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Personal photos of a soldier of the National people’s army (GDR)

Photos taken by Herbert Verfugungen — a simple German soldier, who from 1979 to 1981 he served in the 8th Panzer regiment of the National people’s army of the GDR. For those who might. don’t know GDR — German Democratic Republic (also often called East Germany). The state that emerged in 1949 and ceased to exist in 1990. The national people’s army (it. Nationale Volksarmee) armed forces of the GDR, was founded in 1956.
Well, about the pictures, the ones in the barracks — I personally interesting because it seems in the photos pure Germans, the descendants of the Teutonic knights, but the surroundings are absolutely our. Some student Dorm. Again the beer (or whatever they have?), cigarettes — whether features of European culture of the army, whether officers are bad. Sorry that the photo quality on the C-minus…

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1977. East German ,,Pionierpanzer” operated by Young Pioneers (Jungpioniere), a suborganisation of the Ernst Thälmann Pioneer Organisation. Sections provided with these mini-tanks were effectively called ,,Panzerbrigade” (Armoured Brigade), which apparently operated under STASI supervision.

These ,,Pionierpanzer” were powered by a Trabant engine and had a top speed of 15 kph. The turrets couldn’t traverse. The crew was composed of 2 Jungpioniere. Different models were in production, resembling actual tanks: T-34-76, T-34-85. T-54, SU-100, and SU-122.

Sources are contradictory regarding the guns: some claim they could fire live ammunition, some that they could fire only blanks, others that “hits” were scored using a laser system, similar to nowaday’s Laser Tag.

Existing footage confirms that they were at least capable of firing blanks.