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Kommando Spezialkräfte
Kommando Spezialkräfte (Bundeswehr).svg
KSK unit badge
Active 1996 (Created)
1997 (Activated)–Present
Country Germany Germany
Branch German Army
Type Special Forces
Role Hostage rescue, Airborne operations, Direct Action, Unconventional Warfare, Counter-Insurgency, Anti-Terror, Covert Operations, Intelligence operations
Size 1,100 soldiers, 200–300 participating in combat operations
Part of Special Operations Division
Garrison/HQ Calw, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Motto Facit Omnia Voluntas (lat. The will is decisive ) [1]
Battles/wars Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kosovo War
Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom, Battle of Tora Bora, Operation Anaconda, Counterinsurgency in Northern Afghanistan, ISAF)
Navy and Marine P.U.C.
United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation for KSK-members of Task Force K-Bar
Brigadier General (Brigadegeneral) Heinz Feldmann, since September 2010
Brigadier General (Brigadegeneral) Hans-Christoph Ammon

The KSK Kommando Spezialkräfte (Special Forces Command, KSK) is an elite military unit of Germany. Its soldiers are handpicked from each of the ranks of Germany’s army, the Bundeswehr. The KSK is organised as such under the Division Spezielle Operationen (Special Operations Division, DSO). KSK operators are performing joint anti-terror operations, mostly in the Balkans and Middle East.


  1. Reinhard Scholzen: KSK – Das Kommando Spezialkräfte der Bundeswehr, Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 2004, ISBN 3-613-02384-9, S. 108

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