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GERMAN ARMY ORDER OF BATTLE: The German Army consists of 26 combat brigades at various states of readiness: 
+Fully-Equipped Rapid Reaction Brigades: 12th Panzer Brigade, 21st Panzer Brigade, 31st Airborne Brigade, 37th Light Infantry Brigade, 1st Air Mechanized Brigade, Franco-German Brigade.
+Fully-Manned Main Defense Brigades: 39th Panzer Brigade, 40th Panzer-Grenadier Brigade, 26th Airborne Brigade, 23rd Mountain Brigade.
+Active Brigades at 90% strength, able to mobilize in 5 days: 1st Panzer Brigade, 7th Panzer-Grenadier Brigade, 9th Panzer Lehr Brigade, 14th Panzer Brigade.
+Mixed Active-Reserve Brigades, each with two fully-manned battalions and two reserve battalions: 18th Panzer Brigade, 34th Panzer Brigade, 36th Panzer Brigade, 42nd Panzer Brigade, 19th Panzer-Grenadier Brigade, 30th Panzer-Grenadier Brigade, 38th Panzer-Grenadier Brigade, 41st Panzer-Grenadier Brigade.
+Reserve Brigades: 2nd Panzer Brigade, 8th Panzer Brigade, 5th Panzer-Grenadier Brigade, 32nd Panzer-Grenadier Brigade.--Stephen V Cole

Former Marine Corps Commandant Kurlak fired a parting shot at the Army, insisting that Army efforts to become lighter, more agile, and more deployable were giving up the Army's greatest strength (heavy armor) to replicate what the Marine Corps already does. Army critics responded that the Marines have their own heavy units and that more deployable Army units are needed to win wars quickly.--Stephen V Cole

 


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