German Armed Forces casualties in Afghanistan

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The memorial to the fallen and otherwise deceased German ISAF soldiers in the German camp at Kunduz

With a contingent of 5,350 soldiers and policemen, Germany is one of the main contributors of troops to coalition operations in Afghanistan. Although German troops mainly operate in the comparatively quiet north of the country, the Bundeswehr has suffered a number of casualties during participation in the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan.

Overview[edit]

As of May 5, 2013, 54 German soldiers and three policemen died in Afghanistan, raising the death toll to 57. Among them are the first German reservists to fall in hostile actions and the first German policemen to die in a deployment abroad since World War II. In addition to these fatalities, 245 German soldiers and four police officers suffered injuries of varying degree caused by hostile activity.

Controversy[edit]

The number of fatalities has caused a stir in Germany since it is the highest of all deployments abroad that the German army has ever participated in since World War II and because the German participation in ISAF and Operation Enduring Freedom, which is now in its seventh year, is much disputed at the moment. ISAF participation marks the first time since World War II that German ground troops have been confronted with an organized enemy. Prior to 2002, the Armed Forces had sustained only two losses of life connected to direct hostile activities, (A soldier with UN troops in Cambodia was shot dead in 1993 and a medical officer died when the helicopter he was travelling in was shot down by Georgian insurgents in 2003).

As a direct result of the number of deaths, German Federal Minister of Defence, Franz Josef Jung, presented plans to establish a central memorial for fallen soldiers in Berlin on June 17, 2007. Furthermore, the Bundeswehr has unveiled a new order which is to honour acts of heroism achieved in deployments abroad: The Cross of Honour for Bravery.

An incident that occurred on June 26, 2005 which was at first declared an accident by the Cabinet of Germany turned out to have been an attack with a remote-controlled device.[1]

The cause of death of a soldier who died on September 8, 2007 at an unknown location in Afghanistan has not yet been disclosed. It appears to be a result of suicide.[citation needed]

The cause of death of two soldiers who died in the first half of 2003 has yet to be disclosed. As no official sources specify the circumstances of their deaths, they are very likely not connected to hostile action.[citation needed]

In a statement published on February 2, 2008, Herr Jung mentioned a number of 26 German soldiers who had been killed in Afghanistan.[2]

German media have reported several times that at least twelve Kommando Spezialkräfte Army Special Forces soldiers died in Afghanistan.[3] In a 2010 interview however, KSK commander Hans-Christoph Ammon said that no KSK soldiers had so far been killed in action.[4] However, due to a press release from the US European Command, it is confirmed that at least one soldier was wounded in action at an location in Afghanistan sometime between June and October 2005.[5]

Chronology of incidents[edit]

2002[edit]

Date Location Nature of incident Circumstances Situation
Note: Ranks and unit names are listed in English for better understanding
Casualties
2002-02-15 Kabul, Ghazi Stadium Hostile Riots Riots during a soccer match left five German and Austrian soldiers injured. Locals had tried to storm an overcrowded soccer stadium and attacked the soldiers who tried to block their way.[6] 3 WIA
2002-03-06 Kabul Non-hostile Accidental explosion Two German and three Danish soldiers died[6][7] when the defusing of a S-125 Neva/Pechora Surface-to-Air-Missile failed. The missile had accidentally exploded due to a defect.

Fatalities:[8]

  • Staff Sergeant Thomas Kochert, EOD Company 11
  • Staff Sergeant Mike Rubel, EOD Company 11
2 Killed
2002-12-21 Kabul Non-hostile Accidental helicopter crash A CH-53GS helicopter crashed in Kabul. The exact reason for the crash, which was first thought to be enemy fire, turned out to be a mechanical failure concerning the Swashplate of the aircraft. Seven servicemen died.

Fatalities:[7][8]

  • Captain Friedrich Deininger, Army Aviation Regiment 25
  • 1st Lieutenant Uwe Vierling, Army Aviation Regiment 15
  • Sergeant First Class Heinz-Ullrich Hewußt, Army Aviation Regiment 15
  • Sergeant First Class Thomas Schiebel, Army Aviation Regiment 25
  • Sergeant First Class Bernd Kaiser, Army Aviation Regiment 15
  • Sergeant Frank Ehrlich, Technical Center of the Air Force No.3
  • Private First Class Enrico Schmidt, Army Aviation Regiment 25
7 killed

2003[edit]

