Bavarian school and homes hit by US ammunition
During a recent US army training exercise in Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, stray bullets hit a school and several homes, as reported by the Süddeutche Zeitung and the Local. So far there haven’t been any casualties reported, which is fortunate. The ammunition was from a M2 machine gun mounted to a Humvee using 12.7 millimeter shells. Needless to say, the incident is causing a stir. The Americans are responding to the event with typical platitudes, saying they have begun an “intensive review of security procedures and standards.” and that “It shouldn’t have happened. We take this very seriously.” The mayor of Grafenwöhr is ominously silent. His deputy, Udo Greim, has only said that “I was worried about the city, but fortunately nothing serious happened”.
This isn’t the first time Grafenwöhr’s buildings have been shot at by US soldiers stationed in Germany. 10 years ago an elementary school got hit with a shell. Nor is Grafenwöhr the only place that has had incidents, since the US army keeps soldiers all over Germany. For example, last year a US black hawk helicopter crashed in Hesse near Mannheim. And, it’s hard not to mention the relevance of the Ramstein airshow disaster as well. The truth of it is, is that there’s a history of foreign troops causing problems. Events like these are often used as counterarguments to allowing allied bases in Germany. It’s unlikely that this singular event will finally carry the day for the opposition to US bases in Germany; but, it being the second incident in the same city is certainly going to make the US soldiers’ presence in Bavaria, at least, a lot less popular than it already is.