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GSG 9

Old GSG 9 Official Patch
Active April 17, 1973 - Present
Country Flag of Germany Germany
Branch Bundespolizei
Type Special Operations
Role Domestic counter-terrorism and law enforcement
Size Classified
Part of Directly under control of the Bundespolizei and the Ministry of the Interior
Garrison/HQ Sankt Augustin-Hangelar, Bonn
Commanders
Current
commander
Olaf Lindner
Notable
commanders
Ulrich Wegener, Friedrich Eichele

The GSG 9 der Bundespolizei (formerly the German abbreviation of Grenzschutzgruppe 9, Border Guards, Group 9) is the counter-terrorism unit of the German Federal Police, and is considered to be among the best of such units in the world. Many later counter-terrorism units of other nations were modelled after the GSG 9. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Gsg9insignia. ... is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Bundespolizei or BPol for short, is the Federal Police of Germany. ... Special forces or special operations forces is a term used to describe relatively small military units raised and trained for reconnaissance, unconventional warfare and special operations. ... Counter-terrorism refers to the practices, tactics, and strategies that governments, militaries, and other groups adopt in order to fight terrorism. ... For the band, see The Police. ... Sankt Augustin is a town in the Rhein-Sieg district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... Bonn is the 19th largest city in Germany. ... Ulrich K. Ricky Wegener was a renowned German police officer and a founding member of the counter-terrorist force GSG 9. ... Counter-terrorism refers to the practices, tactics, and strategies that governments, militaries, and other groups adopt in order to fight terrorism. ... Badge of the BPOL The Bundespolizei (BPOL) is the (primarily) uniformed federal police force of Germany. ...

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History and name

In 1972, the Palestinian terrorist movement Black September used the Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany to kidnap eleven Israeli athletes, killing two in the Olympic Village in the initial assault on the athletes' rooms. The incident tragically culminated when German police, neither trained nor equipped for counter-terrorism operations, attempted to rescue the athletes; they failed miserably, and the operation led to the deaths of one policeman, five of the eight kidnappers and the remaining nine hostages (subsequently called the Munich massacre). As a consequence of the affair's mismanagement, German officials created the GSG 9 under the leadership of then Oberstleutnant Ulrich Wegener so that similar situations in the future could be responded to adequately and professionally. The unit was officially established on April 17, 1973 as a part of Germany's federal-level police agency, the Bundesgrenzschutz (federal border guard service; renamed in 2005 to Bundespolizei, federal police). The name GSG 9 stood for "Grenzschutzgruppe 9" (border guardsgroup 9) and was chosen simply because there existed eight regular border guard groups at the time, although after the 2005 renaming the expansion was dropped and the abbreviation "GSG 9" is now the single official way to refer to the unit. Its formation was based on the expertise of the British SAS (who also offered great support in the forming of GSG 9) and the Israeli Sayeret Matkal. The term Palestinian has other usages, for which see definitions of Palestinian. ... A Black September terrorist on a balcony in the Olympic Village in September 1972, during what became known as the Munich Massacre, in which 11 Israeli athletes were kidnapped and killed. ... The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, were held in Munich, West Germany, from 26 August to 11 September 1972. ... For other uses, see Munich (disambiguation). ... The Munich massacre occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, when members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, a group with ties to Yasser Arafat’s Fatah organization. ... Oberstleutnant is the German Army (Bundeswehr) equivalent to Lieutenant Colonel, above Major, and below Oberst. ... Ulrich K. Ricky Wegener was a renowned German police officer and a founding member of the counter-terrorist force GSG 9. ... is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Bundesgrenzschutz or BGS for short, is the Federal Border Service or Guard of Germany. ... Bundespolizei or BPol for short, is the Federal Police of Germany. ... See also Australian Special Air Service Regiment and New Zealand Special Air Service: The Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) is the principal special forces unit of the British Army. ... Sayeret Matkal (Hebrew: סיירת מטכל, translation: General Staff Reconnaissance unit) is the elite special forces unit of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). ...