Date Location Nature of incident Circumstances Situation
Note: Ranks and unit names are listed in English for better understanding
Casualties
2003-03-20 Kabul Non-hostile unknown Not a combat-related incident

Fatality:

1 dead
2003-05-17 Kabul Non-hostile unknown Not a combat-related incident

Fatality:

  • Major Alexander Hofert,[8] Fighter Wing 33
1 dead
2003-05-29 south of Kabul Hostile Landmine One serviceman died[7] and one suffered injuries when the vehicle (Wolf) they were travelling in struck a landmine.[6] They had been on a reconnaissance tour in the south of Kabul

Fatality:

  • Specialist Stefan Kamins,[8] AMILGEO
1 KIA, 1 WIA
2003-06-07 Kabul, Kabul International Airport Hostile Suicide bomber attack Four soldiers died and 29 suffered serious injuries[6] when a suicide bomber in a taxi rammed the bus they were travelling in. The bus was not armoured. The soldiers were scheduled to leave Kabul on that day after a six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Fatalities:[7]

  • Master Sergeant (Officer Cadet) Andreas Beljo, Signals Intelligence Regiment 940[8]
  • Staff Sergeant Carsten Kühlmorgen, Signals Regiment 320[8]
  • Staff Sergeant Helmi Jimenez-Paradis, Signals Regiment 320[8]
  • Sergeant Jörg Baasch, Signals Intelligence Regiment 940[8]
4 KIA, 31 WIA

2004[edit]

Date Location Nature of incident Circumstances Situation
Note: Ranks and unit names are listed in English for better understanding
Casualties
2004-01-28 Kabul Hostile Bomb attack Alleged Taliban-militants carried out simultaneous bomb attacks on British and German positions in Kabul. One British serviceman died and four British and German soldiers as well as five civilian contractors suffered injuries when the explosives were detonated.[6] 2 WIA
2004-05-11 Kabul Hostile Rocket attack A German soldier suffered injuries in a rocket attack in Kabul.[6] 1 WIA
2004-09-26 Kunduz Hostile Mortar attack Three German and two Swiss soldiers suffered injuries in an indirect fire mortar attack on their base in Kunduz;[6] The base was heavily damaged. Local police repelled the attackers 3 WIA
2004-10-17 Kunduz Non-hostile Suicide Not a combat-related incident

Fatality:

  • Private First Class Silvio Schattmann,[8] Mechanized Infantry Battailon 371
1 dead
2004-11-26 Kunduz Hostile IED Three Germans suffered injuries when a roadside bomb (IED) exploded near their convoy on its route to Kunduz.[6] 3 WIA

2005[edit]

Date Location Nature of incident Circumstances Situation
Note: Ranks and unit names are listed in English for better understanding
Casualties
unknown Khost province Hostile unknown A special forces soldier with Kommando Spezialkräfte was wounded in action.[5] 1 WIA
2005-06-25 Rustaq Hostile Bomb attack Two German soldiers and six local helpers died when explosives they had seized were detonated by hostile forces.[6]

Fatalities:

  • Sergeant First Class Andreas Heine,[8] Engineer Regiment 100
  • Staff Sergeant Christian Schlotterhose,[8] Engineer Regiment 100
2 KIA
2005-08-07 Kabul Non-hostile Vehicle accident One serviceman died when the vehicle he was travelling in accidentally overturned.

Fatality:

  • Private First Class Boris Nowitzki, Artillery Training Battalion 345
1 killed
2005-11-14 Kabul Hostile Suicide bomber attack A suicide bomber killed a German Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel. He is the highest German officer and first reservist to fall in Afghanistan. Two other Germans suffered injuries.[6] A couple of attackers provoked a Traffic accident with the Wolf jeep in which the three Germans were travelling so they were forced to leave their uparmoured vehicle. Another attacker then detonated explosives he had strapped to his body.

Fatality:

  • Lieutenant Colonel (Reserve) Armin Franz, Reserve Battalion 901[8]
1 KIA, 2 WIA

2006[edit]

