Paratrooper Airdrop wide 300dpi

Paratrooper Airdrop

Close to Oosterbeek’s Mountain Bike Track are our Dutch Air Devisions Headquarters. Every year at the Battle of Arnhem’s remembrance ceremony these guys skydive unto Ginkels Heath.

Only recently they stopped tandem jumping with Veterans. Most likely their medical staff forbade them to jump out of airplanes any more. So we just have to do it with the young guns of the Air Mobile Brigade. They were new to the scene of modern warfare back in the ’90’s and because they constanly jumped out of airplanes they were nicknamed Slight Moron Brigade.

Forest, Forest Gump

Gump, Forest Gump

Our national Forrest Gumpers.

Nothing proofed otherwise, until…

Years passed since the nineties, 9-11 came and, in the midst of chaos, we were ready for Afghanistan and Iraq. These guys we mocked were the first who gone there. And all of a sudden, although KTM Motor Bikes were standard, they started cycling again!

Legerfietsen in Nederland (3)

folded bicycles early version

But … they did not use the folding bikes like back in the old days:

cycle patrouille

cheer em up!

Tour de Afghançe did it’s first stage, a time trial through the streets of Tarin Kowt!!! 

It took 69 years until bicycles returned to the combat scenerio. 19 oktober 2009, the first official Cycle Patrol took place in Uruzgan, Afghanistan. Eyes popped out of old men’s skulls, children cheered an ran after our guys.

Like Mountain Biking was invented in the USA in the ’70, Cyclo Cross came out of Flanders in 1900.  

Again a time lap of 70+ years. 

But … the European Armed Forces used 29″ bicycles from the beginning as a standard.

But … fair enough: back in ’09, the 26″MT-Bike was standard and we took over the idea from the American Army…

But … look at these pictures of Montague-Bikes : it is the folded bike again!!!

Paratrooper

capture the flag

PARATROOPER Folded 300dpi

Paratrooper Folded

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