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|Armed forces||armed forces|
|Subordinate troops|| |
|Strength||about 600 soldiers|
|Stationierungsort|| Illkirch-Graffenstaden |
( France )
|Web presence||JgBtl 291|
|commander||Lieutenant Colonel Martin Winkler|
The name Jägerbataillon 291 is aligned with the number of the two other German units of the brigade , Jägerbataillon 292 and Artillery Battalion 295 . Both battalions belonged to the 29th Panzer Brigade, which was disbanded in 1993, and kept their numbers after being reclassified and placed under the Franco-German Brigade.
The location of the battalion is Illkirch-Graffenstaden ( Alsace ) in the Leclerc barracks (Quartier Leclerc) , which is named after the French Major General Jacques-Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque . It is the first German task force since the end of the Second World War to be permanently stationed on French soil.
After the French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced that he would withdraw French troops from Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Nicolas Sarkozy agreed on the stationing of German troops of the Franco-German Brigade in France following the 45th Munich Security Conference in 2009 .
Immediately afterwards the planning for the installation began. As of April 6, 2010, the advance command was stationed in France. The battalion was ceremonially commissioned on December 10, 2010 in the presence of Federal Minister of Defense Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and his French counterpart Alain Juppé as part of a roll call in the Parc de l'Orangerie in Strasbourg .
In the spring of 2016, the battalion was in Lithuania for three months as part of the NATO program PERSISTENT PRESENCE . At the same time, the battalion provided infantry trainers and staff for the EU training mission in Mali ( EUTM MALI ) led by the Franco-German Brigade during this period .
From September 2018 to May 2019, the battalion was the lead unit for the 9th German contingent of the UN- led stabilization mission in Mali ( MINUSMA ). This was the battalion's first "closed" deployment.
From January 2020, the battalion again provided soldiers for the 13th German contingent MINUSMA under the leadership of the sister battalion JgBtl 292. 
The Jäger Battalion 291 belongs to the Franco-German Brigade .
The battalion staff is recruited from the independent staff platoon. This includes all team soldiers and non-commissioned officers of the staff.
The 1st Company, as a staff and supply company , has the company command group and the central transport and supply elements of the battalion, such as B. Transport group, supply group, catering group, material group, ammunition group. It also has a technical train and a maintenance train. The telecommunication platoon of the 1st / company maintains the radio and cable connections within the battalion and to the higher-level command and also has security and liaison groups for use at the command post and for its security.
The 2nd company is equipped with the GTK BOXER and is divided into three fighter platoons, one heavy fighter platoon, the company command group and a technical group. The hunters' platoons each consist of three groups of hunters. The heavy fighter platoon is divided into a sniper group and a group with the MILAN anti-tank missile system .
The 3rd company is equipped with the TPz Fuchs and is also divided into the company command, three fighter platoons, one heavy fighter platoon and a technical group.
The 4th Company is organized as a reconnaissance company of the Franco-German Brigade as a quasi-independent reconnaissance company. In addition to the company command, it has three Fennek reconnaissance platoons and a technical reconnaissance platoon with the ability to carry out radar reconnaissance . The company also has a light scouting group. The drone and field intelligence trains, which are normally located in an independent reconnaissance company, are not deployed due to being stationed abroad. Since it was set up like an independent company, the company also has its own supply and transport capacities, as well as its own command post group.
The mixed battalion is the only unit of the German army in which the two types of troops, hunters and reconnaissance troops are united. With only three combat companies (2 hunter companies and 1 reconnaissance company) and a total of around 640 members, it is also significantly smaller than the other Bundeswehr hunter battalions, each comprising four combat companies and a total of around 1,000 soldiers.
|No.||Rank||Name||Beginning of the appointment||comment|
|1.||Lieutenant colonel||Frank Dieter Lindstedt||6. April 2010||previously Commander of Jäger Battalion 292|
|2.||Lieutenant colonel||Fabian Schneider||October 9, 2012||previously consultant in the command staff of Army III 2|
|3.||Lieutenant colonel||Marc-Ulrich Cropp||March 27, 2015||previously a staff officer at the head of the BMVg's planning staff|
|4.||Lieutenant colonel||Martin Winkler||January 3, 2018||previously Military Assistant to Commander NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Spain, Betera, Spain|
| Transportpanzer Fuchs |
Execution of group transport and
PARA (PAnzer AufklärungsRAdar)
|G 36 rifle||Infantryman of the future|
|G 3 rifle||ALADIN reconnaissance drone|
|Boxer armored transport vehicle (since mid-2014)||Sniper rifle G 22||MIKADO reconnaissance drone|
|Submachine gun MP 7||Panzerabwehrrakete MILAN|
|Fennek scout car (in the reconnaissance company)||P8 pistols||Machine grenade launcher|
The battalion's training area is located in the community forest. A former ammunition depot located there south of the Leclerc district serves as a training ground for fighting in the forest and for local and house combat.
Description of coat of arms and uniform
In front of a silver background, three oak leaves lie on two crossed cavalry lances. The oak leaf as a beret badge for the hunters' troops stands for immortality, steadfastness and loyalty. The crossed lances, which represent the beret badge of the army reconnaissance troops, refer to the tradition of the former cavalry units as forerunners of the reconnaissance troops. The combination of both elements in the battalion's coat of arms symbolizes the union of the two branches of service within the battalion.
In contrast to the soldiers of the sister battalion Jägerbataillon 292 , the soldiers of the battalion do not wear shawls (French "foulard de compagnie"), but the usual field suit of the Bundeswehr without modification. Here soldiers of the hunter companies wear the green strands of the hunter troops, the soldiers of the reconnaissance company wear golden yellow strands as a sign of membership in the army reconnaissance troops. In principle, all soldiers on the staff also wear green braids; Soldiers who switch from the reconnaissance company to the staff, however, keep their golden yellow braids.
The battalion is deeply rooted in the Bas-Rhin department . There are sponsorships with the cities / communities of Strasbourg , Erstein , Rhinau and of course with the garrison town of Illkirch-Graffenstaden . Soldiers of the battalion regularly take part in events in the communities, such as the celebrations of the respective ends of the world wars (November 11 - World War 1 ; May 8 - World War 2 ) as well as the French National Day (July 14).. Appeals by companies in the sponsored communities are also carried out with great participation by the population, for example when the company commanders change, and when they say goodbye to and welcome calls.
Incidents with a special external impact
On April 26, 2017, Lieutenant Franco A. was arrested. He led a double life as a Syrian war refugee .  The Federal Prosecutor's Office assumes that A. was planning a right-wing terrorist attack that was to be blamed on a fictitious refugee. Another first lieutenant of the Jäger Battalion 291, Maximilian T., was arrested as part of the investigation.  (see main article: Terrorism investigations against Bundeswehr soldiers from 2017 )
- Program of the military parade (French)
- Philipp Riedl: Hunters train for foreign assignments in Mali. In: Bundeswehr - Army. Bundeswehr, December 17, 2019, accessed on September 7, 2020 .
- Ortenaukreis sponsors the Jäger Battalion. Retrieved November 6, 2020 .
- Bundeswehr: Soldier arrested on suspicion of terrorism. In: Spiegel Online . Retrieved June 1, 2017 .
- Matthias Gebauer: Franco A case: Investigators arrest other Bundeswehr soldiers. In: Spiegel Online . Retrieved June 1, 2017 .