The Bundeswehr took over the running of the superfast reaction force of NATO on Tuesday..
According to the Defence Ministry in Berlin, the land forces of the so-called spearhead of the military alliance for 2019 consist of about 8,000 soldiers.
The German army is providing around 4,000 of them, in addition to about 1,000 personnel in other organizational areas. Other soldiers are being provided by allies France, the Netherlands and Norway.
According to Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, Germany is making an outstanding contribution to the security of the entire defence alliance with the leadership of the superfast NATO force, officially called the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF).
The new role is enormously demanding and also an important pacesetter for the modernization of the German military, she said.
"The significance of the VJTF for a modern, ready-for-action Bundeswehr and Germany's role in NATO can hardly be overestimated," von der Leyen said.
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