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German military preparing for potential war with Russia, leaked internal report reveals

A leaked confidential strategy paper shows Germany is preparing for a potential war with Russia, as it boosts its budget and plans to become the world’s third-biggest military spender.

German troops NATO military exercise
German troops in a NATO military exercise in 2021

Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel obtained a leaked confidential strategy paper that reveals the country’s military is preparing for a potential war with Russia.

The German military, the Bundeswehr, released the secret 68-page document internally in September.

The Bundeswehr chief, Inspector General Eberhard Zorn, warned that Germany could be attacked, and he proposed plans for a future armed conflict with Russia.

The report claims that Germany faces “existential” threats.

The document opens stating, “War in Europe is a reality again.” It predicts that the most likely scenario would be a conflict with Russia on NATO’s eastern flank.

Der Spiegel noted that the strategy paper stresses the need for “deterrence.”

In the past few decades, the German military has focused on small, specialized units, but this report says the armed forces will now prioritize training large units that are always ready for war.

The document reaffirms the Bundeswehr’s commitment to the US-led NATO cartel, but also makes it clear that Berlin is beginning to consider its own strategic autonomy independent of Washington.

Der Spiegel summarized the document as an outline for a “mega-reform” of the armed forces.

The Germany newspaper has not translated the article into English, and the striking report got almost no coverage in the English-language press.

Germany plans to become world’s third-biggest military spender

As a member of NATO and the de facto leader of the European Union, Germany has played a significant role in the Western proxy war on Russia that began in 2014, when a US-sponsored coup d’etat violently overthrew Ukraine’s democratically elected neutral government and installed a staunchly anti-Russian, pro-Western regime.

This US-backed putsch set off a civil war in Ukraine. In an attempt to end the violence, Germany and France helped Ukraine negotiate the Minsk II accord with Russia in 2015. Berlin was supposed to guarantee that Kiev implemented the agreement, but Ukraine refused to do so – and Washington discouraged it from meeting its political obligations.

Germany and France were generally seen as less hawkish against Russia than the United States. But when Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, the situation changed completely.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz described the escalation of the proxy war as a “turning point” for Europe. His government promptly embarked on the first substantial re-militarization of the country since the end of the first cold war.

Scholz announced his administration would create a €100 billion “special defense fund,” in addition to the ballooning German military budget of €50 billion per year.

In June, Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, approved this special fund.

Reuters reported that Germany plans to devote at least 2% of its GDP to military expenditure, “making it the world’s third-biggest military spender behind the United States and China.”

Germany’s military budget is expected to grow to nearly €60 billion by 2023, more than €70 billion by 2024, and eventually €80 billion by 2030.

German military expands its role in NATO

With the proxy war in Ukraine heating up, Germany is also playing a more active role in NATO.

The New York Times reported in June that the US military is using bases in Germany to train Ukrainian troops, and Germany became home to a coalition cell of Western militaries planning the proxy war on Russia:

Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the [US] Army’s 10th Special Forces Group, which before the war had been training Ukrainian commandos at a base in the country’s west, quietly established a coalition planning cell in Germany to coordinate military assistance to Ukrainian commandos and other Ukrainian troops. The cell has now grown to 20 nations.

In September, Germany sent more troops to a permanent NATO deployment in Lithuania, a former member of the Soviet Union that is close to the border with Russia.

In October, Berlin initiated a NATO military exercise in Lithuania which will involve roughly 5,000 German troops.

Germany remilitarizes with €100 billion ‘special budget’

The re-militarization of Germany is bipartisan, and has the support of both the current centrist, social-democratic government as well as the right-wing opposition.

German state media outlet DW explained in June:

the government has joined forces with the main opposition parties to change the constitution and allow €100 billion ($107 billion) in additional debt to upgrade the military — an unprecedented occurrence in the history of the Federal Republic.

It comes on top of this year’s record defense budget of €50.4 billion and will be spent over the next five years.

DW noted that this military spending is in addition to the billions of euros worth of support that Germany has provided to Ukraine in the proxy war with Russia.

The only major political party that opposes the re-militarization of Germany is the socialist Die Linke (Left Party). DW reported:

The Left Party in Germany is the country’s only major political camp to fundamentally reject the Bundeswehr’s additional funding. It calls the special fund a “cornerstone for permanent militarization” in Germany.

“The purchase of nuclear bombers like the F-35, new tank systems, and armed drones is sending the stock prices and profits of the major arms makers soaring,” says Sevim Dagdalen, spokeswoman for international politics of the Left Party’s parliamentary group.

Meanwhile, she says, poverty is on the rise in Germany.

According to DW, €41 billion of this special fund will go to the Bundeswehr’s air force, which plans to buy CH-47F Chinook helicopters from the US corporation Boeing and F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin, as well as the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft from pan-European company Airbus.

Germany has already ordered Heron TP armed drones from Israel.

The Bundeswehr’s navy will receive €19 billion to modernize its forces with U12 submarines and other combat boats.

The Bundeswehr’s ground forces were designated €17 billion to buy armored personnel carriers and more combat vehicles, including potentially tanks.

