FettnÃ¤pfchen is a very strange German word. When you look it up it literally means â€œfat saucerâ€ or gravy saucer, I suppose. Anyway, if you use the expression â€œstep in a fat saucerâ€ here, that means that youâ€™ve blundered, committed a big faux pas, youâ€™ve really put your foot in it.
Now armies march around here and there from time to time and are always stepping into all kinds of disagreeable stuff. Thatâ€™s just the nature of their work, I suppose. But the Bundeswehr seems to be on a roll these days and now has both feet completely covered in gravy. To make matters worse, they document these blunders meticulously on film (theyâ€™ve learned a lot from us, I guess).
First there was the â€œskull scandalâ€ with the skeleton mascot, now some wild and crazy KSK (Kommando SpezialkrÃ¤fte as in special force commando) soldiers have pulled out some of their favorite way cool shots of the palm tree emblem they pasted on the side of the off-road vehicle they were using in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, this emblem, though without the swastika, was the same one used by Rommelâ€™s famous â€œAfrika Korpsâ€ during World War II.
I’m telling ya, it’s a laugh a minute out there these days. Theyâ€™re even thinking of changing the â€œspecialâ€ in special force commando to â€œespeciallyâ€ now, Iâ€™ve heard; as in especially dumb.
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