GSG 9 is deployed in cases of hostage taking, kidnapping, terrorism and extortion. The group may also be used to secure locations, neutralize targets, hunt fugitives and sometimes conduct sniper operations. Furthermore, the group is very active in developing and testing methods and tactics for these missions. Finally, the group may provide advice to the different Länder, ministries and international allies. The group assists the Bundespolizei and other federal and local agencies on request. For other uses, see Hostage (disambiguation). ... Terrorist redirects here. ... For other uses, see Blackmail (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Sniper (disambiguation). ... Germany is a Federal Republic made up of 16 States, known in German as Länder (singular Land). ... Politics of Germany takes place in a framework of a federal parliamentary representative democratic republic, whereby the Federal Chancellor is the head of government, and of a plurality multi-party system. ...


Missions

Its first mission, which is still one of the most well-known and established the GSG 9's reputation as an excellent unit, was "Operation Feuerzauber" (Operation Fire Magic). It was carried out in 1977 when Palestinian terrorists hijacked the Landshut, a Lufthansa plane on the way from Palma de Mallorca to Frankfurt, demanding that imprisoned members of the German "Red Army Faction" terrorist group be freed. The aircraft was then flown to several destinations throughout the Middle East. During this time, the Lufthansa captain was executed by the leader of the hijackers in Aden. Following a four-day odyssey the hijackers directed the Boeing 737 to Mogadishu, Somalia, where they waited for the arrival of the Red Army Faction members after the German government had (falsely) signalled they would be released. In the night between October 17 and October 18, Somalian ranger units created a distraction, while members of the GSG 9 supported by two British SAS operatives stormed the plane. The operation lasted seven minutes and was successful: all hostages were rescued, three hijackers died, the fourth was seriously injured. Only one GSG 9 member and one flight attendant were injured. The international counter-terrorism community applauded GSG 9 for the excellent and professional handling of the situation, especially because assaults on planes are considered the most difficult scenarios. The Landshut at Mogadishu Airport, on October 18, 1977. ... The term Palestinian has other usages, for which see definitions of Palestinian. ... The Landshut was a Lufthansa aircraft that was hijacked as part of the events in the German Autumn of 1977. ... Deutsche Lufthansa AG (ISIN: DE0008232125) (pronounced ) is the second largest airline in Europe (after Air France - KLM). ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Palma (Catalan) Spanish name Palma de Mallorca Postal code 070XX Area code 34 (Spain) + 971 (Balearic Islands) Website http://www. ... For other uses, see Frankfurt (disambiguation). ... Red Army Faction Insignia - a Red Star and a Heckler & Koch MP5 The Red Army Faction or RAF (German Rote Armee Fraktion) (in its early stages commonly known as Baader-Meinhof Group [or Gang]), was one of postwar West Germanys most active and prominent militant left-wing groups. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... Port of Aden (around 1910). ... The Boeing 737 is an American short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body jet airliner. ... Mogadishu (Somali: Muqdisho, popularly Xamar; Arabic: ; Italian: ) is the largest city in Somalia, and its capital. ... is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also Australian Special Air Service Regiment and New Zealand Special Air Service: The Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) is the principal special forces unit of the British Army. ...


