Thousands Of US Troops Arrive In Europe In "One Of Largest Deployments Since The Cold War"

Tyler Durden's picture

Just days after we reported that the US had begun deploying some 2,800 tanks, trucks and other military equipment to Germany, from where they would be transported by rail and road to Eastern Europe as part of a buildup of NATO reinforcements against "Russian expansion", the next US deployment has made its way to Europe over the weekend, when some 4,000 US troops arrived in the German port of Bremerheven, on their way to Wroclaw, Poland under a planned NATO operation to "reassure the alliance’s Eastern European allies" in the face of what NATO has dubbed mounting Russian aggression.

The American soldiers landed in Wroclaw, home to a key Nato and Polish air base in south-west Poland. The troops will be followed by the roughly 2,800 tanks and other pieces of military equipment which are currently en route from Germany. 

The delivery of US Abrams tanks, Paladin artillery, and Bradley fighting vehicles, as well as supporting troops, marks a new phase of America’s continuous presence in Europe, which will now be based on a nine-month rotation.

Why provoke Russia with yet another mass deployment?  Because as NATO Major General Timothy McGuire told reporters, last week, when asked if the large deployment was meant to send a message to Russia, "The best way to maintain the peace is through preparation."  And while we are quoting, here is another good line from the movie Spice Like Us: "A weapon unused is a useless weapon." The US military industrial complex is doing everything in its power to make sure a lot of weapons are used in the future.

US troops are being deployed in Poland under Operation Atlantic Resolve Getty

As reported previously, NATO’s latest deployment along Russia’s western border falls under Operation Atlantic Resolve, a mission designed to demonstrate to Moscow Washington’s commitment to defend allies in Europe. Atlantic Resolve was launched in the immediate aftermath of the Ukraine proxy war and the partition of the Ukraine, which sparked fears in the Baltic nations that Vladimir Putin was planning a similar land-grab there.

The Polish embassy in Washington said the troops in Wroclaw were the first to arrive in Poland as part of Atlantic Resolve. As the Independent dubs the US reinforcement, the deployment has been described as "one of the largest movements of US troops to Europe since the Cold War."

Quoted by Reuters, Lt Gen Tim Ray, deputy commander of US European Command, said: “Let me be very clear, this is one part of our efforts to deter Russian aggression, ensure territorial integrity of our allies and maintain a Europe that is whole, free, prosperous and at peace.”

Instead, what the deployment will do is bring the continent that much closer to a new cold, if not conventional, war.

The US troops are expected to be stationed at two training sites in western Poland in the short term before they are sent to sites at six other countries across the region.

In another faux-pacifist justification, Maj Gen Timothy McGuire, deputy commanding general of the US Army Europe, said that, “this is a tangible sign of the United States' commitment to maintaining peace on this continent. "It is a sign of the US commitment to this alliance and to peace and prosperity in Europe." Meanwhile, Russia has already deploy nuclear-capable ballistic missiles to Kaliningrad in response to this latest NATO build-up, from where it has a bird's eye view of most of central Europe. It has warned further deployment would lead to even more nukes.

The US Army said the process of deploying to Europe was part of the training and tested how American forces would be sent at short notice to counter Russia in the event of an outbreak of war. Troops will be on rotation in Poland and beyond for between four and six months and will work alongside local units. 

The massive deployment means that the arrival of the 3rd Armoured Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, will see the start of a continuous presence and back-to-back rotations of US troops and equipment in the region. Among the deployments to Romania and Bulgaria will be the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment – dubbed the ‘Iron Knights’ and the oldest armoured unit in the US Army. The US is also increasing its presence in the Black Sea and in Western Europe at bases in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Russia blames the West for worsening relations and says the build-up of Nato troops in the Baltics is a provocation. Expect more complaints from the Kremlin: around 4,000 Nato troops are set be posted to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia in the coming months.

In addition, Britain will send an 800-strong battalion to Estonia, supported by French and Danish troops, beginning in May. The deployment was criticised as “truly aggressive” by Moscow.

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Meanwhile, an odd voice of reason when it comes to potential European war has emerged out of German politicians, who have raised concern about the thousands of NATO troops and equipment, along with hundreds of tanks, that have been sent to Poland and countries bordering Russia in what has been touted by Washington as “defense against Russian aggression.”

