Pack animals - the German Mountain Infantry Brigade
The German Mountain Infantry Brigade are the last brigade in the Bundeswehr that use horses and mules. The mules are used to carry heavy loads and supplies to troops in the mountains. To work together as successfully as possible, the bond between soldier and animal must be very strong. Previously, the brigade was deployed on NATO missions in Kosovo and Afghanistan. Learn how man and animal work together while out on deployment in the mountains. Footage includes various shots of members of the German Mountain Infantry Brigade working together with their mules during exercise Mountain Lion in the Alps.
“If you are good to the mules, the mules will be good to you.” Learn how the soldiers from the German Mountain Infantry Brigade use mules to supply troops in remote places.
1. (00:00) VARIOUS CLOSE-UP SHOTS - MULES IN STABLES 2. (00:21) VARIOUS SHOTS - GERMAN SOLDIERS GROOM AND FEED MULES WHILE ON THE MOUNTAIN 3. (01:16) VARIOUS SHOTS - MEMBERS OF GERMAN MOUNTAIN INFANTRY BRIGADE PUT ON CAMO PAINT 4. (01:24) VARIOUS SHOTS - FULLY KITTED MEMBERS OF GERMAN MOUNTAIN INFANTRY BRIGDE LEAD MULES ON A WALK IN THE MOUNTAINS 5. (02:32) VARIOUS AERIAL SHOTS - SOLDIERS FROM GERMAN MOUNTAIN INFANTRY BRIGADE LEAD MULES WHILE WALKING IN THE MOUNTAINS 6. (02:47) VARIOUS SHOTS - GERMAN SOLDIERS SET UP CAMP FOR THEMSELVES AND THE MULES DURING A STORM 7. (03:16) VARIOUS SHOTS - MEMBERS OF GERMAN MOUNTAIN INFANTRY BRIGADE TAKE MULES ON A MISSION TO COLLECT FOOD AND WATER WALKING THROUGH STEEP INCLINES AND ROCKY TERRAIN 8. (03:57) VARIOUS SHOTS - GERMAN SOLDIERS LOAD THE MULES WITH THE SUPPLIES IN THE WOODS ON THE MOUNTAIN 9. (04:22) VARIOUS SHOTS - GERMAN SOLDIERS LEAD THE MULES BACK TO CAMP WITH THE SUPPLIES 10. (04:53) SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH - 1st LIEUTENANT MAXIMILIAN HÖFLER, GERMAN MOUNTAIN INFANTRY BRIGADE “The German Mountain Infantry Brigade is the last mountain infantry brigade in the Bundeswehr. So, the Mountain Infantry Brigade was always part of the Bundeswehr, so we are the ones who are the specialists for mountain warfare. 11. (05:18) SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH - 1st LIEUTENANT MAXIMILIAN HÖFLER, GERMAN MOUNTAIN INFANTRY BRIGADE “Our task is to supply the troops on narrow paths in the mountains with a lot of weight and many supply goods. So the paths we can walk on, you might, if you’re a good driver, you might drive on them with a motorcycle, or something like that, but you won’t load 120 kilos on a motorcycle. So that’s the reason why we are needed. You might say, then you use a helicopter, but we can work when it’s bad weather and we work under all the conditions.” 12. (05:56) SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH - 1st LIEUTENANT MAXIMILIAN HÖFLER, GERMAN MOUNTAIN INFANTRY BRIGADE “Our unit is very important for the NATO because whenever there is a mission in the mountains, and this we have seen in Kosovo and in Afghanistan, it’s very important to have the possibility to bring supply to the troops and we are, in our special terrain, we are in the end the best way to bring those supply goods to the troops, because of that in my opinion it’s very important that NATO has this possibility and I think that it will also be important in the future.” 13. (06:43) SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH - SERGEANT MARIO THIESS, GERMAN MOUNTAIN INFANTRY BRIGADE “In our unit we have a special vet, only for us, for the mules. Also we have now around about 10 blacksmiths. OK, we have in the unit around about 50 mules and 20 riding horses and they have a lot to do, the blacksmiths, and yeah it’s a special job in our unit.” 14. (07:04) SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH - SERGEANT MARIO THIESS, GERMAN MOUNTAIN INFANTRY BRIGADE “There are different loads, we have sometimes water, something to eat, ammunitions, heavy weapons. If we have a long march and it’s very high and it’s hard for me, then I talk to him and say ‘hey, OK, only a few hundred metres to go, we can do it’, also if I have some problems, if there are no other soldiers anywhere near so I talk also about my problems with the mule.” 15. (07:33) SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH - SERGEANT MARIO THIESS, GERMAN MOUNTAIN INFANTRY BRIGADE “The mules are strong, they are helpful, they are lovely and they are honest, and if you are good to the mules, the mules will be good to you.”
- Date filming
- 12 Jul 2018 12:00
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