January 5th, 2011
10:41 AM ET

German officer on the close ties on the battlefield

A German officer provided a reminder Tuesday of battlefield bonds between warriors of different nations - in this case between two former enemies who are now close allies - Germany and the United States.

Participating in a video conference from Afghanistan, German Army Maj. Gen. Hans Werner Fritz described a day of fierce fighting in October when a suicide bomber killed a German paratrooper in northern Afghanistan and wounded many more.

U.S. medical evacuation helicopters - two Blackhawks - responded to the call, amidst heavy firing, the general said.

"As we say in German, there was a lot of iron in the air," Fritz said.

The American choppers loaded the wounded German paratroopers and took off. Only then, Fritz explained, did the American pilots spot the dead soldier left behind.

"And they came back - under fire. They recovered the soldier and they said that 'We are taking home a fallen hero,'" Fritz said. "And I can promise you, the German paratrooper, the German "fallschirmjager," they never forget that. This is the quality of the cooperation we are talking about."

Fritz and an American Army colonel were discussing progress in northern Afghanistan.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. MAYNARD AMMER

    Helpful views, I try to remember the first time I made use of it, not worthy of repeating! But thanks a good deal.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tim (Berlin, Germany)

    This news is not about politics, it´s about proven comradeship and some guys who supported their allies in a very proper way. Quite simple. This natural way of thinking is the only way it works between allied soldiers. Who cares about politics and history in such a situation? The matter-of-course fellowship isn´t an exception, it´s the normality I experienced myself with american soldiers while my military training. And to talk about history of the little guy on the main street: Perhaps the bonds between the soldiers are stronger quite a lot of people think. So have a look at their name badges sometime. About twenty percent of all Americans have got german ancestors.

    February 19, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Yes mcmurdo and our military cares for the families of the fighting men in all wars, we leave no one behind!

    January 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      sorry and women.

      January 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • mcmurdo proud military fiance

      yes amen to that Dan in Laf , i am one of those military familys waiting for my fiance to come home , we leave no one behind yup

      January 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Will you people kindly wise up? Germany has no business fighting this stupid war and wouldn't be if this Angie Merkel had any moral scrupples. Like I said before,Germany needs to have German leadership instead of the current puppets of the right-wing thugs in Washington!

        January 8, 2011 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Sanity

        How right you are,Dan. This saying reminds me of the movie Walking Tall. German leaders of yesteryear like Kaiser Wilhelm II and Hitler walked tall in their day,but Germany's current leaders can bearly crawl today and then only for the right-wing thugs in Washington!!!

        January 8, 2011 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Andrew Lubin

        You hit the nail on the head this time,Sanity. I couldn't have said it better!!!

        January 8, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. mcmurdo proud military fiance

    I liked it how they went back for the solider and not left him , also because it was a US medical chopper they will not leave behind any patient no matter what side they are in, we medical personel we treat any body no matter what they have done, it sounds crazy but that is how it really is in the medical field and I want to say keep up the good work all you RN`S,DR

    January 7, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      I'm with you,mcmurdo. YABBA-DABBA-DOO!!!

      January 7, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Well i'm not,so YABBA-DABBA-DON'T!!!

        January 7, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    I suppose you think that the Pakistani people should make peace with the Pakistan Taliban after all there suicide bombings and killings too and change their way of life to concur to the way of the Taliban?

    January 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Not exactly Dan,but Pakistan does need a Communist revolution on the order of that of China where they can rid themselves of foreign rule and not have to cater to anybody and get to work on their economy.

      January 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        The only reason China is in the position that they are in is because they took advantage of the free market and free trade. The key word is free and if you live in China or North Korea you are not free, but if you like communism so much why don't you learn to speak and read in China or North Korea and stay there!

        January 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    How do you make peace with some people that want your way of life destroyed, phony boy?

    January 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    That's the way we allies care for one another as brothers and families. As for the terrorists they don't care how their remembered, they will blow themselves to pieces and be remembered as murderers and killers or leave their brothers behind because their no use to them anymore. I just wish they would realize that their not doing God any favors(as it is written)but doing the work of the devil!!!

    January 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sanity

      If Germany had a leader or leaders with any moral principles at all,there'd be no German troops in Afghanistan! But sadly enough,this Angie Merkel considers war big business like every other self serving,money grubbing current European politician totally devoid of any sense of morality!!!

      January 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        What is moral about a regime having power over people to control their destiny and allow terrorists to train,plan and attack western values! I believe the free world has a moral obligation not only to stop the terrorist activities but help the Afghan people to be free to have their own beliefs about how they want to live their lives!

        January 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Sorry Sanity,I didn't post the above. In fact,I'm quite upset that Germany has troops in Afghanistan where they definately do not belong. Germany would do far better to try to arrange a peace between Hamid Karzai and the Taliban than to merely say yes to NATO.

        January 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sanity

        No worries Dan because i did not post that either...Phunny Boy at it again?

        January 6, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
      • future Marine

        will you realize that if we left the entire middle east would fall to the Taliban? considering they control oil, it would be a bad descision to leave, as well as the need to preotect Israel. Unless you want another holocaust, we need to stay there. The middle eastern governments aren't ready to deal with terrorist activities yet.

        January 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |