Mock Battle Gone Wrong Injures Dozens of U.S. Paratroopers in Germany
Dozens of U.S. Army paratroopers were injured in a mock battle exercise as they jumped from an aircraft in Germany on Wednesday, the U.K. Daily Mail reports.
The drop involved 1,000 soldiers went terribly wrong, leaving 47 men hurt, sixteen of which are still hospitalized and two in intensive care. The men are being treated for head, spine and pelvic injuries.
The Army said the training was intended to switch the military focus back to fighting conventional forces as operations in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down.
The exercise pitted soldiers from the Vicenza, Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade in a mock-battle scenario with Slovakian soldiers and American troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team over the Hohenfels training area in Bavaria, the Daily Mail reports.
The U.S. Military says there will be no investigation into why so many soldiers were hurt and that these exercises involving thousands of soldiers from 10 countries will continue.
Civilian spokeswoman for the Joint multinational Training Command, which is under U.S. Army command, Denver Makle, said as the numbers injured 'was within expected margins' an investigation was not necessary.
Makle said an injury rate of up to 3 percent is normal in this type of exercise.