Date Location Nature of incident Circumstances Situation
Note: Ranks and unit names are listed in English for better understanding
Casualties
2006-02-22 Kunduz Area Hostile IED An IED attack on a German patrol injured one soldier and resulted in the total loss of a "Wolf"-Jeep 1 WIA
2006-04-07 Kunduz Area Hostile IED An IED attack against a German convoy on its route in Kunduz province injured three German soldiers and killed one bystander 3 WIA
2006-04-07 Fayzabad Area Hostile Direct fire A Monitoring and Observation Liaison Team (MOLT) of PRT Faizabad was ambushed during a night patrol halt. The attackers were repelled in an exchange of fire. The ambush left three Germans wounded 3 WIA
2006-06-26 Kabul area Hostile Suicide bomber attack A suicide bomb attack on a US Forces convoy in Kabul killed several bystanders. A German vehicle within the convoy was heavily damaged, its driver suffered minor injuries 1 WIA
2006-06-28 Kunduz area Hostile Direct fire An attack with small arms and RPGs on a German night patrol in Kunduz Province injured three German servicemen.[6] During the firefight, a Fennek LSG and two other vehicles were lost due to damage. Several attackers were wounded or killed. 3 WIA
2006-12-17 Masar -e Sharif Non-hostile Accidental explosion One soldier was killed when handling live ammunition.

Fatality:

  • Staff Sergeant Christian Kopp,[8] Artillery Reconnaissance Battalion 121
1 killed

2007[edit]

Date Location Nature of incident Circumstances Situation
Note: Ranks and unit names are listed in English for better understanding
Casualties
2007-05-19 Kunduz Hostile Suicide bomber attack A suicide bomber killed ten people in a crowded market in Kunduz, among them three German servicemen conducting a patrol. Furthermore, five soldiers and 13 civilians suffered injuries of varying degree.[6]

Fatalities:

  • Captain (Reserve) Matthias Standfuß,[8] Federal Office of Defense Administration
  • Staff Sergeant (Reserve) Michael Neumann,[8] Navy Arsenal Kiel
  • Staff Sergeant (Reserve) Michael Diebel,[8] Army Depot Darmstadt
3 KIA, 5 WIA
2007-08-15 Road to Jalalabad Hostile IED An attack with a roadside bomb (IED) against a German convoy killed three policemen assigned to the German mission in Kabul.[6] Together with colleagues they had been on their way to a shooting range. One of them was a member of the Federal Police elite unit GSG 9. Another had been the bodyguard of Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany and was shortly to return to this position

Fatalities:

3 KIA, 1 WIA
2007-08-31 Kabul Hostile Suicide bomber attack Two Afghan soldiers died and five Belgian and German soldiers suffered injuries when a suicide bomber attacked a German Military Police convoy at the main entrance of Kabul International Airport. Two armoured vehicles were damaged 2 WIA
2007-09-08 Mazar-i-Sharif Non-hostile Suicide A serviceman was found dead in his barracks in Mazar-i-Sharif; The cause of death is very likely suicide

Fatality:

  • Staff Sergeant, anonymous
1 killed
2007-10-05 Kunduz Hostile Suicide bomber attack A suicide bomb attack against a German patrol near Kunduz injured three German soldiers, one of them seriously, and their Aghan interpreter. The assassin detonated himself next to a Wolf lightly-armoured vehicle.[9] 3 WIA

2008[edit]

Date Location Nature of incident Circumstances Situation
Note: Ranks and unit names are listed in English for better understanding
Casualties
2008-03-27 Kunduz area Hostile IED A Dingo Patrol Vehicle was turned over by a roadside bomb. Three soldiers suffered serious injuries. 3 WIA
2008-06-30 Kunduz province Hostile IED An attack with an Improvised Explosive Device on a German patrol in Kunduz province injured three soldiers. One vehicle was lost to damage. 3 WIA
2008-07-06 Kunduz province Hostile Suicide bomber attack Three German police officers and several local people suffered injuries of varying degree when a suicide bomber in a car struck the vehicle in which they were travelling 3 WIA
2008-08-06 Kunduz province Hostile Suicide bomber attack A suicide bomber on a motorcycle wounded three Germans when he attacked an ISAF-patrol 35 miles south of Kunduz. One paratrooper died of the long-term effects of his injuries on 10/05/2009.

Fatality:

  • Specialist Patric Sauer, Paratrooper Battalion 263
1 KIA,[8] 2 WIA
2008-08-15 Fayzabad province Hostile IED An attack with an Improvised Explosive Device on a German patrol in Fayzabad province wounded two Germans. 2 WIA
2008-08-25 Termez, ISAF-base in Uzbekistan Non-hostile Natural cause A serviceman was found dead in his barracks in Termez. His death was not attributed to external force.

Fatality:

  • Sergeant First Class Christian Cemnitz,[8]
1 dead
2008-08-27 Kunduz Province Hostile IED An attack with an improvised explosive device killed one German soldier and wounded three others.