Publicly known missions

  • October 17, 1977/October 18, 1977: Lufthansa Flight 181 was hijacked by four Arab terrorists demanding the release of Red Army Faction members. GSG-9 stormed the aircraft on the ground in Mogadishu, Somalia and freed all 86 hostages.
  • 1982: Arrest of RAF terrorists Mohnhaupt and Schulz
  • June 27, 1993: Arrest of RAF terrorists Birgit Hogefeld and Wolfgang Grams in Bad Kleinen. Some people believe that Wolfgang Grams was executed in revenge for the death of GSG 9 operative Michael Newrzella during the mission. Grams had shot and killed Newrzella when Newrzella tried to tackle him. However, the official investigation determined that Grams committed suicide.
  • 1993: Ending of the hijacking of a KLM flight from Tunis to Amsterdam, redirected to Düsseldorf, without firing a single shot.
  • 1994: End of a hostage situation in the Kassel Penitentiary
  • 1994: Involved in the search for the kidnappers Albert and Polak
  • 1998: Arrest of a man trying to extort money from the German railway company Deutsche Bahn
  • 1999: Arrest of Metin Kaplan in Cologne
  • 1999: Arrest of two suspected members of the Rote Zellen (Red Cells) in Berlin
  • 1999: Involved in ending the hostage situation in the central bank in Aachen
  • 2000: Advised the Philippines in relation to a hostage situation
  • 2001: Arrested two spies in Heidelberg
  • 2001: Assisted in the liberation of four German tourists in Egypt
  • 2001: Arrested a number of terrorists related to the September 11, 2001 attacks
  • 2002: Arrested a number of terrorists related to the September 11, 2001 attacks
  • 2003: Protection of the four members of the German Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) (the governmental disaster relief organization of Germany) in Baghdad, Iraq. The THW's mission was to repair the water distribution network.
  • 2004: GSG 9 is responsible for protecting German embassy property and personnel, including the embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. On April 7, 2004 two members were attacked and killed near Fallujah while in a convoy travelling from Amman (Jordan) to Baghdad. The men aged 25 and 38 were travelling in a car at the rear of the convoy, and therefore received most of the enemy fire after passing the ambush. The men were shot after their armoured Mitsubishi Pajero/Shogun was hit and stopped by RPGs. In a later statement, the attackers apologized for mistaking the German convoy for an American convoy. One of the bodies is still missing.
  • 2007: Arrest of three terrorists with links to al Quaida, suspected of preparing a massive bomb attack on US facilities in Germany. The terrorists had amassed 730 kg (1,500 pounds) of hydrogen peroxide, enabling them to build bombs with more explosive power than those used in the Madrid and London attacks. Few days before the arrest, "police experts secretly swapped the 35-percent solution of hydrogen peroxide contained in 12 barrels for a diluted liquid that only contained 3 percent of the chemical." (Spiegel Online)

Note: The majority of this unit's missions are confidential, and public information is not available. Since the founding of the GSG 9 the group has participated in over 1500 missions, yet reportedly fired shots only on 5 occasions (official count, prior to the 2003 Iraq War). These occasions were Mogadishu in 1977, Bad Kleinen in 1993, Aachen in 1999, and two more missions where firearms were used to shoot the dogs of the persons being arrested. is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... The Landshut at Mogadishu Airport, on October 18, 1977. ... Red Army Faction Insignia - a Red Star and a Heckler & Koch MP5 The Red Army Faction or RAF (German Rote Armee Fraktion) (in its early stages commonly known as Baader-Meinhof Group [or Gang]), was one of postwar West Germanys most active and prominent militant left-wing groups. ... Mogadishu (Somali: Muqdisho, popularly Xamar; Arabic: ; Italian: ) is the largest city in Somalia, and its capital. ... For other uses, see Hostage (disambiguation). ... Red Army Faction Insignia - a Red Star and a Heckler & Koch MP5 The Red Army Faction or RAF (German Rote Armee Fraktion) (in its early stages commonly known as Baader-Meinhof Group [or Gang]), was one of postwar West Germanys most active and prominent militant left-wing groups. ... Terrorist redirects here. ... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Red Army Faction Insignia - a Red Star and a Heckler & Koch MP5 The Red Army Faction or RAF (German Rote Armee Fraktion) (in its early stages commonly known as Baader-Meinhof Group [or Gang]), was one of postwar West Germanys most active and prominent militant left-wing groups. ... Terrorist redirects here. ... Birgit Hogefeld (born 1956 in Wiesbaden) was a member of the West German terrorist group The Baader-Meinhof Gang also known as the Red Army Faction. ... Wolfgang Grams (March 6, 1953 - June 27, 1993) was a member of the terrorist group Red Army Faction. ... Bad Kleinen, Overlooking a train station with the Schweriner See in the distance. ... Michael Nerwzella (September 1967 - June 27, 1993) was a german police officer and member of the famous GSG 9. ... Hijackers inside flightdeck of TWA Flight 847 Aircraft hijacking (also known as skyjacking and aircraft piracy) is the take-over of an aircraft, by a person or group, usually armed. ... KLM can also refer to KLM (Human Computer Interaction) KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (in full: Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, literally Royal Air Transport Company; usual English: Royal Dutch Airlines) is an airline subsidiary of Air France-KLM based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. ... For other uses, see Amsterdam (disambiguation). ... The title of this article contains the character ü. Where it is unavailable or not desired, the name may be represented as Duesseldorf. ... For other uses, see Hostage (disambiguation). ... This article is about the city of Kassel in Hessen, Germany. ... A prison is a place in which people are confined and deprived of a range of liberties. ... “Kidnapper” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Blackmail (disambiguation). ... Germanys main train operator, the Deutsche Bahn AG (German Railway Corporation, also known as DB or DBAG) provides passenger and freight service via federally owned tracks. ... Metin Kaplan (born November 14, 1952, in the Turkish province of Erzurum) is the leader of the radical Islamist movement Kalifatsstaat (caliphate state) which is based in Cologne, Germany. ... For other uses, see Cologne (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of Germany. ... Oche redirects here; in darts the oche is the line from which players must throw. ... For other uses, see Hostage (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Heidelberg (disambiguation). ... Terrorist redirects here. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... Terrorist redirects here. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... THW-Logo The Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk (Federal Agency for Technical Relief, THW) is a disaster relief organisation controlled by the German federal government. ... Baghdad (Arabic: ) is the capital of Iraq and of Baghdad Governorate. ... A water tap Tap water (running water) is part of indoor plumbing, which became available in the late 19th century and common in the mid-20th century. ... Baghdad (Arabic: ) is the capital of Iraq and of Baghdad Governorate. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the city of Fallujah in Iraq. ... For other meanings, see Amman (disambiguation) and Ammann. ... An ambush is a long established military tactic in which an ambushing force uses concealment to attack an enemy that passes its position. ... The Mitsubishi Pajero (IPA: ) is a sport utility vehicle manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors. ... An RPG-7 captured by the US Army RPG, or Rocket propelled grenade is a loose term describing hand-held, shoulder-launched anti-tank weapons capable of firing an unguided rocket equipped with an explosive warhead. ... A typical classified document. ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... Mogadishu (Somali: Muqdisho, popularly Xamar; Arabic: ; Italian: ) is the largest city in Somalia, and its capital. ... Bad Kleinen, Overlooking a train station with the Schweriner See in the distance. ... Oche redirects here; in darts the oche is the line from which players must throw. ... This article is about the video game. ...