U.S. tanks, trucks and other military equipment is are unloaded in the harbour of

Bremerhaven, Germany, January 8, 2017

“It does not help us if tanks will be going up and down on both sides of the border,” Brandenburg’s leader and SPD party member, Dietmar Woidke, told RBB. “I hope everyone will keep calm. I believe that despite all the difficulties, we should seek dialogue with Russia,” he added on Thursday, warning that relations with Moscow could worsen even further.

NATO’s buildup in Europe also came under fire from Germany’s Die Linke party. “Tanks do not create peace, anywhere,” Christian Görke stressed in a statement, RBB reported. Tobias Pflueger of Die Linke slammed the stationing of US tanks and military equipment in Poland, saying this will trigger an arms race and lead to an “escalation in relations with Russia,” Focus Online reported.

Crowds of people marched through Bremerhaven on Saturday to protest the deployment and transport of NATO troops and weapons through the city, RT reported. Hundreds of American tanks, trucks, and other military equipment bound for Poland, said to be the largest arms shipment since the fall of the Soviet Union, arrived at the German port on Friday to be transferred to Eastern Europe. The protesters marched through the city holding signs and banners reading, “No NATO deployments! End the militaristic march against Russia!” and “Out of NATO.”

“There is, starting from Washington DC, a major push to do everything possible in the next two weeks to create unending hostility between the West and Russia that can’t be undone by Donald Trump or anyone else. Even at the risk of open violence, rather than simply Cold War hostility. This is highly preferable to weapons profiteers as against actual peace breaking out, which is their greatest fear,” author and journalist David Swanson told RT on Monday.

“It is clearly an escalation that involves numerous facets including propaganda about Russian crimes in the US media; that includes shipping troops and equipment to the border; that includes expanding NATO and pushing hard on other NATO members to join in this escalation where you have serious protests in Germany by those who want peace [and are] against sending Germans or Americans from Germany eastward, as they should. There are not enough of us in the US similarly protesting,” he added.

Naturally, anyone who shares Swanson's view will be dubbed a purveyor of "fake news" and promptly deported to Russia on allegations of being a Russian spy.

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The peace president doing what he does best. 

HedgeAccordingly's picture

Remember when he won the peace prize? That was sweet. Oh wait nvm, Robert Mugabi received one too.

peddling-fiction's picture

2800 military vehicles rolling (if mostly tanks), is starting to get aggressive in my books.

OregonGrown's picture

.......only 11 more days for obama to start WW3.....  


Manthong's picture

If I was Putin I would have my finger inside the trigger guard.

If the FNM pulls any last minute absurd stunt…

Tar, feathers and a rail should be deployed in Washington.

Does anybody else see the similarity between the last days of Obama and the last days of Adolph in his bunker?



Bay of Pigs's picture

I was just commenting on this on another thread. Met a German guy today telling me of trainloads of US military crap coming into that country. He said it was very bad there and getting worse. He said the mood there is dark for most Germans and they are getting really fed up.

SMG's picture

Putin, If you're reading this: Ignore this NWO BS.  Hopefully Trump will put an end to this and start arresting people.

Lore's picture

Has everyone here read Report from Iron Mountain (1967)?  It's a pseudo-academic treatise that essentially declares the Military Industrial Complex 'Too Big To Fail,' with page after page of rationalization to justify endless, boundless military spending predicated on the spectre of enemies real and fabricated.  Read between the lines: the psychopaths are desperate.  All the false flags we've seen over the past decade are just a warm-up for something around the corner, and when it happens, assuming it isn't pre-empted (and several attempts reportedly have been already), you will know who's really responsible, and it sure as hell won't be "Russians." 

The sooner the sodomite-in-chief and his old guard entourage step down, the safer the world will be.  Do you see any Russian troops on America's borders? 

Déjà view's picture

Why is equipment unloaded in far western Germany...using expensive German labor to reload on rail...very time consuming...

Quicker would have been to unload at a Baltic port...concerned about russian submarines?

Lore's picture

Shift your focus from the puppets (e.g., individual nation-states / "us" vs. "them") to the puppeteers.  The psychopaths have designated parts of Europe as next in line for Creative Destruction (look it up) in pursuit of Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace (look it up). Orwell's dystopian vision is unfolding before our eyes.  This is an extraordinary time for thinking people to be alive, assuming that you have lots of popcorn.  The world's about to go nuts.

Hans-Zandvliet's picture

Are you trying to profeteer from warmongering, too? You fucking wanker! Go build your bunkers on Mars!

Raymond K Hessel's picture

Am I the only one who chuckled at "Spice Like Us"?