Fatality:

  • Sergeant First Class Mischa Meier, Paratrooper Battalion 263
1 KIA, 3 WIA
2008-09-23 Kunduz Hostile Suicide bomber attack A suicide bomber in a car attacked a German patrol in Kunduz. Two vehicles were seriously damaged and one soldier suffered minor injuries. 1 WIA
2008-10-20 Kunduz Hostile Suicide bomber attack Seven people were killed and several wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a German patrol. Two German soldiers were killed and two were wounded

Fatalities:[8]

  • Sergeant Patrick Behlke, Paratrooper Battalion 263[10]
  • Specialist Roman Schmidt, Paratrooper Battalion 263[11]
2 KIA, 2 WIA
2008-11-15 Baghlan Hostile IED Two German soldiers were wounded and several bystanders died when a German patrol was attacked with an improvised explosive device. 2 WIA
2008-11-17 Faizabad Hostile IED Four German soldiers were wounded and several bystanders were hurt when a German patrol was attacked with an improvised explosive device. 4 WIA
2008-12-15 Kunduz Hostile Direct fire Troops of PRT Kunduz were ambushed with RPGs and small arms fire. Three soldiers were wounded. 3 WIA
2008-12-24 Kunduz Hostile Direct fire Troops of PRT Kunduz were ambushed with RPGs and small arms fire. One vehicle was lost to damage. Five soldiers suffered minor injuries. 5 WIA

2009[edit]

Date Location Nature of incident Circumstances Situation
Note: Ranks and unit names are listed in English for better understanding
Casualties
2009-02-11 Mazar-i-Sharif unknown unknown A German officer died from "mission-related causes" in Mazar-i-Sharif.

Fatality:

  • 2nd Lieutenant Alexander Janelt, Medical Regiment 32[8]
1 killed
2009-03-14 Fayzabad Non-hostile Traffic accident A German soldier died in a traffic accident in Fayzabad.

Fatality:

  • Private 1st Class Conrad Hötzel, Mechanized Infantry Battalion 371[8]
1 dead, 2 injured
2009-04-29 Kunduz area Hostile Suicide bomber attack Troops of PRT Kunduz were attacked by a suicide bomber in a car. One Dingo armoured personnel carrier was heavily damaged. 5 WIA
2009-04-29 Kunduz area Hostile Direct fire Troops of PRT Kunduz were ambushed with RPG and small arms fire NW of Kunduz. One German soldier fell in combat.

Fatality:

  • Private First Class Sergej Motz, Light Infantry Battalion 292[8]
1 KIA, 10 WIA
2009-05-06
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2009-05-07
Fayzabad Area Hostile Combat German Special Forces Kommando Spezialkräfte conducted a clean and sweep operation 60 km SW of Fayzabad with the objective of arresting suspected Taliban Leader Abdul Razeq. Abdul Razeq was taken prisoner after a few hours chase through the mountains. One German soldier was injured during this operation. 1 WIA
2009-06-07 Kunduz Hostile Direct fire Troops of PRT Kunduz were ambushed with IED followed by small arms fire and RPGs south of Kunduz. One Taliban was killed, two others were wounded. Two Western soldiers were wounded. One DINGO was damaged. 2 WIA
2009-06-23 Kunduz Hostile Combat German and Afghan troops battled the Taliban in Kunduz. During this operation, three Germans were killed and three others were wounded in action when their vehicle slid down a bank and turned over. Three Taliban were also killed.

Fatalities:[8]

