Danish soldiers, sent to Latvia to deter Putin, lack underpants

Danish soldiers were sent to Latvia with great haste to deter Putin: ‘We lack everything from ammunition to underpants’

The lack of ammunition for training is ultimately a matter of life and death, the deployed soldier criticizes.

It is ultimately a matter of life and death that the soldiers can train with ammunition, emphasizes Dennis, who is a 1st constable chief constable and joint trust representative for about 300 constables and corporals in the combat battalion in Latvia. (Photo: Sarah Møldrup Jensen)

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It was with quite a few days’ notice that 350 Danish combat soldiers were sent to Latvia at the beginning of May. The mission was clear: Putin must be deterred. And if the Russian president attacks Latvia, the Danish soldiers must help defend the country.

But in the Danish camp in Latvia, the soldiers now warn that they can not keep their level high for sharp combat.

They have missed important training because the ammunition for training did not follow when the combat battalion went east. Several training activities have been canceled because there has been no ammunition for them, the Defense Command confirms.

It is ultimately a matter of life and death, emphasizes 41-year-old Dennis, who is 1st constable chief constable and joint trust representative for about 300 constables and corporals in the combat battalion in Latvia.

  • It makes you fall in level. And if Putin chooses to cross the border into this, then one is not 100 percent ready, says Dennis, who for security reasons does not want his last name to appear in the story.

His frustration over the lack of ammunition for training is shared by several officers DR News has spoken to.

“It could cost my life or the lives of other people if Putin chooses to cross the border,” Dennis said.

He has 20 years of experience in the Armed Forces and has been deployed several times - including twice to Helmand in Afghanistan.

  • I have lost colleagues and seen people get hurt. So I know well what I’m talking about.

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And it is not only ammunition for training that has been lacking in the camp. The soldiers arrived at dilapidated tents with mold and missing equipment.

  • We lack everything from ammunition to underpants to say the least. This is the saddest period I have been in the Armed Forces. And I’ve seen a bit of everything for 20 years, says Dennis.

Aren’t you also just some happy soldiers who want to shoot as much as possible and who are never satisfied?

  • Of course we will shoot a lot. Us constables and corporals are hard to please. But we want what we are entitled to. When we were in ISAF (NATO Mission in Afghanistan, ed.), We had a high level. Danish soldiers could compete with all other countries. I do not think we can now. Because we’re not allowed to shoot. Basically, we have dropped in level.

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750 DANISH SOLDIERS MUST DETER PUTIN

March 31: NATO requests Denmark to send a combat battalion to Latvia to secure the eastern flank of the Defense Alliance by deterring threats and - if necessary - responding to military aggression.

April 21: A majority consisting of all parliamentary parties except the Unity List and the Free Greens agree that a Danish military contribution can be made available to NATO in the Baltics.

April 24: Military vehicles, armor and other military equipment are shipped to Latvia. War ammunition is also sent to be used in case of attack.

May 2: 350 combat soldiers, mainly from the Gardehus Regiment in Slagelse, arrive in Latvia. In total, the Danish deployment consists of approximately 750 soldiers to be deployed in the area around the Adazi military base in Latvia next year.

Source: Defense Command.

The lack of ammunition has made the soldiers creative. They take ammunition belts from already fired ammunition , wash and reuse the belts and then assemble new ammunition belts so they can reuse them to train with light machine guns.

  • We push the ammunition out of a belt and put them into some small joints that you have to assemble. It takes extra time and quickly swallows a few hours, Dennis explains.

Such a waste to die for this proxy war!

So they were going …commando ?

Seems appropriate

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Sorry that’s a deal breaker for me. I can go without food and limited ammo. Prevent me from having clean boxer/briefs then fuck it, I’m going home.