Cultural Interoperability in Project Taurus

Frederik Wermser, Peter Essens, Susanne Täuber, Eric Molleman

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To support the process of integration of Netherlands (NLD) and German (DEU) units in the DEU1. Panzerdivision (“Project Taurus”), the Commando Landstrijdkrachten of the Netherlands and the Kommando Heer of Germany asked the University of Groningen to study the development of identity and culture in these units. A large-scale survey with three waves was executed by the university in 2017, 2018 and 2019 among soldiers in the staffs of the 1. Panzerdivision, Panzerlehrbrigade9 and 43Mechanised Brigade, as well as the entire Panzerbataillon414 and 45Armoured Infantry Battalion. In addition, the present findings draw on interviews conducted prior to and after the survey waves. The level of integration is a prominent factor in how soldiers perceive the integration. This relates to how many soldiers of the other nation operate in a unit, and consequently to the frequency of contact between soldiers of the two nations. Units with 10% or more soldiers of the other nation we call ‘Deeply Integrated’. Units with less soldiers of the other nation but still a binational command relationship, are called ‘Structurally Integrated’.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyMinisterie van Defensie
Number of pages44
Publication statusPublished - 13-Nov-2020
EventHet Culturele Interoperabiliteit Symposium 2020: Over Duits-Nederlandse militaire samenwerking - Hilversum, Netherlands
Duration: 13-Nov-202013-Nov-2020


  • Project Taurus
  • Cultural Interoperability
  • Dutch Army
  • German Army
  • Binational Collaboration
  • Organizational Identification


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