Cooperation between the Slovenian and Austrian national organizations of mountain soldiers

The cooperation between both organizations was built up on the initiative of the commanders of Jägerbattalion 25 of the Austrian Bundesheer from Klagenfurt and the Slovenian Armed Forces’ 132nd Mountain Battalion based in Bohinjska Bela.
 
This August, following the invitation of the Khevenhüller 7er Bund from Klagenfurt, a delegation of the Slovenian Organisation of Mountain Soldiers attended a memorial ceremony held on the Plöcken Pass, which is located between Timau in Italy and Kotschach-Mauthen in Austria. During this event, it was also agreed to determine possible concrete forms of future bilateral contacts at the next working meetings in Slovenia.
 
The second meeting took place in October in Slovenia on the Ljubelj Pass and focused on the cooperation of both organizations based on basic common values and friendship.
 
This year members of the Khevenhüller 7er Bund already took part in the memorial hike 'Krn 1918 - 2012'. Furthermore, members of the Slovenian Organisation of Mountain Soldiers attended the Advent festivities in the Khevenhüller barracks in Klagenfurt. The Slovenian delegation which consisted of as many as fourteen members and supporters was met with amicable attention and hospitality.

After the traditional Advent mass in the military chapel, the delegation visited the largest barracks in Klagenfurt, which houses the Austrian red berets and a well arranged museum of the 7th Khevenhüller Regiment.
In January, our Austrian friends will participate in the traditional ski competition Partizanske smučine 2013 in Cerkno. Members of the Slovenian Organisation of Mountain Soldiers will attend the traditional memorial hike in Rožna dolina in Koroška. In the future, the organizations will also join their efforts in studying the common Slovenian and Austrian military history.