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11:04pm on Tuesday the 19th of February
AN ARMY OF MEN LIKE THE FAT KID IN WILLY WONKA

They drink too much and they're too fat to fight, that's the damning conclusion of German parliamentary reports into the country's 3,500 troops stationed in Afghanistan.

While British and U.S. troops in the country face a strict ban on alcohol, their German comrades are allowed two pints a day.

The stunning statistics reveal that in 2007 German forces in northern Afghanistan drank 1.7million pints of beer and 90,000 bottles of wine.

The troops also downed 896,000 pints of beer in the first six months of this year, the Times reported

The statistics only add to the embarrassment of the country's federal army, Bundeswehr, after a report earlier this year found troops to be too fat, smoked too much and didn't exercise enough.

It showed they lived on beer and sausages while shunning fruit and vegetables.

The parliamentary report claimed that some 40 per cent of all German army personnel are overweight - a higher percentage than in the civilian population.

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So what if German soldiers are less than the idealistic Germanic warrior and more Augustus Gloop from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?

Are fat, ineffective German soldiers actually a bad thing? Remember the last time Germany had a well oiled and capable military?

How well did that work out?

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