21st century kit

An Andrew Neil beration:

They sent the German army into the Atlantic NATO exercise with broomsticks for guns.

I don’t think Andrew understands that using broomsticks instead of guns is going to be the policy of the new EU army. It’s safe, sensitive, and causes far less deaths.

Update: Perry de Havilland of the famous blog you don’t need me to say the name of asks me:

Is the broomstick thing actually true? I’d love to see a source.

I would have guessed that it was odds-on to be an urban myth, but it seems it was true:

German soldiers used broomsticks painted black instead of guns during a joint Nato exercise last year due to severe equipment shortages, it has emerged.


The incident took place during exercises for Nato’s rapid response force, formed in reaction to the Ukraine crisis, which is supposed to be ready to deploy anywhere it is needed at very short notice …


The troops were missing 31 per cent of their MG3 general-purpose machine guns, 41 per cent of their P8 handguns, and more than three-quarters of their Lucie night-vision devices.


Soldiers resorted to painting broomsticks black and attaching them to Boxer armoured vehicles to simulate gun barrels.

What the article doesn’t report is that the night-vision devices were replaced by soldiers cupping their fingers around their eyes and squinting. I’m not even going to talk about how the P8 handguns were replaced, as I think anyone with hands and fingers can guess…


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