A Russian invasion of Europe is “more likely than ever” and Germany could be wiped off the map at any moment, a bombshell leaked report has warned, The Sun UK has reported.
Top military brass in Germany have urged the country to prepare itself for an impending war with Russia, amid fears the war in Ukraine will escalate into a global conflict with NATO.
In confidential documents leaked to the German publication Der Spiegel, one of the country’s top generals Eberhard Zorn ordered the country’s army to put itself on a war footing in the face of “existential” threats.
The 68-page policy paper produced in late September is titled “Operational Guidelines for the Armed Forces”.
In it, General Zorn called for the complete overhaul of the German military, and to prepare itself for war.
“Attacks on Germany can potentially occur without warning and with great, possibly even existential, damage,” he wrote.
Zorn called for the Bundeswehr to prepare itself “for an enforced war” on its own territory.
He warned that a war in a NATO member nation in Eastern Europe has “become more likely again,” and called on Germany to play a leading role in the continent’s defence, and create a more “robust” armed forces.
Germany is also looking to bring home most of its troops from Mali, where they were deployed as part of a UN stabilisation mission, as part of the reorganised Bundeswehr set out in the leaked documents.
The paper says that in the event of Russian aggression on NATO’s eastern border, Germany would have to provide “reactive and combative forces” and couldn’t wait for support from the US.
Zorn warns that neither the EU nor NATO can afford “to start planning and generating forces only after the attack has taken place”.
He goes on: “If we don’t jump fast, no army will move in Europe.”