SoDamnMad's picture

Why is the unloaded tank in the photo in desert sand color? Is this to camoflage it in the Dunkirk-style retreat?  

M1A1's are 62 tons.  That will really screw up a lot of bridges which aren't made for the concentrated loads.  Please, don't tell me you will have the time in modern warfare to build float bridges. 

buttmint's picture

...they unloaded in Bremerhaven to "show Russia what they are up against..." more or less.

I hope the fuckhead NeoCons that planned this sped-up exercise in human folly die first!

creeko's picture

Umm... have you read it?  If I'm not mistaken, it was a report on how to proceed after the absence of war.... what to replace it with.  Several possibilities were mentioned to keep people under control... external threats from the environment and aliens were to replace war.  

Lore's picture

The distinction is academic. The document was a precursor to the "search" by the Club of Rome "for an Enemy To Unite Us."  What is the approved "man-made global warming" narrative, if not environmental Al Qaeda?  Woo woo!  The Gobble-uns 'at gits you ef you don't watch out (and embrace global government).

Hans-Zandvliet's picture

You are very right indeed! Former German Chancelor and and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Willy Brandt, must be turning in his grave (also for having been degraded to the same level as this fuck of a laureate that's leaving office at the moment).

Cheapsob's picture

Out of chaos comes order. Been watching this stuff for 25 years. Every country must be conquered. They won't die, our children and grandchildren will.


No real comparison, Manthong. 

Adolpf was married to a real pussy named Eva who knew when to pull the trigger.

Aaaannnnddd - they are both dead

Obama is married to Michael, a fake pussy, who can't pull any trigger.

Living dead, those two.  

Manthong's picture

I was referring to the irrational, unjustified, unprecedented, insane behavior.

But then all narcissistic psychopaths behave similarly when their scam is coming to a close..


tenpanhandle's picture

We were all hoping you had some inside info such as a plan where all his closest aids were going to douse him with gasoline and flick matches at him.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Yep. Sure seems that way doesn't it. Hopefully, this is just another example of the Scum Fucks at the MIC / Pentagram waste of Tax Payer money to justify their existence.

MalteseFalcon's picture

11 more days until new orders from the home office.

froze25's picture

Maybe it's not for the Russians,  they are preparing to take out the Jihadist in Germany and France?

Hans-Zandvliet's picture

Yeah, a man's got to do what a man's got to do.

Especially when than man has to uphold the noble virtues of nobel peace prize

(I refuse to write this prize in capital letters anymore...)

buttmint's picture

...if Obama wants a War---then let this faggot US President LEAD the tanks...

Picture this: President Obama---leader of the "free world" in a red thong, otherwise naked.


"...OBama is just another nigga..."  sez it all.....

DontGive's picture

M1's cost approx 9mil/each today (according to joopedia).

With about 10k tanks produced since 1979, that's about $90 billion total with today's cost figure.

In other words - chump change.


CheapBastard's picture

Trump should place those Congressmen's children on the front lines to lead the way.

peddling-fiction's picture

Saddam style. Tied to key military infrastructure.

tenpanhandle's picture

Why punish the children?  Stick the congress critters there.

Andre's picture

more like a joke.

Operation Barbarossa started with 3.6 MILLION soldiers. Yes, it was June 22, 1941, but...

The US is broke, the army scattered, the CV battle groups are ALL in port, and the air force - what works is old, what's new does not work.

The EU is broke and in total disarray with the immigration crisis.

Their armies are almost non-existent, indifferently equipped and trained, with not such great logistic support.

In the meantime, Russian equipment is not the crap they had in 1941 either.

NATO is not a credible conventional threat to Russia, which begs the question:

Are we moving troops into Europe, or simply out of the US?


38BWD22's picture



Yep, all true.  3000 soldiers is next to ZIP.  Russia has nothing to fear.

Still, why would obomba be dissing the Russians like that?  Curiouser and curiouser...

Andre's picture

Stage magic. This is what they want us to see. What do they NOT want us to see? Something closer to home, perhaps?

Think of Jade Helm. Most like think Nothing Happened. In reality, a great deal happened. As a strategic threat assessment operation, similar to an E6 at the Russian border - what lit up? Where and how did it light up? What were the effects of discrediting the information (UWEX 16 which coincided with the date/state of the Dallas shooting was almost unreported). How many leaks were stopped? What was the state of ideological consistency? How valid were the threat maps?

not dead yet's picture

Add up all the soldiers from the different European countries and suddenly you have a huge military. Once they start working together it will be one large cohesive force. You can get 10,000 troops to Europe in a matter of hours on 20 747's. Take the same planes doing round trips and 100,000 men in Europe in less than 2 weeks. It's the equipment that takes time to build up.

