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Panzers, rolling

Some 20 years ago this month, the largest deployment of the German Bundeswehr since it was established in 1955 got underway. With United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 adopted on 10 June 1999, what became known as KFOR, some 50,000-strong, was soon stood up. Of these, 8,500 came from Germany and the force included both heavy and light armor as well as mountain (Gebirgsjäger) and parachute (Fallschirmjäger) units, the first time such detachments saw use in the Balkans since 1945.

Soldier of the Panzer Grenadier battalion 112 on a Marten AFV. On June 12., 1999

A convoy of German KFOR troops during the move into Prizren, Kosovo.

German Fallschirmjäger 1999 KFOR, note the newly-adopted HK G36

Prizren sniper overwatch KFOR June 1999, German Scharfschütze mit dem G22, an Accuracy International AWM with matched Zeiss 3–12×56mm glass

A convoy of several Leopard 2 A4 MBTs drives out of the camp at the airfield. KFOR

Strassenszene in Prizren – Waffenträger Wiesel der Fallschirmjäger. You have to love a Wiesel.

A TPZ Fox secures the bridge to the Prizren, Kosovo, old town area near the iconic Sinan Pasha Mosque, the latter built in 1615 by the Ottomans. (November 1999).

Ein Kampfpanzer Leopard 2 A5 in destroyed village near Nasec.

Ein Kampfpanzer Leopard 2 A5 in destroyed village near Nasec.

In the past 20 years, 135,000 Germans have taken part in KFOR operations, and 70 are still deployed today.

This is sure to get your attention in the trenches

Here we see perhaps the pinnacle of German Great War sniping rifles.

JP Sauer & Sohn Gewehr 98 Sniper Rifle with detachable Zeiss 2.5x monocular optical sight that superimposed a pyramidal aiming point in the field of view and trench mag 2
It is a JP Sauer & Sohn Gewehr 98 Sniper Rifle with detachable Zeiss 2.5x monocular optical sight that superimposed a pyramidal aiming point in the field of view. The large objective allowed for better light-gathering, but the best feature was a radium-enhanced reticle that allowed precise sighting in near darkness.

JP Sauer & Sohn Gewehr 98 Sniper Rifle with detachable Zeiss 2.5x monocular optical sight that superimposed a pyramidal aiming point in the field of view and trench mag

Best of all, the optic could be removed easily if the regular “iron sights” were the best for a specific shooting scenario.

Also of note is the 20-round “trench mag,” hinged breech cover to keep mud, blood and beer out, and the classic Mauser pigsticker on the end, for when raiders come a’ callin.

Before the G36…

In a direct rebuttal to the current state of German Army battle rifles, lets take a look at the downright primitive stuff they had a hundred years ago…

Bavarian troops pose in a trench, 1915. Note the man at the rear - his Gew98 is outfitted with a scope, and he wears both the lanyard of a Schutzenschnur that identifies him as a marksman, and the steely look of a man not to be trifled with. Click to big up

Bavarian troops pose in a trench, 1915. Note the man at the rear – his Gew98 is outfitted with a scope, and he wears both the lanyard of a Schutzenschnur that identifies him as a marksman, and the steely look of a man not to be trifled with. Click to big up