Latest German armed forces News

German soldier who posed as refugee convicted of attack plot

Jul. 15, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Friday convicted a military officer who posed as a Syrian asylum-seeker of plotting to attack prominent politicians, sentencing him to 5½ years in prison. The Frankfurt state court convicted the defendant of preparing a serious crime meant to...

Remains of 7 WWI soldiers given military burial in Flanders

Jun. 30, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

YPRES, Belgium (AP) — British and Canadian authorities have given seven soldiers killed more than a century ago in World War I a full military burial after their remains were discovered during a gas pipeline construction near Ypres, Belgium. The soldiers were found in two separate...

Germany to provide troops for EU military mission in Bosnia

Jun. 15, 2022 08:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Wednesday approved the deployment of up to 50 soldiers to join a European Union military mission in Bosnia. The deployment, which still has to be signed off on by Parliament, would be authorized until June 30, 2023. Defense...

Huge German military fund clears last parliamentary hurdle

Jun. 10, 2022 04:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A 100 billion-euro ($107 billion) fund to strengthen the German military cleared its final legislative hurdle on Friday, winning approval from parliament's upper house. The decision clears the way for the government to move ahead with a massive procurement drive that...

German lawmakers vote to approve huge fund for military

Jun. 03, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers voted Friday to approve a 100 billion-euro ($107 billion) special fund to strengthen the country's military, preparing the way for a massive procurement drive three months after Russia's invasion of Ukraine jolted the government into action. The...

Germany buys Chinook helicopters in arms procurement drive

Jun. 01, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

Germany plans to buy 60 Boeing Chinook transport helicopters as part of a massive procurement drive to upgrade its military, the country's defense ministry said Wednesday. Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced shortly after Russia invaded in February that Germany would commit 100 billion...

German parties reach deal to move ahead with defense boost

May. 30, 2022 05:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s governing coalition and the main opposition party have reached a deal to move ahead with a big increase in defense spending that Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced three months ago. Scholz said three days after Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24 that Germany...

Last known survivor of WWII POW massacre dead at 99

May. 25, 2022 09:53 AM EDT

MOUNT JOY, Pa. (AP) — Harold Billow, 99, the last known survivor of a World War II POW massacre during the Battle of the Bulge, will be laid to rest Thursday in Pennsylvania. Billow, who died May 17, was attached to the Army’s 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion when his...

Germany shifts focus of military missions in West Africa

May. 11, 2022 07:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government backed a change to two of the country's military deployments in West Africa, moving hundreds of soldiers from Mali to neighboring Niger and shifting its emphasis in Mali from a European to a United Nations mission. Government spokeswoman...