Forces Focus – German Long Range Reconnaissance Troops

This video “Eyes on the Enemy” shows you training scenarios for German Army Long Range Reconnaissance units. Operating in teams of 4 to 6 members, they operate behind enemy lines collecting and reporting information on enemy forces. Here you can see break contact drills in the open for clarity and treatment of a wounded team member.


8 Responses to “Forces Focus – German Long Range Reconnaissance Troops”

  1. Mr. European says:

    FDF has similar units. Sissi troops (the translated word “guerilla” doesn’t carry the same connotation) operate as deep recon and rear-line sabotage. Within a portion of the world that’s massively wooded they’re practically ghosts.
    They’re so tough that if any gear, activity or equipment is mentioned to be stealthy, ascetic or dealing with major overall discomfort, the prefix “sissi-” is added to them. E.g. MREs are called sissi-provisions (sissimuona).

  2. patrulje says:

    I remember working with these guys back in the 80s, I was then just a snuffy in a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol Detachment (LRRP) Ranger. It later became a Long Range Surveillance Company and lost the ranger designation. We also worked with the French 13th Dragoon Parachutist, Danish Jaegers and UK SAS all have strategic recon in their mission set. As far as I know the International LRRP school is still in Germany.

    CSM (ret)

  3. Dan says:

    As a member of the LRS community, it’s always cool to see our international counterparts; I never had the opportunity to work with the Bundeswehr while I was in, but I’ve heard good things.

  4. JC says:

    The I-LRRPs school has transitioned into the International Special Training Center and has a broader range of courses to include Sniper courses, CQB courses, advanced medical courses, and some “advanced skills” courses like a mini-SERE (Conduct After Capture) and some others.
    The ISTC is SOF-oriented but conventional troops are also allowed to attend some of the courses. The courses are difficult and challenging, with the added benefit/challenge of working alongside SOF soldiers from 9 different partner nations (plus some from other countries).
    They have a pretty decent public website that covers much of what they teach and provide.

  5. Zak says:

    Ah, good times in Pfullendorf. It’s a neat little training center. Was fortunate enough to attend the SERE w/ CAC some time ago. They were referred to as LRRP-200 when I was there.

    • SSD says:

      Way back on my day there were three FernspahKompanies, 100, 200, and 300. I left 3ID LRS in 1990.

  6. 11b says:

    video not working