Germany currently has troops in Mali, as part of a United Nations mission in western Africa, although Berlin has claimed it will withdraw them by 2024.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Warren Peace

    2022-11-25 at 04:32

    Germany is trying to lick the boot stamping on its face

  2. Deschutes

    2022-11-26 at 09:48

    It’s fucking unbelievable really. As if WWI and WWII weren’t enough bloodshed, death and misery for Europe and Russia. Evidently stupid humans still haven’t learned their lesson. Germany lost its independence after losing WWII, and become a colony or client state of USA. Maybe that’s why USA is now going to use Germany as a battering ram to destroy Russia, as USA has done with Ukraine. The Americans are truly an evil, vile disgusting lot. Their economy literally cannot function without war, and war is the ONLY thing that restarted America’s economy after the recession of the 1930s. 22 years ago the ‘in’ war was the ‘war on terror’; today it is the ‘war with Russia’. After the Americans lose to Russia they will then start a war with China. And they are already trying to think of who to have a war with after that. USA SUCKS….GERMANY SUCKS…UKRAINE SUCKS…wash/rinse/repeat, etc.

    • KJBebe

      2022-11-27 at 05:02

      It’s not the working class of any of these countries that is supporting the war against Russia, it’s the capitalist class that sacrifices their own working class and the entire world working class for profit.

      • greyrosette

        2023-01-08 at 15:20

        I can assure you that working class in Poland thoroughly supports the war against Russia, and most not even in the passive “happy that Russians are fought against” but active “At the ready to pick up arms themselves” way. I can’t say for sure, but have strong suspicions that it’s the same in both Romania and Lithuania.
        Convictions and justifications aside, the idea that only a small cut of people on top is in support of any country’s policy, and that it would diametrally change once those are removed and/or the people “freed” is as much idealistic as naive, and many too eager leaders and generals have learned time and time again both in and outside of Europe.
        While it is gracious not to blame and/or punish entire nations and peoples for the “sins” of their leaders, the truth is if any of those leaders were vastly and radically opposed, they wouldn’t keep on being leaders much longer.

    • MENG SOON CHAN

      2022-11-30 at 21:48

      Get your left wing politicians to fly high thus avoiding further suffering across EUROPE AND THE WORLD except USA to gain.

    • AgentRedX

      2022-12-16 at 05:50

      I couldn’t agree more

  3. DannyThor

    2022-11-27 at 12:37

    The best joke of the year, indeed. First of all, Germany is not a sovereign country and as an occupied country it has restrictions on the size of its armies. As we know, they are minimal.

    Second, what would be the “casus belli” between Berlin and Moscow? To my knowledge, none. Russia has never threatened Germany’s territorial integrity or interfered in its interests abroad.

    Third, Germany’s military forces are far inferior to Russia’s in technology, numbers, and its soldiers don’t have the same combat readiness as the Russians. A very improbable war between the laughable Germany of today with an increasingly powerful Russia militarily would be a new Berezina, this time even more serious.

    A Bundestag PR-op and of which I don’t see the slightest meaning.

    • Brigitta Maurice

      2022-12-19 at 09:43

      Not quite as the Germans are being obliged to buy arms from the States and will help the US military industrial complex whilst ruining their own industry obeying US instructions

  4. Christian

    2022-11-29 at 03:38

    Dear Ben,

    just on thought!
    Do not trust “Die Linke”!

    Sevim Dagdelen, Sahra Wagenknecht, Gesine Lötzsch and Andrej Hunko are the last in this party whom I would call left and with a seat in the Bundestag. There are some other but not longer in the Bundestag.

    The rest of this party was so keen to join the government that they forgot their roots and are keen to support the war in Ukraine.

    However, I’m as many others are waiting that Sahra is starting an real left party.

    Greetings from Berlin

  5. JonnyJames

    2022-11-29 at 11:51

    I agree with the other comments here.

    Germany is a key vassal of the US Empire. Instead of becoming more independent of their overlords, they (the German politicians) are becoming more subservient. They have consistently undermined their own economic and social well-being to serve their masters. After all, Germany has been occupied by the US military since 1945.

    The German taxpayer will have to see their public services and benefits slashed, their economy wrecked, and more of their tax money going to the US military/security/espionage/surveillance complex.
    The sycophantic, sociopath german political class (so-called left and right) should publicly prostrate themselves in front of the senile/insane Puppet Emperor.

    As a crude sarcastic joke, I would like to see an ad campaign in Germany asking for volunteers to go fight on the Russian Front. It is a joke to think that the youth of Germany today would be willing or prepared to fight. There aint gonna be any land war against Russia, forget about it. The proxy war against Russia will continue in Ukraine and other borderlands however.

  6. Rhys Jaggar

    2022-12-07 at 04:03

    So the USA destroys German economy then Germany says it will become a huge military spender.

    The two are not economically compatible.

    • Brigitta Maurice

      2022-12-19 at 09:44

      Hopefully not

  7. spander

    2022-12-29 at 06:49

    russia an imperialist power needs to be crushed by ukrainian it will come .sorry for you but ukrainian will win that war no doubt

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