As of: February 11, 2024, 10:16 a.m
By: Martina Lippl
The Bundeswehr is rehearsing for an emergency.
12,000 soldiers are taking part in the major exercise Quadriga 2024.
The military is already on the streets.
Munich – Armored transport vehicles roll in a convoy along the highway.
An unusual picture.
Even more military will soon be on our streets.
With Quadriga 2024, the Bundeswehr is taking part in the NATO exercise Steadfast Defender.
The Bundeswehr has announced that thousands of combat vehicles will be driving through Germany at the same time.
Will there be traffic chaos?
Individual regions could be particularly affected.
Major NATO maneuvers: There will be military convoys and obstructions due to Quadriga 2024
“The Bundeswehr will provide comprehensive information on all media channels about what specific effects there will be on road, air and sea traffic and how the exercise will proceed,” says the current Quadriga website.
At this point in time, nothing can be said about the concrete effects.
a spokesman referred to cautious statements in the detailed planning for reasons of military security.
But confirmed that “more military will be visible in public spaces and especially on streets and highways”.
Germany plays a central role for Steadfast Defender and “Quadriga”.
“The Bundeswehr, but also our partners from NATO and the EU, will travel via the “Germany hub” in order to exercise within the federal territory, but also with partners in neighboring NATO alliance states just to the east,” said the Bundeswehr .
All main modes of transport such as road, rail, sea and air would be used to relocate troops, so there could be impacts in almost all federal states.
The Bundeswehr speaks of a “road march”.
More traffic can be expected, particularly on the roads of Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, as roads and motorways are also temporarily used for troop movements.
Road march theme
Road march theme
The relocation of vehicles, material and soldiers by road transport is referred to as
a road march
in the Bundeswehr .
Vehicles move in a column one behind the other, for example on a motorway.
More vehicles are being added.
Military refueling is also well prepared and organized so that a large number of vehicles do not cause a traffic jam at a civilian gas station.
Press Quadriga 2024
The NATO exercise Steadfest Defender 2024 is already underway.
It is the alliance's largest exercise since the end of the Cold War 35 years ago.
The Bundeswehr is taking part in four exercises called Quadriga 2024.
The alliance defense system should be subjected to a stress test with the series of exercises, said the army inspector, Lieutenant General Alfons Mais, in advance.
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“Turntable”: Germany plays a central role in NATO exercises
According to the Bundeswehr, the exercises will pick up speed in the next few weeks.
The German troops were alerted as early as January.
The Bundeswehr’s land forces “will be kept on tenterhooks for five months” – until the final exercise in May in Lithuania.
The Bundeswehr is rehearsing for an emergency under the title “Quadriga 2024”.
Military convoys with armored transport vehicles of the “GTK Boxer” type (photo) are already on the road march.
© Marco Dorow/Bundeswehr
“Quadriga is about training for the rapid deployment of our own forces to NATO’s eastern flank in Norway, Lithuania, Romania or Hungary,” says the Bundeswehr website.
In addition, the Bundeswehr must support and protect the armed forces of NATO partners when they relocate troops and material.
Germany serves as a “hub” for multinational troop deployments.
Large-scale exercise Quadriga 2024 begins - the Bundeswehr will rehearse an emergency for five months
The military exercise Quadriga 2024 consists of four sub-exercises: Grand North, Grand Center and Grand South and Grand Quadriga.
During this time, the Bundeswehr is practicing in Germany, Norway, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Lithuania.
February 21st - March 15th
Poland and Lithuania
February 26th - April 26th
Romania via Hungary
April 26th - May 18th
May 2nd to 30th
Quadriga is intended to show that the Bundeswehr is determined and capable of making a decisive contribution to the defense of NATO's eastern flank, according to a statement from the Bundeswehr.
Germany mobilizes armored division
During the final exercise Grand Quadriga from mid-May, the 10th Panzer Division will be moved from various locations in Germany by ship, rail and road march to Lithuania in order to demonstrate its fighting ability in a battle there.
NATO wants to mobilize around 90,000 soldiers for the major Steadfast Defender 2024 exercise to deter Russia.
The largest NATO exercise to date since the end of the Cold War was organized in 2018 with a focus on Norway.
Around 51,000 soldiers were involved.
The last NATO maneuvers that were larger than the exercise now planned took place before the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
At that time there was, among other things, the “Return of Forces to Germany” series of maneuvers.
In 1988, for example, around 125,000 soldiers were involved.
There was a lot going on in the skies over Germany during the NATO exercise Air Defender 2023.
A number of holiday planes had to take evasive action.