Two Armies and One Fatherland: The End of the Nationale Volksarmee

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Chapter 8
FIRST DECISIONS ON DISBANDING UNITS

Thursday, 8 November 1990

I visit the army headquarters for eastern Germany in Potsdam. Flying over the Brandenburg countryside and lakeland moves me again and again. Potsdam, then Sanssouci Palace amid the lakes, so beautiful. That I can see all this from the air, that I am flying over a united Germany, still seems like a miracle. The briefing at the army headquarters produces the usual worries: we need more time and the men need more clarity about their prospects.

Next we visit to a former elite regiment of the NVA. Up until two years ago, in the case of war it would have been ordered to attack West Berlin. A smart commanding officer reports to me. Now a major, he is proud to have become -- in 1989 -- commanding officer of this regiment, which he joined twenty years earlier. The soldiers demonstrate their special abilities in single combat and as infantry. The training facilities are excellent, ours could be no better.

However, my sudden wish to see the kitchens and living quarters causes consternation, and the result is as I expected: the kitchen in a disgusting condition, the plaster flaking off, the floor smeared with fat; the rooms sparsely furnished like everywhere else, and the showers are not working even though the unit does a lot of sport.

At lunch I talk with the commander and a few officers about their reactions at the time of the political changeover. The commander talks readily.

He admits to me:

General, when I became a soldier I was sure I was doing the right thing and I was proud to serve in this elite regiment. When I became the com-

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