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Wachbataillon (full name: "Wachbataillon beim Bundesministerium der Verteidigung (WachBtl BMVg)" (Guard battalion at the Ministry of Defence)) is the German Bundeswehr's elite drill unit. The Wachbataillon is the largest battalion of the German forces with about 1,800 soldiers, split in two garrisons in Berlin and Siegburg. It consists of eight companies (see list below) and belongs to the "Streitkräftebasis" (Joint Service Support Command) of the Bundeswehr. The soldiers of the Wachbataillon have the uniforms of all three German forces (i.e. Army, Navy and Air Force) at their disposal to be able to perform any drill mission on every occasion. About 80% of Wachbatallion's personnel are conscripts. The Bundeswehr (German for Federal Defence Force;  ) is the name of the unified armed forces of Germany. ... Symbol of the Austrian 14th Armoured Battalion in NATO military graphic symbols A battalion is a military unit usually consisting of between two and six companies and typically commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel. ... For people named Garrison, see Garrison (disambiguation) Garrison House, built by William Damm in 1675 at Dover, New Hampshire Garrison (from the French garnison, itself from the verb garnir, to equip) is the collective term for the body of troops stationed in a particular location, originally to guard it, but... This article is about the capital of Germany. ... Siegburg is a city within the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis (Rhein-Sieg-County) of Germany with a population of 41. ... Look up company in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Logo of the Streitkräftebasis Feldjäger(MP) patrol vehicle Streitkräftebasis (Joint Support Service, SKB) is a branch of the German Bundeswehr established in October 2000. ... The German Army (German: Heer, [IPA: heɐ]  ) is the land component of the Bundeswehr (Federal Defence Forces) of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... 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... The Deutsche Luftwaffe or   (German: air force, literally Air Weapon IPA: ) is the commonly used term for the German air force. ...


The primary mission of the Wachbataillon is to perform the military honors for the German president, the German Chancellor, the Federal Minister of Defence and the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr during state visits or on comparable occasions. Beside that the Wachbataillon executes the Großer Zapfenstreich on special occasions (for example on the 50th anniversary of the Bundeswehr in front of the Reichstag in Berlin in the night of October 26, 2005) or takes part at military shows with its drill team which is the best trained special unit of the battalion. A secondary mission is to guard the members of the German government and the Ministry of Defence at wartimes. As a direct attack on Germany is no longer an urgent threat since the end of the Cold War, that mission got more and more obsolescent. The President of Germany is Germanys head of state. ... The head of government in Germany has traditionally been called Kanzler (Chancellor). ... The Federal Minister of Defence (in German, Bundesminister der Verteidigung) is the member of the German Federal Cabinet in charge of the Federal Ministry of Defence. ... Coat of Arms of the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr The Inspector General of the Bundeswehr (German: Generalinspekteur der Bundeswehr (GenInspBw)) is the highest-ranking general or admiral in the Bundeswehr, the federal armed forces of Germany. ... The “Großer Zapfenstreich” (litterally translated “Grand Tattoo”; US: “Grand Taps“) is the most important ceremonial act in the German federal forces (Bundeswehr). ... Reichstag may refer to: Reichstag (institution), the Diets or parliaments of the Holy Roman Empire, of the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy and of Germany from 1871 to 1945 Reichstag building, Berlin location where the German legislature met from 1894 to 1933 and again since 1999 The Reichstag fire in 1933, which... is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ...


For reasons of tradition the Wachbataillon is the only unit of the Bundeswehr still using the Kar98k because the traditional Prussian rifle drills can be executed better with that historical weapon. During normal day duty the battalion uses the G36 rifle like the other units of the Bundeswehr. The 8th company is the last unit in the Bundeswehr using the Feldhaubitze 105 mm in the role of a salute gun. For the opening number of Fiddler on the Roof, see Tradition (song). ... The Karabiner 98 Kurz (often abbreviated Kar98k or K98k) was a bolt-action rifle adopted as the standard infantry rifle in 1935 by the Wehrmacht,[3] and was one of the final developments in the long line of Mauser military rifles. ... Motto Suum cuique Latin: To each his own Prussia at its peak, as leading state of the German Empire Capital Königsberg, later Berlin Government Duke1  - 1525–68 Albert I (first)  - 1688–1701 Frederick III (last) King1  - 1701–13 Frederick I (first)  - 1888–1918 William II (last) Prime Minister1,2... H&K G36 The Heckler und Koch Gewehr Model 36 (company designation G36, Bundeswehr designation ) is a modular weapon system designed in West Germany in the 1980s and 1990s. ... The 105mm Howitzer M2A1(M101) was the standard medium field howitzer for the U.S. in World War two, seeing action in both European and Pacific theatres. ...


The silent drill team of The Citadel, The Summerall Guards, models its own routine after Wachbataillon's. The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, is a state-supported, comprehensive college located in Charleston, South Carolina. ... Named after General Charles P. Summerall, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and Citadel president from 1931 until 1953, The Summerall Guards was founded in 1932 and remains The Citadels silent drill platoon. ...


List of Wachbataillon's companies

Company ! Duty of company ! stationed in
1./WachBtl BMVg Staff company Berlin
2./WachBtl BMVg Drill- and guard company Berlin
3./WachBtl BMVg Drill- and guard company Siegburg
4./WachBtl BMVg Drill- and guard company Berlin
5./WachBtl BMVg Drill- and guard company Berlin
6./WachBtl BMVg Drill- and guard company Siegburg
7./WachBtl BMVg Drill- and guard company Berlin
8./WachBtl BMVg Guard company Berlin
9./WachBtl BMVg (wartime only; Field reserve unit)

External links

  • Official information site about the Wachbataillon (German)
  • Picture galleries of the Wachbataillon (German)

 
 

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