Organization

The unit forms part of the German Bundespolizei (Federal Police, formerly Bundesgrenzschutz), and thus has normal police powers, including, for example, the power of arrest. The Federal Police of Germany (and thus the GSG 9) is under the control of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The Bundespolizei also provides aerial transportation for the GSG 9. In contrast, regular police forces are subordinate to the various States or Länder, as are their Spezialeinsatzkommando (SEK) SWAT teams, while the military is responsible for the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) (Special Forces command) and the Kampfschwimmer German Navy SEALs. Bundespolizei or BPol for short, is the FederalPolice of Germany. ... Germany is a Federal Republic made up of 16 States, known in German as Länder (singular Land). ... Spezialeinsatzkommandos (SEK) are the SWAT units of the German federal states. ... This article is about Special Weapons and Tactics. ... The Kommando Spezialkräfte (Special Forces Command, KSK) is part of Germanys Special Forces. ... This article is about Germanys commando frogmen. ... German frigate Karlsruhe rescuing shipwrecked people off the coast of Somalia while participating in the international anti-terror operation ENDURING FREEDOM, April 2005 The Laboe Naval Memorial for sailors who lost their lives at sea during the World Wars and while on duty at sea and U 995 Modern air... // Look up seal in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The GSG 9 is based in Sankt Augustin-Hangelar near Bonn and consists of three main sub-groups, plus a number of support groups as shown below. Sankt Augustin is a town in the Rhein-Sieg district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... Bonn is the 19th largest city in Germany. ...


Regular operations

The first sub-group of the GSG 9 is used for regular land-based counter-terrorism actions. This may involve cases of hostage taking, kidnapping, terrorism or extortion. The group may also be used to secure locations, neutralize targets, sniping and tracking fugitives. The group has approximately 100 members. For other uses, see Hostage (disambiguation). ... Terrorist redirects here. ... For other uses, see Blackmail (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Sniper (disambiguation). ...


Maritime operations

The second sub-group of the GSG 9 is used for operations at sea, for example the hijacking of ships or oil platforms. The group has approximately 100 members. Hijackers inside flightdeck of TWA Flight 847 Aircraft hijacking (also known as skyjacking and aircraft piracy) is the take-over of an aircraft, by a person or group, usually armed. ... The Hibernia platform is the worlds largest oil platform. ...


