German troops have enlisted an unusual helper in their fight against radical Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan. “Hermann” the donkey not only hauls weaponry for the Bundeswehr, he also lifts the mood for soldiers in camp.
The Germans purchased the beast of burden for the equivalent of about €70 at a local market to help carry weapons and ammunition across rice fields in the unstable Char Darah district.
“Sometimes one must find unconventional solutions,” said Captain Michael L., adding that Hermann is “tactically necessary.”
From The Local.
Do you know about the Bundeswehr’s mountain infantry? They still use mules and Haflingers to transport equipment, supplies and munitions in mountainous areas.
I didn’t know! Thank you! I will make a note of that. The US Army has, alas, disbanded its mule farm, I think.
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