbrigade 37. Plans are for six brigade and three divisional battalions, with the buildup likely by wheeled RCH 155 and PULS (though 14 out of a total stock of 108 PzH 2000 supplied to Ukraine and eight more cannibalized for spares will be replaced in kind; no such plans known for five out of 40 MLRS). The tracked legacy systems will probably be collected within the three heavy brigades, though the exact composition of battalions is unclear so far. They are however known to include anti-air capabilities, probably a firing unit of six Skyranger 30 on Boxer and/or the recently presented IRIS-T variant.

- Engineer battalion. Near as I can tell, current organization is two armored engineer companies with engineer and EOD squads mounted on Fuchs, Dachs AEV, Biber or Leguan ABLV and Keiler armored mine-clearing vehicles; and one heavy engineer company with unarmored construction, drilling and bridging equipment. This may be subject to revision.

- CSS battalion with three logistics companies of different types, including Büffel ARVs.

There's a FAQ on the Bundeswehr website mentioning only a reconnaissance and armored engineer company rather than bataillon each for the brigade. Unsure whether that means "German" or "overall", which would be traditionally sufficient. There is only talk of "5,000 Bundeswehr members" (including 200 civilian staff) without mention of allied contributions, so those could theoretically come on top, or actually be not considered at all. It's still rather vague, and we probably need to wait for more detailed information.

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Cool!

River looks a bit too high. Some flooding?

Of course, they would not be allowed to sport one of those in the arm...

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1 hour ago, sunday said:

Cool!

River looks a bit too high. Some flooding?

Of course, they would not be allowed to sport one of those in the arm...

1200px-Blue_division.svg.png

🤔 If that is what I think it is someone will put it on eventually. For 🧌 ing. 

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1 hour ago, sunday said:

Cool!

River looks a bit too high. Some flooding?

Of course, they would not be allowed to sport one of those in the arm...

1200px-Blue_division.svg.png

I dunno, mebbe the third time aorund we get to Moscow:

Rafael de Llanza, jefe de batallón del Regimiento José Napoleón, en la batalla de Borodinó

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2 minutes ago, Markus Becker said:

Did you have nothing but rain too the entire winter? 

 

There was some snow too, but not much. It became quite a rarity in the last decade or so. But yeah, mostly rain.

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