|IX (Kolonial) Korps
IX Corps is an administrative command responsible for all national army forces deployed or destined for off-world service. It has no Tactical HQ elements as all Kolonial Korps forces are operationally subordinate to other commands. However IX Corps is responsible for training and recruiting all of their units and individuals before they deploy from Earth. Smaller depots are established at Neubayern and Beta Canum for recruits from the colonies.
IX Corps recruits exclusively from German citizens who have already served at least two years with either national or state armies as conscripts or volunteers. Its training program is a short 10 weeks to ensure the fitness of the recruit and bring them up to speed on Kolonial Korps procedures. This recruitment of experienced soldiers has resulted in IX Corps units being regarded as superior to most of their colleagues. Many units have a backbone of veteran NCO and officers with experience in the War of Reunification. The corps' units are all regular.
The corps consists of two strong Panzer Grenadier divisions and a number of independent brigade groups. The two divisions were previously Bavarian divisions with expeditionary taskings. The Jägers are mostly formed from a re-organisation of the old Bavarian 22nd Kolonial Jäger Division. A recent addition since the Reunification war and the Heidelsheimat stand-off is the assault landing brigade, Germany's new 'fire brigade'.
4 Kolonial Luftkissenpanzergrenadier Division
4.LkPzGren.Div was formerly the Bavarian ready division stationed on the French Arm with units at Neubayern and BCV. However since the War it now has responsibility for the Core, American and Chinese Arms and is based on Earth. One of its brigades was transferred to 8.LkPzGren.Div and was replaced by a brigade recruited from expatriates from the Tiranean colony of Freihafen (originally known as Garten) which declared independence as a result of the War. This brigade is noted for its professionalism and strongly nationalist sentiment, part of the brigade has been on stand-by for possible intervention on Heidelsheimat for several years.
The remaining brigade, 26.LkPzGren, in the division is nominally a reserve brigade but in reality provides cover for a special operations unit equipped with French, Polish and Czech equipment. Utilising elements of the old Westphalian 1st Pz Bde the unit is tasked to cause havoc and confusion behind enemy lines in war. Secrecy is fierce around the unit.
8 Luftkissenpanzergrenadier Division 'Windhund'
Formerly a Bavarian division with strong combat experience in the Central Asian War (where it gained the Windhund name) as well as stints in garrison on Garten. This division is now the German Army's heavy combat force in the French Arm. Stationed at BCV when post-War tensions climbed it also commands 14.LkPz.Bde which is based on Vogelheim. 8.LkPzGren.Div has sent combat forces to Eta Bootis, and is prepared to send other units at company to Kampfgruppe size should conflict on Aurore escalate further.
The division is equipped with modern AFVs except for 14.LkPzGren.Bde which is based on LkPz-VIII's to comply with arms reductions measures on Vogelheim imposed by the Treaty of Darwin.
34 Jäger Brigade
Formerly the 1st Halb-Brigade of 22 Jg Division based on Hochbaden this formation was expanded after Reunification. The brigade is especially skilled due to its dual surface/orbital role and training and is considered an elite.
35 Jäger Brigade
Originally a part of the 22nd Jg Division and based on BCV this brigade saw limited action in the Reunification War, mostly in hunting for French special forces. With 36 Brigade's arrival at BCV 35 Bde was transferred to Joi where it remains.
36 Jäger Brigade
36.Jg.Bde was formed in 2291 as a battalion of German soldiers who had deserted from the Légion Étrangère when the crisis leading up to the Reunification War began. They fought in the battles for Stuttgart and Frankfurt earning no mean reputation, especially for the ferocity of their meetings with Foreign Legion units. With the armistice the unit was rebuilt and expanded thanks to a further influx of former Legionnaires and volunteers from Garten/Freihafen and some from Heidelsheimat.
It was sent to BCV in 2293 in response to tensions between French and German colonies on that world. The brigade remains there to this day and has a fine reputation for its military skills.
37 Jäger Brigade
37.Jg.Bde exists only as an administrative formation. It is responsible for the Jäger battalions based at Dunkelheim and Vogelheim. The Vogelheim battalion has its own skills thanks to its high profile role as the lead German force on Vogelheim and liaisons with their French neighbours and international peacekeepers are sometimes heated. Elements of Jg.Btl.372 have also been deployed against anti-Reunificationist elements on Adlerhorst.
The Dunkelheim battalion has a long association with that world from when the colony was a penal facility. In spite of occasionally being called in to beef up the local police or in suppressing banditry it retained a remarkably low profile. The leadership of the battalion was purged in the years after Reunification after being seen as being 'too close' to the civilian leadership toying with a move towards independence. Indeed there has been a gradual shift of Bavarians and Dunkelheimers out of the unit with others, mainly North Germans and Saxons coming in. Relations with the civilian community have become slightly strained.
38 Orbitallande Brigade
38 Brigade is trained as a specialist intervention force working closely with the DSKM/DSM and the other Kolonial Jäger brigades. It's soldiers are hand picked from the IX Corps Jäger and other Fallschirmjäger units, and it is intended for the unit to form the spearhead of any German colonial interventions. For some time the unit has been involved in contingency planning for operations against Heidelsheimat should a political decision be made that this is required. The brigade's main problem is the lack of dedicated assault shipping, as German ship-building is dedicated to building warships they will be forced to rely on the old Bavarian fast troop ships for some time to come.
Germany has two special forces organisations on the French Arm, about which little is known. Although French propaganda about Sonderverband 1's activities on Joi during and after the Elysian War make interesting reading. Elements of Sonderverband 2 have been active on Vogelheim.