  • Private First Class Alexander Schleiernick, Paratrooper Battalion 263
  • Private First Class Oleg Meiling, Mechanized Infantry Battalion 391
  • Private First Class Martin Brunn, Mechanized Infantry Battalion 391
3 KIA,3 WIA
2009-08-03 Sheberghan Non-hostile Traffic accident Six soldiers were wounded when their Dingo was involved in an accident during a patrol 6 WIA
2009-08-07 Kunduz Hostile Direct fire A German unit was ambushed about 4 km NW of Kunduz. The attackers were repelled. One soldier was wounded. 1 WIA
2009-08-15 Kunduz Hostile Direct fire Troops of PRT Kunduz were ambushed with RPGs and small arms fire near of Kunduz. One Soldier was wounded. 1 WIA
2009-09-03 Kunduz Hostile Combat Troops of PRT Kunduz were ambushed with RPGs and small arms fire. German Troops returned fire, killing at least three Taliban. During the contact four German soldiers were wounded and several vehicles were damaged, one was lost. 4 WIA
2009-09-05 Kunduz Hostile SVBIED attack An attack with an SVBIED on a German patrol 3 km NE of Kunduz resulted in five wounded German soldiers 5 WIA
2009-09-16 Kunduz Hostile Combat Troops of the PRT Kunduz were ambushed with RPGs and small arms fire 12 km S of Kunduz. One Fuchs was damaged. due to a RPG hit. Eight (one seriously) German soldiers were wounded during the battle that lasted for two hours 8 WIA
2009-11-11 Kunduz Hostile Direct fire German and Afghan troops were ambushed with small arms 5 km SW of Kunduz. One German Soldier was wounded during the fight 1 WIA
2009-12-05 Mazar-i-Sharif Non-hostile Accidental explosion Three German soldiers were injured by an explosion in their camp. 3 injured
2009-12-14 Eshkashem Non-hostile Accident Five German troops were injured in an accident. They sustained carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a damaged heating device. 5 injured
2009-12-16 Kunduz Hostile Combat During a joint operation of German soldiers with Afghan and Belgian forces west of Kunduz, German troops were attacked with small arms and RPGs by insurgents. Two German soldiers were wounded during the fighting, as well as one member of the Afghan security forces. One of the German soldiers rejoined the operation after medical treatment at the scene, the other one was seriously wounded by RPG shrapnel and had to be taken to the field-hospital in Kunduz. The fighting lasted for several hours 2 WIA

2010[edit]

Date Location Nature of incident Circumstances Situation
Note: Ranks and unit names are listed in English for better understanding
Casualties
2010-01-28 Chahar Darreh District Hostile Direct fire German forces, alongside Afghan and Belgian troops, were repeatedly attacked with small arms by insurgents SW of PRT Kunduz. The allied forces returned fire. No German troops or allies were harmed during the incident. A short time later that day, German infantry was attacked by insurgents with small arms and RPGs, this time one German soldier was seriously wounded. He was taken to Mazar-I-Sharif for medical treatment 1 WIA
2010-02-17 Kunduz / Isa Khel Hostile Direct fire A German patrol was attacked with small arms and RPGs by insurgents about 5 km W of PRT Kunduz. German troops returned fire. Three German soldiers were slightly wounded during the incident 3 WIA
2010-03-05 Kunduz Hostile Direct fire German forces were attacked with small arms and RPGs by insurgents about five kilometres SW of PRT Kunduz. The German troops returned fire and called in close air support. One soldier was wounded in combat and received medical treatment in the field from a mobile medical team 1 WIA
2010-04-02 Kunduz Hostile Combat Three German soldiers were killed in action and eight others wounded (4 of them severely), when they were ambushed by a large number of insurgents six km W of Kunduz. One "Dingo" vehicle was badly damaged and had to be destroyed

Fatalities:[8]

  • Sergeant First Class Nils Bruns, Paratrooper Battalion 373
  • Specialist Robert Hartert, Paratrooper Battalion 373
  • Private First Class Martin Kadir Augustyniak, Paratrooper Bataillon 373
3 KIA, 8 WIA
2010-04-15 Route to Baghlan Hostile IED Blast / Mortar Attack Four German soldiers were killed and five wounded during a series of attacks in Kunduz province. One patrol vehicle hit an IED and an ambulance vehicle suffered a direct hit from a mortar round. The wounded were flown to the base in Mazar-e Sharif for medical treatment

Fatalities:[8]

