Germans Hesitant To Label Their Troops Heroes
Armed Forces Personnel
In Germany, however, only 15 percent of the public consider members of the Bundeswehr heroes while a further 18 percent say this label should only be applied to personnel in combat roles or those who have actually seen combat. In Germany, negative public views of the military and Berlin's reluctance to participate in overseas operations are rooted in history. When Bundeswehr soldiers were deployed to Kosovo in 1999 and experienced combat for the first time, there was uproar. Involvement in Afghanistan is also unpopular and that deployment has become the largest the German military has participated in since World War II. By May of 2013, 54 German soldiers and three policemen had been killed in Afghanistan.
This chart shows views in different countries on whether their armed forces personnel should be described as heroes.