Military Forces of East Germany / Streitkräfte Ostdeutschlands

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Grenztruppen der DDR – Border Troops of the German Democratic Republic

The Border Troops of the German Democratic Republic, in German Grenztruppen der DDR, were a military force of the GDR and the primary force guarding the Berlin Wall and the border between East and West Germany. The Border Troops numbered at their peak approximately 47,000 troops. Except the Soviet Union, no other Warsaw Pact country had such a large border guard force.

The border guards were responsible for many deaths at the Berlin Wall. At least 29 border guards were killed in the line of duty.

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