If the Russian ever plan on pouring through the Fulda Gap and making a run for the ports on the English Channel they better think twice now! The US has decided to counter the massive Soviet and Warsaw Pact mechanized forces stationed in East Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia by building up its military hardware in Western Europe.
US Army has begun shipping M1 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley armored infantry vehicles and M109 Palladin self-propelled howitzers to a depot on the Dutch-German border which will evantually house 1,600 of these vehicles. The Wall Street Journal:
“We are taking proportionate and measured steps to defend our alliance,” he said. “We want to make sure we are sending a clear signal to Russia that we will not accept any violation of NATO’s territorial integrity.”
The site at Eygelshoven is a nondescript collection off large warehouses near a rail line. The only prominent sign it is a military facility is the NATO flag flying near the gate. Inside one of the warehouses, the U.S. Army has begun moving Abrams Tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Paladin artillery and other weaponry.
Eventually, 1,600 vehicles will be stored in six warehouses.
The site, according to Dutch officials, was opened in 1985 as part of the Reagan-era defense buildup, and was used by U.S. forces as they practiced moving from the U.S. to Europe to defend against a Russian attack.
Yes the US Army really thinks it is 1985 again and that tanks warehoused in Western Europe actually serve a function. Or better put, it finds it in its interest to pretend that it does.
And the Dutch of course, had an empty warehouse left over from the Reagan are so it’s a win-win! — Except for any taxpaying Americans.
“The Dogs of War” are loose and the rugged Russian Bear,
Full bent on blood and robbery, has crawl’d out of his lair;
It seems a thrashing now and then, will never help to tame
That brute, and so he’s out upon the “same old game.”
The Lion did his best to find him some excuse
To crawl back to his den again, all efforts were no use;
He hunger’d for his victim, he’s pleased when blood is shed,
But let us hope his crimes may all recoil on his own head.
We don’t want to fight but by jingo if we do,
We’ve got the ships, we’ve got the men, and got the money too!
We’ve fought the Bear before and while we’reMuricans true
The Russians shall not haveRotterdam.