The letter "X" Since March 1, 1967, the number plate characterizes membership of a Bundeswehr unit, which has a very special meaning in Germany. You've probably seen a dark green truck or maybe even a tank with a license plate number starting with an “X” at least once. You must have asked yourself what the letter means. The "X" characterizes vehicles those to NATO belong to the "North Atlantic Treaty Organization". So in German the "North Atlantic Treaty Organization". With 29 member states, NATO is the world's most important security policy alliance. Their member states have committed themselves to providing military and political support for one another in the event of an attack.
the X mark
In Germany, the first letter on the license plates of military vehicles is always a "Y" (there is more about the Y mark in our article "Meaning of the letter "Y" on the Bundeswehr license plate"). To vehicles from NATO bases to differentiate, these have to be the first "X" on the license plate.
The "X" is followed by four numbers, such as X-4567. The dimensions for the special letter "X" are the same as for normal EU license plates, ie a maximum of 250 millimeters in length and 110 millimeters in height. In addition to the "X" and the four numbers, there must also be a valid sticker for the Main inspection and emissions inspection to be appropriate. Otherwise, participation in road traffic prohibited. The country code on the left of the license plate such as "D" for Germany is missing but just like that European Union stars. In contrast to Bundeswehr vehicles with the "Y" on the license plate is missing also the Germany flag.
License plates do not have to reflect
NATO license plate and Bundeswehr license plate have to (X license plates are allowed to reflect) as opposed to civil license plates can not be reflect and are made in a different DIN font. The lack of reflection has a tactical background, as the possible enemy should not immediately recognize the vehicle. Another feature of the "X" and "Y" marks is that Approval seal from the Bundeswehr motor vehicle station. The seal has the Shape of the federal eagle and will be in front burned in and behind punched. In the foreword, the members of the NATO-North Atlantic Treaty speak out for peace, democracy, freedom and as a government of law. In order to maintain security and prosperity within the member states, they have committed themselves to pooling security policy activities.
Member of NATO since 1955!
Germany has been a permanent member of NATO since 1955. However, their participation in foreign assignments is often very high controversial. For example, NATO is in Kosovo since 1999 in action. The “Active Fence” mission has been running in Turkey since 2013 and the “Active Endeavor” mission has been taking place in the Mediterranean region since 2001.
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