Today: Saturday, 3 December 2022 year

In Germany, a dispute arose over the words of an official about the supply of weapons to Ukraine.

The head of the department of the Federal Chancellor of Germany, Wolfgang Schmidt, compared the supply of German weapons to Kyiv with the production of V-2 missiles in the Third Reich, this comparison provoked criticism of one of the main ideologists of providing the Ukrainian army with heavy weapons, a member of the Bundestag Defense Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmerman.

Last Thursday, at a discussion event in Berlin, Schmidt defended the position of the German government, which decided not to supply Ukraine with battle tanks. Among other things, a politician from the ruling SPD party compared calls for the supply of Leopard 2 tanks with the hopes that Nazi Germany had for the world’s first long-range ballistic missile, the V-2, which propaganda called the “wunderwaffe” – a miracle weapon. The name is an abbreviation of the word Vergeltungswaffe – a weapon of retaliation.

“Sometimes I’m tempted to call it the German V-2 syndrome,” Schmidt said.

According to the politician, there is no “miracle weapon” that would instantly put an end to the conflict in Ukraine.


Schmidt’s statement aroused the indignation of Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, chairman of the Bundestag’s defense committee.

“I collectively suggest to Wolfgang Schmidt to deepen his knowledge of weapons a little. Then he would quickly realize that the comparison with Nazi weapons is not only completely inappropriate, but simply wrong,” Strack-Zimmerman said.