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GSG9 commander Ulrich Wegener passed away

Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:25 pm ... 86016.html

German hero Ulrich Wegener passed away. He was the commander of the german GSG9 Swat team which stormed the LH 732 - Landshut in 1977 in Mogadiscio.

He also secretly took part in the mission to end the Entebbe highjacking gathering intelligence for the Israeli Team.

Mr Wegener founded that GSG9 in 1972 after the disaster of Munich, where German Police was unable to rescue the Israel athletes from black September highjackers. He received considerable Training in Israel, and made the GSG9 a respected anti terror police force.

May he rest in peace.
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Re: GSG9 commander Ulrich Wegener passed away

Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:45 pm

I was posted to the American Embassy in Mogadishu 1979-81 and was always amazed the GSG9 team were able to pull it off with so little loss of life. The single runway was both very short and unlighted so getting their aircraft down without alerting the terrorists was a real challenge.

In the aftermath Germany felt obligated to reward president-for-life MG Siad Barre by upping their amount of aid significantly. They encouraged Lufthansa to take over a lot of the training for Somali Airlines, especially cabin crew. The German National police became the advisors to the Somali police and sent a number of senior officers to assist them. (The other foreign partner helping the police was North Korea) Strangely, the DDR also increased funding to various UN projects including the ICAO and the ITU-T. A number of East German technicians worked on the ICAO project to improve Mogadishu Main, especially by paying to add lighting to the runways and the turnoffs and ramp area. (There were no taxiways so you had to turn around/taxiback on the runway.)

In true Somali fashion the lighting project took forever since it employed hundreds of tribally-connected non-workers. When the project was finally deemed completed the ICAO dispatched a bunch of bigwigs for the commissioning ceremony. Unfortunately, and unknown to the foreign technicians/advisors, a senior Somali bureaucrat ordered the lead Somali engineer to ‘test’ the system to make sure it worked. In the process he managed to mangle the startup procedure so badly that it destroyed the entire system, burning out most of the lamps and trashing the wiring and controllers. I don’t know if they ever fixed it. When I was back in Somalia in 1992/93 for Operation RESTORE HOPE the airport was still unlit.
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Re: GSG9 commander Ulrich Wegener passed away

Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:04 pm

Actually zero loss of life. Only terrrorists. The aid was part of the deal. Cheque diplomacy ;).

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