|"US military Humvee on the A4 near Dresden. No markings at all"|
|License plate? Unit markings? Who needs them?|
German RT February 22, 2016
Translated from German by Tom Winter
Eyewitness to German RT: Military column of about 50 unmarked heavy trucks under way near Dresden
A motorist traveling on business on the A4 towards Görlitz has turned to RT to report that he had spotted a military convoy February 20, consisting of 50 trucks, all covered with tarpaulins and without any military badges.
According to his statements, the tires of military transport vehicles were pressed, indicating heavy loading. At the same time, the US Army has announced that it is providing 5000 tons of ammunition to Germany in February.
The eyewitness, who turned to German RT and reported his observation with documenting photographs, introduced himself as a former NVA officer and was noticeably distressed when talking to RT:
"I am contacting you because I am afraid for the future of my children, I have two sons of military service age, and when I watch a NATO transport of this scale in eastern Germany, it makes me enormously worried."
He also stressed that he in contrast to the "ongoing campaign against Russia," his circle of acquaintances rather have an attitude of friendship towards Russia.
The fact that the lead vehicle is a Humvee points to the US Army. However, it is uncommon for US military transport to drive without any form of identification across German territory.
One motivation for the complete absence of any military badging could may lie in circumventing Article 5, paragraph 3 of the Two Plus Four Treaty. This Article provides, "that foreign military forces and atomic weapons or their carriers, can not be stationed nor conveyed in this part of Germany" (the five new federal states)
The observation of the eye-witness, whose name and contact information we have at German RT, and that he, for understandable cause does not want published, coincides with the statement of US Army-Europe of February 20:
"In the largest single supply of ammunition of the decade, the 21st Logistics Command has delivered more than 5,000 tons of ammunition to the 'European ammunition depot' in Miesau [Germany] between 17-18 February."
Thus the announcement on the official website of the US Army. The Chief of Staff of the US Logistics Command, Colonel Matthew Redding, continues in a presser:
"This vital supply will help us continue to support the NATO alliance. The fact that this is the largest single delivery of the last decade, demonstrates our undiminished commitment to the defense of our allies."
Redding explained also that the storage of such a large amount of ammunition will allow the US and NATO "to provide ammunition for NATO operations on very short notice." The Chief of Staff concluded by saying: "All these efforts pay off, if it comes to units needing ammunition right now, and we are able to deliver immediately" The ammunition was loaded in a total of 415 shipping containers and initially stored in Rhineland-Palatinate Miesau. The US military maintains near Miesau ("Miesau Am Panzergraben"*) the Miesau Army Depot, the largest ammunition depot outside the United States and the largest in Germany.
Ammunition should be available, among other things, for the upcoming 2016 NATO-United maneuvers "Anaconda" scheduled for June.
|'"Road to ANACONDA" Preparations base for the grand NATO manoeuvres in Poland for June, 2016' Photo credit: US-Army Europe|
At the military exercise over 25,000 soldiers from 24 countries will take part, including the USA, Germany, Great Britain, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Hungary, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. Since the merger by referendum of Crimea with Russia in 2014, NATO has greatly expanded its military maneuver activities in Europe. The biggest NATO exercises in 2015, called "Trident Juncture," included 36,000 soldiers, 60 warships and 200 warplanes from 30 different countries. Moscow has repeatedly asked NATO to stop its expansion into Eastern Europe as once agreed and has repeatedly stressed that such steps have the potential to undermine the security of all of Europe.
*The name of a German town is often specified by naming the river alongside it, i.e. "Aldingen Am Neckar," Aldingen-on-the-Neckar. Here it is Miesau, humorously called "Miesau on the tank graveyard."
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