No Longer the 'Aggressive Camping Organization' Afghanistan Deployment Forges More Assertive Bundeswehr

After close to a decade of deployment in Afghanistan, German soldiers have seen something not experienced by their postwar predecessors: extensive combat. It has helped to create a more assertive army and changed the military in fundamental ways. It has also made the job more deadly.
Von Hans Kundnani
A German Bundeswehr soldier fires a gun during a night-time exercise in the district of Chahar Dara in northern Afghanistan.

A German Bundeswehr soldier fires a gun during a night-time exercise in the district of Chahar Dara in northern Afghanistan.

Foto: Maurizio Gambarini/ dpa