In Hohenfels NATO Dress Rehearses Invasion Of Russia

Dear Readers:

I saw this piece today in Kommersant.  The headline is that NATO is seeking supernumeraries (aka “extras”) to play the role of Russian civilians for a training exercise.

A German talent agency called Optronic HR GmbH  has put out a casting call for Russian-speaking extras to portray “peaceful civilians”.  The talent are expected to report for duty on April 26 and will work on this project up to 15 May.  The pay is 88-120 Euros per day.  According to the job description, most of the actors will be cast as “farmers or store owners”.

The American army and NATO have used this German talent agency before, so no shock there.  What is different this time is that, in the past, the talent agency staffed scenarios that were more in line with America’s aggressive wars in the Middle East, say, Afghanistan.  Hiring extras to portray Russians can be construed as a more aggressive attitude toward Russia.  Not to mention telegraphing an intent to invade and bomb the shit out of Russia.

The training exercise will take place on the polygon of Hohenfels, in Bavaria.  This training polygon was founded by the German army in 1938.  When the Germans lost the war, the polygon was captured by the American army on April 24, 1945.  Ever since then, Germany has been occupied by the Americans, and whatever the Germans had or have, actually belongs to America.  Especially the military assets.  Under the fig leaf of NATO, it goes without saying.  But within the NATO alliance, Germans are especially valued because of their experience in invading Russia.

On the Hohenfels polygon, NATO has built 10 “Potemkin villages”, each village consisting of 10-30 homes.  Between 30-100 actors will “live” in each village, portraying hapless Russian civilians who find themselves in the middle of some nasty goings-on.  Each “Russian civilian” will wear a special jacket containing an infrared transponder, this will allow the military brass to count how many civilians get “accidentally” harmed in the course of certain military operations.


This is not a live-fire exercise, more like a glorified paintball game.  But the point being, not that anyone is expected to really get hurt, but more like, what is the actual intention here?  As we have seen from past experience, NATO’s training exercises, say, simulating a war in Afghanistan, are often followed by the real deal.  Not deliberately trying to be paranoid here, but this Hohenfels dress rehearsal, combined with everything else that has been going on these past few years, clearly signals a sinister intent.

In other words, when does the real invasion of Russia by NATO begin?  The second question being:  Is the Russian army ready and prepared for this inevitable attack?

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6 Responses to In Hohenfels NATO Dress Rehearses Invasion Of Russia

  1. Fern says:

    Genuinely shocking – these people are nuts. It seemed scarcely believable when a German Chancellor sent tanks to the Russian border and then expressed surprise when the Russians deemed it provocative but this planned ‘exercise’ is just such an in-your-face escalation, it really is incredible. Like a lot of people, I can’t understand why Europe’s so-called ‘leaders’ don’t wake up to the fact that they’re being pushed, slowly but inexorably, into a war which will destroy the continent but leave the prime mover, the US, untouched.


    • yalensis says:

      I know, people are sleep-walking into a war, and it’s really horrible.
      I hope they wake up before it’s too late!


    • karl1haushofer says:

      “but leave the prime mover, the US, untouched.”

      Russia should make it clear, that if any kind of a NATO-attack is directed towards Russia from Europe, North American continent will not be left untouched.


  2. Ryan Ward says:

    There is one more benign interpretation of the events. NATO forces might project that, in the case of a Russian invasion of the Baltics, dealing effectively with (and hopefully retaining the loyalty of) the local Baltic Russian population would be key. Alternatively, the aim could be to prepare for the circumstances arising in the case of a counter-attack after a Russian invasion (In both cases, the intent would be defensive, if somewhat paranoid). Of course, it’s definitely still worrying, but I don’t think we should assume that NATO is in the process of drawing up the final details for Barbarossa II. I have trouble believing that anyone at NATO is crazy enough to be actively planning for an aggressive war that would likely result in hundreds of thousands of NATO casualties, even assuming nuclear options could be kept off the table.

    As an aside, I’m not completely sold on the training value of these “extras”. I don’t see a whole lot of value added by having extras that speak the local language of whatever place you’re interested in. The only people who get extra value out of that are the translators, and they could surely get experience of equal value for a lower cost. I remember, back in my time in the infantry reserve, training with some Afghan extras. The trouble was that, once they got to Canada, they formed a union, and forced through a collective agreement stating that they wouldn’t work in the rain, among other things. Unfortunately, no one bothered to tell us about this, and we ended up spending a rainy day wandering around empty Potemkin villages. I was a little less than impressed that I got my socks soggy for nothing.


  3. yalensis says:

    Hi, Ryan!
    I hope you’re right that NATO is not made up of crazy people, but sometimes I wonder…

    That’s an interesting tidbit about the Afghan “extras”. And you make an excellent point – why should it even matter what language the extras are speaking? The exercise should just be scripted in whatever language the soldiers speak. It’s not like the soldiers are going to “soak in” another culture and actually learn another language in the course of the next 2 weeks. The only value of the exercise is to rehearse various action scenarios and procedures.

    If they were making a film, that would be different, there would be value in having extras who speak fluently the “enemy” language.


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