„Bombodrom“ is the Russian word for a bombing training range. The „bombodrom“ I speak about is located in Brandenburg (one of the federal countries in Germany). It is 80 km to the south to Berlin and 120 km to the north to the Baltic Sea. From north to south the area is 19 km long and from west to east between 5 km and 10 km, altogether 142 square km.

If you look to the map you find that there are many lakes, forests, heathes and nature reserves; it is very attractive for tourists, especially for canoeists and kayak riders.

This area was Soviet occupation zone and later German Democratic Republic. In the 50s the Soviets began to erect here a bombing training range. The private and public owners were forced to lease their soil for money, a very low sum. The area was not officially confiscated, but after the forced leasing the owners were not allowed to enter their property.

Until 1993 the Soviet and later Russian Air Force used the bombodrom for training low level flights and bombing. The people living in this area had to suffer a lot and called this area „Stalin’s bombodrom“. They hoped that after the reunification of Germany their suffering would end. At this time the land register still showed that the property belonged to the owners before the military use. So the owners hoped to get their land back. But in December 1993 the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) declared they want to use this area again. They built barriers and marked the area with hundreds of signposts saying that this is military area, which must not be entered. From 1994 to 2000 the bombodrom was used for low level flights but not form bombing training.

The inhabitants were very angry. All the concerned communities did this. From 1994 until today the court procedures go on and on, probably for the next five years. The highest administration court decided in 2000 that this area belongs to the state, because it was used for military reasons. But in the same judgement also declared that the use for the military is forbidden, because the Bundeswehr didn’t made a hearing of all the concerned communities and didn’t declare what they need the area for. A rather strange judgement! In the following years the Bundeswehr made the hearings afterwards in a superficial manner.

In July 2003 the minister of defence ordered to use the bombodrom now for the Bundeswehr and the allied forces. Against this order the concerned communities filed suits again to the administrative courts. The courts interim orders prohibit the military use again, mainly because of the noise. A expertise showed that the noise can have the power 115 dB(A), which means that a single low level flight can cause a lasting damage of human health. The main proceedings will last 5 years probably.

In the order from July 2003 you find details of the flight routes. Low level flights are possible down to 30 m (100 feet). There are some restricted areas where the minimum flight altitude is 450 m (1500 feet). These are the villages and one of the main tourist areas.

26 Nations establish the NATO Response Force with 21,000 soldiers, which has today 9,000 soldiers. The NRF is for intervention outside the NATO territory. Germany contributes to the NRF with 6,000 soldiers, 6 Tornado warplanes, 2 frigates and 2 minesweepers

The EU is establishing an intervention force (rapid task force) with 80,000 soldiers in 2012. Today the EU had failed to fit the timetable, because of lack of soldiers and equipment. The goal of the EU is that 80,000 soldiers can be deployed within 60 days to any place in the world for an intervention which lasts 1 year. This 80,000 soldiers are recruited from a pool of 100,000 soldiers. For this pool Germany even offered 33,000 soldiers, which is biggest contingent of all EU states. The EU intervention force will have 4 aircraft carriers, 7 submarines, 17 frigates, 2 corvettes and 70 other ships, 336 warplanes and 64 other planes.

Inside the EU France, Great Britain and Germany have decided to have 13 super fast units called „battle groups“, each with 1,500 soldiers. This is the plan, in brackets the year of readiness:

DEU + FRA (first half of 2006)

DEU + NED + FIN (first half of 2007)

DEU + SPA + FRA (first half of 2008) (leaded by Spain)

DEU + POL + SLK + LET + LIT (first half of 2010) (leaded by Poland)

This battle forces were also part of the draft for an European constitution, within the frame of „structural cooperation“ (see Art. I 41, 6+7 und Art. III 312, Art. III 309,1).

Nuclear sharing arrangements within the NATO

The USA have deployed about 150 nuclear bombs in Germany,
20 in B and 130 at the US base Ramstein. In B German air force soldiers train together with their US colleagues in the frame of nuclear sharing arrangements how to drop nuclear bombs from Tornado bombers.

NATO’s doctrine of the nuclear first strike is still valid. Just recently at the NATO’s Nuclear Planning Group on June 9. 10. the USA did not change anything. They claim these weapons are extremely important for peace. When the German minister of defence asked very timidly for a withdraw of the US nuclear bombs his proposal was swept aside adamantly by his US colleague Rumsfeld.

Also the recently failed Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference indicates that the USA are not willing to question their nuclear arsenal and don’t want to fulfil their obligation for nuclear disarmament and for nonproliferation into countries, which have no nuclear arsenal, like Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and Turkey. In this countries the USA deployed 480 nuclear bombs.

New German law for dispatch troops

For sending German troops into a war it was necessary to get the permission of the German parliament. But this is too difficult. So the German government made a new law which makes it possible to send troops immediately. This law with the nice name „parliament participation law“ passed the parliament on March 18., 2005.(In Germany most names of a law have very fine names, but often have an opposite content, so also in this case). After our troops are fighting already on foreign soil the parliament can decide afterwards. This law makes it easier for the government to make preventive wars.

Details of the military use of the „bombodrom“

For the details of how all this is becoming reality I look now into the „manual for the use of the air/surface bombing training range Wittstock“ which was issued by the Bundeswehr on January, 20., 2003. This 7 pages paper and a fine map show, where the training war planes come in, fly their circles and drop their bombs, of course only training bombs. According to the manual the war planes make low level flights and come down to 30 m (100 feet). Above villages and one very attractive tourist area with sanatorium they must keep the distance of 450 m (1,500 feet), in the night 360 m (1,200 feet).

On the ground there will be a shooting range, a infantry range and installations for the electronic warfare, air defence rockets, radar and other communication, fire brigade and commandant’s office.

On 200 days per year, each week the training is on 25 hours in the daytime and 10 hours in the night.

In the manual for the bombodrom you find in the footnote 5 the description of the „Loft procedure“, this is exactly the procedure for nuclear bombing. In this case the warplane has to make a special move up and then release the bomb, so that the bomb cannot fall down directly but must make a bow and therefore needs much more time before it explodes. In the manual the Bundeswehr describes the „Loft procedure“ necessary to get out of the area of anti aircraft rockets. But as we know the nuclear bombing was trained before in Siegenburg and Nordhorn and this bombing ranges are to be replaced by the bombodrom, it is obvious that nuclear bombing is to be trained on the bombodrom. In the map there is a special blue dashed line to show the rout of the nuclear bombers.

„America s 703 officially acknowledged foreign military enclaves (as of September 30, 2002), although structurally, legally, and conceptually different from colonies, are themselves something like microcolonies in that they are completely beyond the jurisdiction of the occupied nation[1]. The United States virtually always negotiates a „status of forces agreement“ (SOFA) with the ostensibly independent „host“ nation, including countries whose legal systems are every bit (and perhaps more) sophisticated than our own.

You can find the legal frame for Germany in the NATO Status of forces agreement (SOFA) from June, 19., 1951. There are Additional Agreements to SOFA (ZA NTS) between Germany, Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands, Belgium and France, which have been modified 1993. The bombodrom is no official US military bases, but it can be used by „allied forces“, which are bound to the ZA NTS. There are special agreements for admission and coordination of manoeuvers from March 18.,