Latest German armed forces News

German soldiers face vaccine mandate as COVID cases rise

Nov. 23, 2021 07:16 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German military is making coronavirus shots compulsory for troops amid a growing debate in the country about whether to introduce a general vaccine mandate to counter rising infection and hospitalization rates. The Defense Ministry on Tuesday...

German navy chief vows long-term commitment to Indo-Pacific

Nov. 09, 2021 07:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The chief of Germany's navy said Tuesday that its dispatch of a warship to the Indo-Pacific underscores his country's concern that freedom of navigation and the rule-based international order are being threatened in the region, an apparent reference to its biggest trading...

Japan, Germany expand military ties as German warship visits

Nov. 05, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi on Friday said Japan will step up military cooperation with Germany in the Indo-Pacific region as he welcomed a port call by the first German warship to visit Japan in about 20 years. The frigate Bayern is visiting Tokyo after...

Germany detains 2 ex-soldiers trying to form mercenary group

Oct. 20, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Wednesday detained two former soldiers who are alleged to have tried to form a mercenary group that would have intervened in the military conflict in Yemen. Federal prosecutors said the men, identified only as Arend-Adolf G. and Achim...

Germany pays tribute to troops who served in Afghanistan

Oct. 13, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's leaders paid tribute Wednesday to its troops that served over nearly 20 years in Afghanistan, and the country's president said the German answer to the mission's disappointing end must not be “resignation and retreat” from global affairs. ...

Former Israeli soldier assaulted outside station in Berlin

Oct. 09, 2021 06:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A former Israeli soldier was assaulted in Germany's capital in what police described Saturday as an antisemitic incident. The assault took place Friday evening outside the Noeldnerplatz commuter train station in an eastern district of Berlin. The...

Germany probes far-right incidents in military guard unit

Oct. 08, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A company of the German military's honor guard battalion has been suspended from official duty amid an investigation of initiation rituals, suspected sexual abuse and far-right incidents, the German Defense Ministry said Friday. The company has been...

World War II soldier from Kentucky to be buried in hometown

Oct. 04, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

McKEE, Ky. (AP) — The remains of a Kentucky soldier killed during World War II will be buried this month in his hometown, the Army said. The burial at Wind Cave Baptist Church in McKee for Pfc. Berton J. McQueen was rescheduled for Oct. 16 and will follow funeral...

Germany concerned by talk of Russian mercenary ops in Mali

Sep. 15, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government expressed concern Wednesday at reports on the possible deployment of Russian mercenaries in Mali. Germany has several hundred soldiers taking part in United Nations stabilization and European Union training missions in the West...