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Snow operation in Germany and Austria

(B2) German and Austrian forces are engaged in major operations, facing heavy snowfall in recent days. The 'Schnee-Chaos' as it is called in Berlin

(credit: Bundeswehr)

In Germany, the military disaster alert (milKATAL) was triggered. Heavy snowfall has closed roads, isolated villages and increased the avalanche danger in parts of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Saxony. Nearly 1500 soldiers from different units (in particular from the 23rd Mountain Brigade '23 Bayern' were engaged on Sunday (January 13) — 1219 already in action, 268 in preparation — according to the latest figures from the Bundeswehr.

In Austria, according to Bundesheer, around 900 soldiers are deployed in six states, especially in the state of Salzburg. Objective: to clear the roads, accesses, but also the roofs. The difficult weather did not allow helicopter flights to be carried out every day. On Friday (January 11), 16 helicopters were able to take to the air, carrying out 27 flights for reconnaissance missions, avalanche blasting, resupply, as well as evacuations.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).