The 2022 Russian intervention in Ukraine has prompted increased defense preparations across Western Europe. Many nations have increased spending and procurement to bring their forces up to date for a NATO proxy battle against Russia.

Additionally, NATO nations have increased joint training operations to improve inter-operability. Perhaps most notably, the Dutch Army announced that all three of its combat brigades would now be deployed under German military command?

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As a founding member of NATO, the Royal Netherlands Army’s doctrine focuses heavily on cooperation with allied armies. To make up for its small size, at least compared to other European armies, the Dutch Army has partnered with the German Army.

Both countries operate the Leopard 2 main battle tank and over 70% of the population of the Netherlands speaks German. Failing that, over 90% speak English, so the language barrier between the two armies is minimal.

In 2014, the first Dutch combat brigade was integrated into the German Army. The 11th Air Assault Brigade (Netherlands), a rapid light infantry brigade, was brought under the command of the Rapid Forces Division, an airborne division of the German Army.

german leopard 2 battle tank

In 2017, the Romanian 81st Mechanized Brigade was also aligned with the Rapid Forces Division.

In 2016, the joint Dutch-German 414 Tank Battalion, which is comprised of one Dutch company and three German companies all fielding Leopard 2 tanks, was integrated into the Dutch Army’s 43 Mechanised Brigade.

In turn, the brigade was integrated into the German Army’s 1st Panzer Division.

dutch army infantry fighting vehicle

In September 2022, Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren told the Dutch parliament that the option of integrating the Dutch Army’s final combat brigade, the 13th Light Brigade, into the German Army was being investigated.

On February 1, 2023, Bloomberg reported that Germany and the Netherlands are working on integrating the 13th Light Brigade and its wheeled, armored vehicles into the German 10th Panzer Division.

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Major Mark van de Beek, a spokesperson for the Royal Netherlands Army, told Bloomberg via telephone that the merger of the last Dutch combat brigade could happen as soon as early April, though the Dutch government has yet to make a final decision.

With the Dutch Army of roughly 8,000 soldiers fully integrated into the German Army, it would create a force of about 50,000 personnel. Moreover, the two armies are considering joint purchases of future military equipment and standardization of regulations.

We are the / ABC Flash Point News 2023.

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Observation Post
Observation Post
30-03-23 09:04

Nazi’s sticking together?

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Observation Post
30-03-23 09:04

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30-03-23 10:50

When Hitler had the same opinion – the Netherlands merely being a province of Germany -, he was a violent invader, while there was as good as no opposition to Germany in either 1st or 2nd World war.

Is this constitutional ? The EU “Constitution” 100% sure is not. NATO is a convicted “conglomerate of criminal organisations”. Is there still a law governing us ?

Is anybody aware of the fact that Germany is still occupied by the USA since the 2nd WW ? (read: Das Deutschland Protocol)

Last edited 2 months ago by M17
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30-03-23 13:55

That is because Russia defeated the Nazis during the battle for Moscow, and later liberated eastern Europe during WW II. So NATO was incorporated against the Warsaw Pact in order to keep the WW II victims out of western Europe.