Multinational Corps North-East

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Multinational Corps North-East
- MNC NE -

MNC NE (V1) .svg

Association badge
Lineup September 18, 1999
Armed forces Bundeswehr Kreuz.svg armed forces

Flag of Denmark.svg Danish Armed Forces Polish Armed Forces

Armed forces Bundeswehr Kreuz.svg army

Flag of Denmark.svg Hæren Wojska Lądowe
Signet of the Polish Armed Forces

Type Flag of NATO.svg NATO Deployable Headquarters
Subordinate troops

Flag of Poland.svgHeadquarters Company
Command Support Brigade

as required:
Flag of Denmark.svgDANDivision
Flag of Denmark.svgFernmeldebataillon 1 1st Armored Division Signal Battalion 610 12th Mechanized Division Signal Battalion 100
Flag of Germany.svg
Flag of Germany.svg
Flag of Poland.svg
Flag of Poland.svg

Insinuation Flag of NATO.svg SHAPE
Seat of the staff POL Szczecin COA.svg Szczecin Flag of Poland.svg
Web presence MNC NE
Commanding general Lieutenant General  Sławomir Wojciechowski Flag of Poland.svg
Deputy Commander Major General Ulrich HellebjergFlag of Denmark.svg
Chief of Staff Brigadier General Wolf-Jürgen Stahl Flag of Germany.svg
Beret badge BW Berettabzeichen Multinationales Korps Nord-Ost.png

The Multinational Corps North-East ( English Multinational Corps Northeast , MNC NE ) is the joint military headquarters set up between Denmark , Poland and Germany on the basis of a 1998 resolution , which was put into service in Stettin on September 18, 1999 .

Unlike the level of the corps , which was originally conceived as a large unit , to which several divisions were subordinate, the Multinational Corps North-East is one of the Rapidly Deployable Corps Headquarters of the NATO Headquarters Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE).


After the 1997 NATO summit in Madrid the former Eastern Bloc -Staaten Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, a NATO -membership had been offered, the Minister of Defense of Denmark, Germany and Poland agreed on 16 April 1998 on the establishment of a joint Corps. Starting from the German-Danish corps LANDJUT , troops from Poland were to be integrated into the corps after it joined NATO. On September 5, 1998, before their accession, which was scheduled for March 12, 1999, they signed the agreement on the formation of the corps in Szczecin, in which the foundations were laid down. By expanding an existing corps, the readiness of the newly formed corps could already be reported at the end of 2000. Initially, the corps was not part of the NATO command structure. In 2005, the corps passed the mandatory “full operational capability” and, as one of SHAPE's NATO Deployable Headquarters, was able to participate in or lead NATO missions since 2006. From January to August 2007, the Multinational Corps North-East was responsible for the operational management of ISAF in Afghanistan and in 2010 participated again in ISAF.

On September 18, 2009, the corps celebrated its tenth anniversary.

On June 14, 2017, the MNC NE was certified by NATO as the headquarters for High-Readiness Forces Headquarters (Land), with which the corps assumed the command function of land operations on the north-eastern flank of NATO. It thus became the only NATO headquarters with a fixed regional area of ​​responsibility.


The main tasks of the corps are:

  • Planning and implementation of joint defense in accordance with Article 5 of the NATO Treaty
  • Peacekeeping or peacebuilding multinational operations
  • Rescue operations and disaster relief

In addition, the corps is able to conduct a multinational operation such as ISAF as the NATO Deployable Headquarters .


23 NATO allies are represented on the staff of the corps, but the three founding nations, Germany, Denmark and Poland, are in charge and provide troops. The individual units are managed nationally and are only subordinate to the multinational corps command, which in turn reports to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe , if necessary . The German units will therefore continue to be managed by the Army Command as long as the need has not occurred . The official language at the headquarters in Szczecin is English. The trilateral corps committee, which is authorized to give instructions to the corps staff, is unusual for a military association. The presidency changes annually between the individual countries. The management positions are equally divided among the three lead countries. The corps is not always fully present, but only set up as a staff outside of operations. The breakdown in detail:

Associations under permanent control
  • a Polish headquarters company
  • a multinational telecommunications train
  • a multinational leadership support brigade
Subordinate associations if necessary
  • Danish contribution:
    • Danish division Fredericia
    • a telecommunications battalion (SigBn 1 (DAN) Fredericia)
  • Polish contribution:
    • 12th Polish Mechanized Division from Szczecin
    • a telecommunications battalion 100 from Wałcz (Deutsch Krone)

If there is additional demand, further associations will be made available from all three countries.

Commanding generals

Egon Ramms was the third commanding general of the corps

The following commanding generals headed the corps :

No. Surname nation Beginning of the appointment End of appointment
8th Lieutenant General Sławomir Wojciechowski Poland September 12, 2018 -
7th Lieutenant General Manfred Hofmann Germany August 13, 2015 September 12, 2018
6th Lieutenant General Bogusław Samol Poland December 19, 2012 August 13, 2015
5 Lieutenant General Rainer Korff Germany December 17, 2009 December 19, 2012
4th Lieutenant General Zdzisław Goral Poland December 15, 2006 December 17, 2009
3 Lieutenant General Egon Ramms Germany February 18, 2004 December 15, 2006
2 Lieutenant General Zygmunt Sadowski Poland April 2001 December 2003
Died in office
1 Lieutenant General Henrik H. Ekmann Denmark September 1999 April 2001

Association badge

The association badge takes up essential elements of the association badge of the predecessor association LANDJUT . The blue coat of arms is reminiscent of the NATO blue. The NATO star was omitted entirely, as the corps was formed by a trinational agreement and not by NATO. The three wave crests indicate the three Baltic Sea access points in the operating area. The two crossed swords of the German-Danish corps were supplemented by a third sword for the third nation that joined Poland. The wave crests that LANDJUT also have for the Rendsburg location have been replaced by the crowned griffin in red for the headquarters of the staff in Stettin, as this shows the griffin in the city's coat of arms. The griffin is borrowed from the coat of arms of Pomerania , which has a checkered German-Polish history in its history, in which Denmark also plays a historical role (cf. for example Second Northern War ).

The coat of arms also exists as a beret badge as well as a federation badge for wearing on the service suit and field suit, in colored or camouflaged, worn on the left sleeve of the service suit.


  • Sven Bernhard Gareis , Ulrich vom Hagen: Military cultures and multinationality. The Multinational Corps Northeast in Stettin (= series of publications of the Social Science Institute of the Bundeswehr . Vol. 1). Leske and Budrich, Opladen 2004, ISBN 3-8100-4010-X .

Web links

Commons : Multinational Corps North-East  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Multinational Corps Northeast Convention on the website of the Corps (German: Convention on the Multinational Corps Northeast ( Memento of May 2, 2005 in the Internet Archive ) at the Viadrina International Law Project of the European University Viadrina ; PDF , 52 kB)
  2. ^ Website MNK NO, history, year 2009; Preparation for ISAF in 2010 (English)
  3. ^ Claudia Seidenschwanz: Mission accomplished - Multinational Corps Northeast receives certificate., June 23, 2017, accessed on June 28, 2017 (deu).
  4. ^ Corps' mission. Multinational Corps North-East, accessed August 17, 2015 .
  5. ^ Structure Multinational Corps Northeast, accessed October 1, 2018.

Coordinates: 53 ° 26 ′ 27.9 ″  N , 14 ° 29 ′ 30.5 ″  E