The Baltics and Poland have a right to be afraid of Russia, at least in the newspaper headlines. Now that these countries no longer get Russian welfare they are broke. Many of their citizens, even lowly laborers and tradesmen, have left for other countries with better working conditions and pay. Playing up the red scare means American cash. What people fail to realize when they can't figure out why the Europeans don't kick the US out is that they make one hell of a lot of money off the US. Every soldier is a walking cash machine as he gets paid and spends a bunch locally. Yep, more captive consumers pissing away their cash in the local economy. Not to mention how much cash Uncle Sugar spends locally for supplies, base construction, fees, etc. Now these countries are on US welfare with the difference being Uncle Sugar is throwing cash at them and they no longer have to beg for it.

kamsta1's picture

What do you mean by Russian welfare? This is most astonishing phrase I have ever heard. Russians through all their history have never been prosperous enough to provide welfare even to their citizens. Just read some memories of Soviet soldiers from II WW who stole, robbed and raped whoever they could . Soviet union was blood sucking all subjugated nations until it finally collapsed. Presently russian economy is based on resources (mainly oil) and weapons. This is still poor country but sizeable army and nuclear weapons.

risk.averse's picture

Still, why would obomba be dissing the Russians like that? 

hmmm...once again people here on ZH are assuming Puppet Obama is really the one calling the shots here. Probably decided/insisted upon by generals in Pentagon, with one eye on this being a last chance to please their future employers in the military-industrial complex. After Jan 20, their future may be not so clear. The sooner the door is closed on the military being able to "retire" into cosy 7 figure salaried jobs within the MIC the better.

It's intriguing that the Germans put up with this crap. It's been 72 years (!!) since the end of WW2; almost 30 years since the end of Cold War. Perhaps Germany saves money by relying on the US/NATO umbrella. Otherwise, it would have to devote more of its GDP to defence. The money it saves it can spend on welfare and buying votes for German politicians. Of course, many German firms are part of the MIC.

Deploying a handful of soldiers along the border with Russia is stupid, pointless and needlessly provocative. Besides if a shooting war with the Russians started there actually wouldn't be much "shooting", as such. Those poor American saps in the M1s would be vaporised in the first few minutes. I guess you need to have some victims if you're going to manufacture a Tonkin-style incident. Current US generals make the morons who led the warring sides during the absurd trench warfare of WW1 look like geniuses. Not meant to make sense, I guess. What would I know? I didn't go to Westpoint.

SilverTech's picture

Q. What do you call 2800 tanks if the Bear gets mad?

A. Road Kill.


1980XLS's picture

Obama = Forrest Gump.

Stupid is, as stupid does.

Son of Loki's picture

Those 58 protesters must be the last 58 white Christians left in that town. The 4,894 immigrants are inside warm and sipping hot apfel sider laughing their heads off at them freezing outside.

AlaricBalth's picture

The MIC seized this administration's foreign policy quite awhile ago. Obama has proven to be a feckless leader whose only true concern is his golf handicap.

Ignatius's picture

What?  All that practce and he's not as yet become a scratch golfer?

I think we've been cheated.

Croesus's picture

@ Russia:

As an American, I am completely ashamed at what our so-called leaders are trying to do here. It is criminally insane, and I sincerely hope that your government and Russia's citizens realize that the actions of these monsters in no way represent the thoughts and feelings of most thinking Americans.

God bless you, and May God protect us all.

flaunt's picture

I agree, criminally insane.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

This is terrrible. Obama what are you doing? Peace?

Maybe Trump can put a cooler on this madness.

dogfish's picture

This entire buildup is an attempt to stop the Urasian economic hookup and it will fail.

GraveDancer's picture

Book> Trump’s Triumph: The Drumbeats of World War III


philipat's picture

His final installment of "Hope and Chains"?

Or since this is not responding to any "Russian aggression" that I am aware of, maybe the Plan B is a false flag somewhere along the Russian Border during the next 2 weeks?

Son of Loki's picture

Merkel has the water hoses and rubber bullets on the way to keep those right wing homophobic raycis anti-ZATO nazis in line.

Aubiekong's picture

There are no winners in a war with Russia except the bankers and weapon manufactures.  You know the ones that own our politicians like McCain...