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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

So how about BAOV?

A piece by Nick Drew at the weekend on C@W prompted a flood of BAOR nostalgia; Güttersloh, Sennelager and Rheindalen were names as familiar to generations of service families as Camberley, Colchester or Tidworth. Wives formed social circles to learn German, drink taste wine or hike, and 'Imbiss' and 'Bratties' were added to the working vocabulary of the British Army. Housing half the army in cut-price bases in Germany rather than in the Home Counties also saved the taxpayer a few bob - as did using the German countryside to drive our tanks about in, rather than Surrey. 

With NATO feeling obliged to show it's still here, how about a new army of the Vistula, based in NATO's most eastern satellite? It may take the men a while to learn that Shemesh is written Przemyśl and that glasses are not clinked, but cheap bases, lots of play space for the armoured boys and pretty girls - what else could a modern army want for?


East_Anglian said...

Get's my vote Radders.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Ain't gonna happen.

We've paid of all the troops, spent the money on bread and circuses instead, and our current "leaders" are spineless wishy-washy wimps with no discernible principles.

Putin will do what he likes, and he knows it.

Sebastian Weetabix said...

Britian is not completely defenceless. There will be extremely stiff editorials in the Newspapers. It is only a shame the Skibbereen Eagle is no longer among them.

Nick Drew said...

I'll rise a glass of Asbach to that (and a Charlie Mit for my driver)

good tank country too - more elbow-room than Hohne ...

Pip pip!

Mike Spilligan said...

....but will they want "our" plumbers and brickies back?

hatfield girl said...

Bit of a problem with this though:

NATO reiterates that in the current and foreseeable security environment, the Alliance will carry out its collective defence and other missions by ensuring the necessary interoperability, integration, and capability for reinforcement rather than by additional permanent stationing of substantial combat forces.

Quite a lot of the Founding Act on mutual relations, cooperation and security between NATO and the Russian Federation is a spoke in the wheel for central European war games by NATO.

Demetrius said...

Vistula? Sounds like one of those nasty rashes that troops are prone to catch in garrison towns. "Scuse me doc, I caught a dose of the vistulas".

Cascadian said...

"what else could a modern army want".....tanks!

At least in the case of the Brits.

Camoron is a warhawk with no army, navy or air force worth considering.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Never mind the Skibbereen Eagle, the really important question is, what will the Oban Times say?

Greatest newspaper in the world!

Where else could you read about who won the golden spirtle in the World Porridge-making championship?