Airborne operations

The third sub-group of the GSG 9 is used for airborne operations, including parachuting and helicopter landings. The group has approximately 50 members. This article is about the device. ... For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ...


Technical unit

This unit supports other units in gaining entry to target areas and is responsible for the procurement, testing and issuance of non-weapon equipment. The members of the technical unit are also EOD experts. They are trained in the rendering safe and disposal of IEDs.


Central services

This service group maintains the GSG 9 armoury and is involved in testing, repairing and purchasing weapons, ammunition, and explosives. The Royal Armoury, Leeds An armory (Armoury) is a military depot used for the storage of weapons and ammunition. ... A weapon is a tool used to kill or incapacitate a person or animal, or destroy a military target. ... Ammunition, often referred to as ammo, is a generic term meaning (the assembly of) a projectile and its propellant. ... Preparing C-4 explosive This article is concerned solely with chemical explosives. ...


Documentation unit

This unit handles communications, including the testing, repairing and purchasing of communications and surveillance equipment. For the Bobby Womack album, see Communication (1972 album). ... For other uses, see Surveillance (disambiguation). ...


Operations staff

This is the administration of GSG 9.


Training unit

This unit trains existing members, and selects, recruits and trains new members.


Training

Members of the Bundespolizei and other German police services with 2 years of service can join the GSG 9. The 22-week training period includes 13 weeks of basic training and 9 weeks of advanced training. Besides medical tests there are many physical and psychological requirements, for example running 5000 meters within 23 minutes and jumping a distance of at least 2.4 meters (from a standstill). The identity of GSG 9 members is classified as top secret. Further training often involves co-operation with other allied counter-terrorism units. A typical classified document. ...


Only one in five pass the training course.


Equipment

Heckler & Koch GmbH (H&K) (pronounced [1]) is a German weapons manufacturing company famous for various series of small firearms, notably the MP5 submachine gun, the MP7 personal defense weapon, USP series of handguns, high-precision PSG1 sniper rifle, and the G3 and G36 assault rifles. ... The MP5 is a 9 mm submachine gun of German design, developed in the 1960s by a group of engineers from the West German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch GmbH (HK). ... The MP5 is a third-generation submachine gun that is widely used by law enforcement tactical teams and military forces. ... Heckler & Koch GmbH (H&K) (pronounced [1]) is a German weapons manufacturing company famous for various series of small firearms, notably the MP5 submachine gun, the MP7 personal defense weapon, USP series of handguns, high-precision PSG1 sniper rifle, and the G3 and G36 assault rifles. ... The MP7 is a personal defense weapon manufactured by Heckler & Koch (H&K) and chambered for the 4. ... The MP5 is a third-generation submachine gun that is widely used by law enforcement tactical teams and military forces. ... The G36 (company designation, Bundeswehr designation Gewehr G36) is an assault rifle designed in the early 1990s and manufactured in Germany by Heckler & Koch. ... The AK-47 is the worlds most common assault rifle. ... The G36 (company designation, Bundeswehr designation Gewehr G36) is an assault rifle designed in the early 1990s and manufactured in Germany by Heckler & Koch. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The HK416 is an assault rifle designed and manufactured by Heckler & Koch to be an improved version of the M4 carbine pattern firearm. ... A carbine is a firearm similar to, but generally shorter and less powerful than, a rifle or musket of a given period. ... HK21 The HK21 is a belt-fed general purpose machine gun/squad automatic weapon using the 7. ... Heckler & Koch G41 automatic rifles are legal in asutralia an america with lisence An automatic rifle is a term generally used to describe a self-loading rifle capable of firing either semi or fully-automatically from a magazine or belt of ammunition. ... Heckler & Koch GmbH (H&K) (pronounced [1]) is a German weapons manufacturing company famous for various series of small firearms, notably the MP5 submachine gun, the MP7 personal defense weapon, USP series of handguns, high-precision PSG1 sniper rifle, and the G3 and G36 assault rifles. ... The PSG-1 (Präzisions-Scharfschützen-Gewehr, German for precision sharpshooter rifle) is a semi-automatic sniper rifle designed by the German company Heckler & Koch. ... The M40, United States Marine Corps standard-issue sniper rifle. ... The DSR-1 rifle is designed and manufactured by the German company AMP Technical Services as a specialised police sniper rifle. ... The M40, United States Marine Corps standard-issue sniper rifle. ... The SIG 550 (Sturmgewehr 90) is an assault rifle manufactured by Swiss Arms AG (formerly SIG Arms AG) of Switzerland. ... The AK-47 is the worlds most common assault rifle. ... The AUG is an Austrian 5. ... The Glock 17 was the first pistol designed and manufactured by the Austrian company Glock. ... A Browning 9 millimeter Hi-Power Ordnance pistol of the French Navy, 19th century, using a Percussion cap mechanism Derringers were small and easily hidden. ... The Heckler & Koch USP (Universale Selbstladepistole, or Universal Self-loading Pistol) is a semi-automatic pistol designed by the German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch. ... A handgun is a firearm small enough to be carried and used in one hand. ... The MK23 Mod 0 is an offensive handgun system consisting of a match grade semi-automatic pistol, a laser aiming module (LAM), and suppressor. ... Smith & Wesson NASDAQ: SWHC (S&W) is the largest manufacturer of handguns in the United States. ... Sturm, Ruger & Company is a Connecticut-based manufacturing company composed of three divisions: Ruger Firearms, Ruger Investment Castings, and Ruger Golf. ... “.357” redirects here. ... Revolver is also a rock-and-roll album by The Beatles. ... For other uses, see Shotgun (disambiguation). ... This article is about the company. ...

