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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The 65th Anniversary of DDR National People's Army

The National People's Army (Nationale Volksarmee - NVA, German) were the armed forces of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), East Germany, from 1956 to 1990.The NVA was organized into four branches: the Landstreitkräfte (Ground Forces), the Volksmarine (Navy), the Luftstreitkräfte (Air Force), and the Grenztruppen (Border Troops). The German Democratic Republic (GDR) established the National People's Army on 1 March 1956 (six months after the formation of the West German Bundeswehr) from the Kasernierte Volkspolizei. This formation culminated years of preparation during which former Wehrmacht officers and communist veterans of the Spanish Civil War helped to organize and train paramilitary units of the People's Police. Though the NVA featured a German appearance – including uniforms and ceremonies patterned after older German military traditions – its doctrine and structure showed the strong influence of the Soviet Armed Forces.

Composition soldiers from PGH Effelder.

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