  • Major Jörn Radloff, Non-Commissioned Officer School of the Army
  • Major (medical officer) Thomas Broer MD, Army Hospital Ulm
  • Sergeant First Class Marius Dubnicki, Mountain Engineer Battalion 8
  • Sergeant Josef Kronawitter, Mountain Engineer Battalion 8
4 KIA, 5 WIA
2010-05-20 Kunduz Hostile IED German forces were attacked with an IED N of Kunduz. One German soldier was lightly wounded and one DINGO vehicle damaged in the incident. 1 WIA
2010-06-09 Kunduz Hostile IED German forces were attacked with two IEDs and an RPG about 9 km SW of Kunduz. One German soldier was slightly wounded. No vehicles were damaged in the incident 1 WIA
2010-06-13 Kunduz Hostile IED German forces were attacked with an IED about 11 km W of Kunduz. Two German soldiers were wounded, one severely. One vehicle was damaged. in the incident 2 WIA
2010-06-19 Feyzabad Hostile IED German forces were attacked with an IED about 60 km S of PRT Feyzabad. Three German soldiers and one Afghan interpreter were wounded. One soldier sustained severe injuries. One DINGO vehicle was severely damaged in the incident 3 WIA
2010-06-20 Kunduz Hostile IED / Direct fire German forces were attacked with an IED about 8 km NW of PRT Kunduz. One DINGO vehicle was damaged. in the incident. When German troops tried to recover the damaged vehicle two hours later, they were attacked with another IED blast, small arms fire and RPGs. German forces returned fire and called in Close-Air-Support. In this second incident, two German soldiers were wounded by the IED explosion 2 WIA
2010-07-10 Kunduz Hostile IED German forces were attacked with an IED about 12 km W of PRT Kunduz. When reinforcements arrived a second IED detonated and the troops were attacked with small arms fire, too. Two German soldiers were lightly wounded during the incidents and two vehicles were damaged. The recently deployed PzH2000 in Kunduz fired its first rounds in anger providing support for the troops in contact 2 WIA
2010-07-19 Kunduz Hostile IED A joint German and Afghan patrol was attacked with an IED about 12 km SW of PRT Kunduz. A Fuchs was damaged. and four German Soldiers were slightly wounded 4 WIA
2010-07-31 Pol-e-Khomri Hostile Direct fire A joint ANA and Bundeswehr patrol was attacked with small arms fire by insurgents about 12 km N of Pol-e-Khomri. The fighting lasted several hours. One German soldier was lightly injured while trying to reach a covered position 1 WIA
2010-09-14 Kunduz Hostile IED German soldiers were attacked with an IED about 11 km NW of PRT Kunduz. One German soldier, who was lightly wounded, was brought to the medical centre at PRT Kunduz for further medical treatment. Reports state, that while investigating the scene of the attack, German ISAF forces were fired upon with small arms, RPGs and mortars. The soldiers returned fire and continued their mission. No soldiers were harmed in this second attack 1 WIA
2010-10-07 Baghlan Province Hostile Suicide bomber attack German ISAF forces were attacked by a suicide bomber N of PRT Pol-e-Khomri, near Aka- Khel. One German soldier was killed and six were wounded, two seriously. While securing the site of the suicide attack, the German forces were attacked with mortar and small arms fire. German forces returned fire. The fighting continued for some time during which eight more German soldiers were wounded. Three of the casualties had to be treated at Mazar-e Sharif field hospital.

Fatality:

  • Staff Sergeant Florian Pauli, Paratrooper Bataillon 313[8]
1 KIA, 14 WIA
2010-10-11 Baghlan Province Accident Traffic Accident Six German soldiers were slightly injured in a traffic accident in the Pol-e-Khomri area 6 injured
2010-10-17 Kunduz Hostile Direct fire German soldiers were attacked about 10 km W of Kunduz. The soldiers returned fire with mortars, MARDER IFVs and their Milan missiles. They also had the PzH2000 firing in support from Kunduz. Air support was called in which used its cannons to fight enemy positions. The fighting lasted several hours. One German soldier was wounded in the engagement and had to be airlifted to the medical centre at PRT Kunduz and was then brought to Mazar-e Sharif trauma center. He had to be flown to Germany via Med Evac Airbus A310 MRT for further medical treatment on October 18. 1 WIA
2010-10-26 Kunduz Hostile IED German forces were attacked with an IED around 11 km W of PRT Kunduz. The partly dismounted troops were searching for hidden explosive devices when one IED went off under a "FUCHS" (TPz) vehicle. Two German soldiers were lightly wounded, one "FUCHS" vehicle was slightly damaged. 2 WIA
2010-10-31 Kunduz Hostile IED German forces were fired on during an operation about 4 km W of PRT Kunduz. Later on in that operation, two German soldiers were lightly wounded and two vehicles slightly damaged by two IEDs about 7 km W of PRT Kunduz. The troops continued their operation and were repeatedly attacked by insurgents. Artillery support was called in. A third attack with an IED resulted in a third lightly damaged vehicle 2 WIA
2010-11-03 Kunduz Hostile Direct fire German forces are engaged in an offensive operation in the area W of PRT Kunduz since October 31. This operation is conducted with the ANA and other ISAF forces. Today one German soldier was lightly wounded in an engagement with enemy forces, but the trooper could remain with his unit 1 WIA
2010-11-21 Kunduz Hostile IED German forces were attacked with an IED around 6 km N of PRT Kunduz. Three German soldiers were wounded, and one Fennek Light armored reconnaissance vehicle was damaged. but successfully recovered 3 WIA
2010-12-06 Baghlan–i Jadid Hostile Direct fire German forces were attacked with small arms fire and RPGs, 8 km NW of Pol-i Khomri. Two German soldiers were wounded, one Marder IFV was damaged. 2 WIA
2010-12-15 Kandahar Hostile Direct fire German forces had a brief encounter with a militant sniper, Colonel Adolf Schrodinger was wounded.[citation needed] 1 WIA
2010-12-17 Baghlan–i Jadid Non-hostile Accidental discharge A German soldier was killed by an accidental weapon discharge