In Popular Culture

  • The GSG 9 in one way or another has been referenced or heavily seen in certain media. In Germany, there is a television program based on the actions of GSG 9 known as GSG 9 - Ihr Einsatz ist ihr Leben.
  • The GSG 9 are playable in the First-Person Shooter Counter-Strike.

GSG 9 is a German TV-series which is about the special unit GSG 9 der Bundespolizei of the German police. ... This article is about video games. ... Counter-Strike (CS) is a popular team-based mod of Valves first-person shooter (FPS) Half-Life. ...

Miscellaneous

The German GSG 9 team won every event at the 2005 SWAT World Challenge in Las Vegas, beating 17 other teams. In 2006 they again gained the victory with first place in four of the eight different competitions of World SWAT Challenge. However, in 2007 they only made over-all fifth place. The Original SWAT World Challenge is an annual competition of law enforcement SWAT teams. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ...


Initially when GSG-9 was formed, many German politicians opposed its formation fearing this would rekindle memories of the SS. The decision was taken to form the unit from police forces as opposed to the military as is the model in other countries on the grounds that German Federal law expressly forbids the use of the military forces against the civilian population, whereas if the special forces were composed of police personnel, this is within the law.


See also

Spezialeinsatzkommandos (SEK) are the SWAT units of the German federal states. ... The Kommando Spezialkräfte (Special Forces Command, KSK) is part of Germanys Special Forces. ... The Zentrale Unterstützungsgruppe Zoll (Central Customs Support Group, ZUZ) is the special operations group of the German customs service (Bundeszollverwaltung) and subordinate to the German customs criminal agency (Zollkriminalamt, ZKA). ... This article is about Germanys commando frogmen. ... This article is about Special Weapons and Tactics. ... Official force name Other names GROM Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno-Manewrowego Polish Army GROM Force Branch Polish Army Chain of Command Directly subordinate to Polish Ministry of Defence Description Special Operations Force, rapidly deployable light infantry force. ... The Munich massacre occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, when members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, a group with ties to Yasser Arafat’s Fatah organization. ... Categories: Stub | Law enforcement in France ... BOPE (Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais, or Special Police Operations Battalion), is the elite group of the Military Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ... The OMON insignia OMON (Russian: Отряд милиции особого назначения; Otryad Militsii Osobogo Naznacheniya, Special Purpose Detachment of Militsiya) is a generic name for the system of special units of militsiya (state police) within the Russian and earlier the Soviet, Ministerstvo Vnutrennih Del (MVD; Ministry of Internal Affairs). ... The Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) is the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations Counter-Terrorism tactical unit. ... F.B.I. and FBI redirect here. ...

External links

  • Official GSG 9 page of the German Federal Police
  • Site of the GSG 9 companionship
  • GSG 9 SpecialOperations.com

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