German Mountain Infantry and Their Mules

Mules have a long lasting history and tradition with German mountain troops.
Nov 1, 2015
German Mountain Infantry and Their Mules
 
Mules have a long lasting history and tradition with German mountain troops. Given the regions where today’s most recent conflicts take place they are a very useful and desirable asset.

In 1958, when the Mules were first established in the young Bundeswehr, their main role was to ensure the supply of mountain troops in difficult terrain where other means of transportation would not work. Being able to carry more than 100kg over a distance of 50km and an altitude of 1800m per day, the mules are a valued resource. The animals are able to manoeuvre in terrain where no vehicle or helicopter can be utilized. Ammunition, water, food, medication and other supplies are moved quickly, silently and in an efficient manner to the most extreme locations. At the same time, the mules are frugal, arduous and depend solely on the care of their handlers.

Mountain Infantry Brigade 23 consists of 4 Infantry Battalions, 1 Engineer Battalion, 1 Reconnaissance Battalion, 1 Supply Battalion, the operation and training centre for pack animals, and the staff company. The Brigade specializes in operations in difficult and extreme terrain and is frequently deployed on missions and operations.

Given these unique capabilities the brigade has some additional specialties such as expert mountain guides, vehicles to drive on snow and special high mountain platoons.
 
Oliver Amandi OF4 (Reserve)  MNJHQ Ulm
 

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