Fatality:

  • Corporal Oliver Oertelt, Mountain Infantry Battalion 223[8]
1 Killed

2011[edit]

Date Location Nature of incident Circumstances Situation
Note: Ranks and unit names are listed in English for better understanding
Casualties
2011-01-11 Pol-e Khomri Non-hostile Accidental discharge A German soldier was wounded by an Accidental discharge 1 injured
2011-01-29 Ghara, Kunduz Province Hostile IED A German patrol struck a roadside bomb. One vehicle was damaged. and two soldiers were wounded 2 WIA
2011-02-13 Imam Sahib area, Kunduz Province Hostile IED A German soldier was wounded when his armored personnel carrier struck an IED. 1 WIA
2011-02-18 Baghlan–i Jadid Hostile Direct fire Three German soldiers were killed and six wounded when an Afghan soldier turned against the allies before being killed himself.

Fatalities:[8]

  • Sergeant First Class Georg Missulia (30), Mechanized Infantry Battalion 112
  • Corporal Konstantin Menz (22), Mechanized Infantry Battalion 112
  • Private First Class Georg Kurat (21), Mechanized Infantry Battalion 112
3 KIA, 6 WIA
2011-05-03 Kunduz Hostile IED Three different German patrols were struck by IEDs around the area of PRT Kunduz. Two IMV Dingo were damaged and five soldiers wounded. 5 WIA
2011-05-18 Talokan Hostile violent Protest The German PAT Talokan was attacked with hand grenades and Molotov Cocktails in the city of Talokan when protests in front of the PAT turned violent. 3 WIA
2011-05-25 14 km NW of Kunduz Hostile IED A German Fuchs armoured personnel was involved in an IED explosion resulting in the death of one 33 year old Captain from the German Special Operations Division, another German soldier was injured. An Afghan interpreter was also wounded in the blast.[12]

Fatality:

1 KIA, 1 WIA
2011-05-28 Taloqan, Takhar province Hostile IED Two German soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb attack that also claimed the lives of Afghan police chief, General Mohammed Daoud Daoud and the Takhar Provincial Chief of Police. Five German soldiers were wounded - among them German General Markus Kneip, commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for Northern Afghanistan.

Fatalities:[8]

  • Master Sergeant Tobias Lagenstein (31), Military Police Battalion 151
  • Major Thomas Tholi (43), Command Support Battalion 282
2 KIA, 5 WIA
2011-06-02 Kunduz, 36 km southbound of Kunduz Hostile IED One German soldier was killed by an IED, five were wounded.

Fatalities:

