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That this, apparently, needs to happen is fucking disgusting. Makes me want to fly to Germany and buy each of these returning soldaten a cold beer, and then throat stomp the fucks that threaten them or their families.
Bundeswehr protects soldiers from harassment with anonymity - The Local
Bundeswehr protects soldiers from harassment with anonymity
Published: 29 Jun 10 08:43 CET
Online: Bundeswehr protects soldiers from harassment with anonymity - The Local
Bundeswehr soldiers who serve on foreign deployments and their families experience so much harassment in Germany that the military has taken to blurring their faces in press photos, a media report said on Tuesday.
After a recent ceremony for some 20 soldiers at the Clausewitz barracks in Saxony-Anhalt, their commander decided to have their faces rendered unrecognisable for local press photos, daily Mitteldeutsche Zeitung reported.
He justified the decision by saying that otherwise their homes would be broken into and their families would receive anonymous calls claiming that their soldier had fallen in Afghanistan.
“Such things do happen,” parliamentary commissioner for the Bundeswehr Hellmut Königshaus told the paper, referring to “anti-militarists” with a targeted plan for creating uncertainty in the ranks and playing with the emotions of their families.
Some of these people are known to organise parties to celebrate the deaths of soldiers, he said.
A Defence Ministry spokesperson confirmed with the paper that such incidents are becoming more frequent, saying that some soldiers and family members had even been accosted. The Bundeswehr has therefore chosen to protect the anonymity of soldiers serving abroad, giving only their first names and blurring their faces in any public document.
"The spirit must be the firmer, the heart the bolder,
courage must be the greater as our might fails"
It's a shame. Why is there never a shortage of stupid people? Must be really funny to call the families of soldiers and claim their loved ones are dead. Stupid fucks.
"We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things."
“They paid the highest price that a soldier can pay. I bow before you. Germany bows before you.”
I'm sure it's a very small minority that behave like that but it's sad that the Military find it necessary at all. I guess it just goes to show that stupidity knows no borders.
As a sidenote... in my perception the standing of members of the bundeswehr greatly improved in the public since it actually has real missions abroad (e.g. yugoslavia) and at home (Oder-flood). At my time you maily learned how to get drunk efficiently!