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Saturday, June 12, 2021

German Military will leave no Beer in Afganistan when they pull out.

 Those that have been reading my blog for a while know that I was stationed in Germany for 5 years in the mid 1980's through 1991, and I was stationed in the Stuttgart Area and I was quite a connoisseur of German Bier. but my favorite was "Stuttgarter Hoffbrau", I wish they sold it here, but it is a moot point since I don't drink anymore. 

But it is on my bucket list to go to Germany and I will drink one bottle to honor all of my friends that I knew in the Military that "have crossed over" while in Service and afterwards.   I ran across this story and got a chuckle out of it, my brother who goes to Astan has been on that German base in question.


Germany is following suit with the U.S. and NATO wind-down of large-scale military activity in Afghanistan, with just 1,100 troops left in the nation. This exodus has presented Germany with an odd problem of what to do with their enormous stockpile of beer.

Over the past 20 years, Germany has deployed over 100,000 troops to Afghanistan, but after the announcement in April that the U.S. will have pulled out all of its forces by September 11th, 2021, other nations including Germany have decided to do the same. This has left Germany with the logistical problem of their stockpiles of beer which have supplied their troops over the years.

German troops stationed in Afghanistan were given a daily allowance of beer to be consumed at certain times, with each soldier being allotted up to two cans of beer or equivalent beverage per day. The import of alcohol into the country is completely banned except to Camp Marmal, Germany’s base in Afghanistan.

Soldiers of the Bundeswehr, Germany's armed forces, unload an NH90 transport helicopter from a plane Antonov AN-124 for military transport arriving from Afghanistan at Leizpig Airport on May 18, 2021 in Leipzig, Germany.
Photo Credit: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

Since the U.S. announcement in April, violence in the country has risen, a situation blamed on the Taliban by NATO, who say they have not honored their commitments to reduce bloodshed in the country.

The increased level of danger in Afghanistan meant German troops have been banned from consuming alcohol. This ban has not helped to reduce the amount of alcohol in stockpiles, which was already a large amount: over 60,000 cans of beer and hundreds of bottles of champagne and wine.

 

Germany is unable to sell the alcohol in the country, as its sale, possession, and consumption are illegal in Afghanistan. In fact, a citizen who has been discovered consuming alcohol can receive up to 60 lashes of a whip, imprisonment, or a fine. They are also unable to destroy it for environmental reasons.

On Monday, a spokesperson for the German military said they have hired a civilian contractor who will take the alcohol back to Germany. This contractor will then sell the alcohol off, which should cover the costs of its transportation.

The contractor will have completed their work before the German military has completely withdrawn from Afghanistan

 

2 comments:

  1. Sigh, at least they're not going to blow it up...

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  2. It is interesting to see a German helo loaded onto a Russian transport. If it were the subject of a highschool essay, I'd say the photograph is a metaphorical representation of the generational strife between the two peoples.

    War may indeed be hell. But for some, war has become the opportunity for riches beyond imagination.

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