  • Corporal Alexej Kobelew (23), Armoured Infantry Battalion 212, Armoured Brigade 21 Lipperland[13]
1 KIA, 5 WIA
2011-06-08 1 km N of Camp Marmal, Masar-i Scharif Non-hostile Traffic Accident Five German soldiers and one Afghan civilian were seriously injured after a traffic accident involving a German Fuchs armoured personnel carrier and a civilian car.[14] 5 WIA
2001-06-08 Near Chahar Dara District headquarters Hostile Assault During a foot march, a German patrol was pelted with stones. One soldier suffered injuries to the head.[15] 1 WIA
2011-06-19 3 km NW of PRT Kunduz Hostile IED In the early morning of 19 June 2011 an IED attack on German forces was carried out in the Kunduz area, killing several civilians and wounding two German servicemen. Two Dingo vehicles were damaged and had to be salvaged.[16] Colonel Norbert Sabrautzki, the commanding officer of PRT Kunduz who was travelling in another vehicle of the convoy, remained unharmed.[17] 2 WIA
2011-06-23 500 m outside PRT Kunduz Non-hostile Faulty equipment Due to a technical fault in a Marder infantry fighting vehicle three German soldiers were injured, one of them severely. The troops had come into contact with heated coolant that was leaking out of the vehicle.[18] 3 injured
2011-06-28 Camp Hazrat-e Sultan, Samangan Province Non-hostile Accidental discharge On 28 July one German soldier accidentally discharged his weapon, shooting himself in the foot. Two bystanding soldiers suffered an acoustic shock.[19] 3 injured
2011-08-23 Camp Marmal, Mazar-e-Sharif Non-hostile Accidental discharge During a security check, a German soldier accidentally fired a shot from his weapon. Another soldier suffered severe head injuries, a third one suffered a shock.[20] 2 injured
2011-08-25 6 km N of PRT Fayzabad Non-hostile Traffic accident An Eagle IV armoured vehicle turned over while on a nightly patrol. The accident left three German soldiers wounded, another one was hurt during the salvage.[21] 4 injured
2011-08-30 OP North Non-hostile Accident During construction works, one German soldier was hurt at the head by a rock.[22] 1 injured
2011-09-09 15 km W of Kunduz Hostile IED On 9 September 2011 an IED attack on a German patrol was carried out. One German soldier was injured and one Enok patrol vehicle was damaged.[23] 1 WIA
2009-09-15 OP North Non-hostile Accidental discharge During a firearms training one soldier accidentally shot himself in the foot with his handgun.[24] 1 injured
2009-09-15 38 km NE of Kunduz Hostile IED, combat A German patrol was attacked with an IED. This caused a non-armoured vehicle to drive off the road and injured one soldier. At the same time, about a dozen insurgents where shooting at the Germans. When the latter returned the fire and ordered a "show of force" by close air support the insurgents left the scene. In the course of the shooting, three more German soldiers sustained injuries.[25] 4 WIA
2011-10-19 15 km NW of Pol-e Khomri Hostile IED A German patrol was attacked with an IED. One German soldier was wounded.[26] 1 WIA
2011-11-23 35 km SW of PRT Kunduz Hostile IED Two German soldiers were wounded by an IED.[27] 2 WIA
2011-11-29 Baghlan Hostile IED A joint patrol of German soldiers and Afghan National Army was attack with an IED. One German soldier sustained injuries and one Fennek vehicle was damaged.[28] 1 WIA
2011-12-02 E of Mazar-i-Sharif Non-hostile Traffic accident Three German soldiers were lightly injured in a traffic accident.[29] 3 injured
2011-12-12 Near PRT Kunduz Non-hostile Ricochet One German soldier was hurt by a ricochet from a Heckler & Koch G36 rifle.[30] 1 injured
2011-12-20 1 km off PRT Kunduz Non-hostile Traffic accident On 20 December 2011 a German Dingo vehicle collided with an undisclosed American vehicle. The accident left three German and two American servicemen injured.[31] 2 injured

2012[edit]

Date Location Nature of incident Circumstances Situation
Note: Ranks and unit names are listed in English for better understanding
Casualties
2012-01-05 Camp Marmal Non-hostile Accident A German soldier was injured by acid when a battery accidentally exploded.[32] 1 injured
2012-03-13 PRT Kunduz Non-hostile Accidental discharge Three German soldiers suffered an acoustic shock when a G36 rifle accidentally discharged inside a Dingo vehicle.[33] 3 injured
2012-07-04 10 km S of Kunduz Hostile Combat A German patrol was attacked with small arms and RPGs in an area 10 km south of Kunduz. The Germans returned fire and the resulting combat lasted for half an hour. Two soldiers were injured and one Dingo vehicle was damaged.[34] 2 WIA

2013[edit]

Date Location Nature of incident Circumstances Situation
Note: Ranks and unit names are listed in English for better understanding
Casualties
2013-05-04 Near OP North, Baghlan Province Hostile Combat While supporting an Afghan operation against insurgents, German KSK special forces were attacked in Baghlan Province. One soldier was killed, another one was injured. According to the German minister of defence, Thomas de Maizière, this was the first KSK member that died in Afghan.[35] 1 KIA,
1 WIA

2014[edit]

Date Location Nature of incident Circumstances Situation
Note: Ranks and unit names are listed in English for better understanding
Casualties
2014-08-05 9 km W of Kabul Hostile Insider attack A German brigadier general was among a group of international officers and soldiers fired upon by an Afghan soldier at a training academy on the outskirts of Kabul. The brigadier general was wounded in the attack which killed a U.S. general and wounded 14 others, including 8 U.S. soldiers.[36] 1 WIA

See also[edit]

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