Useful East German Training Films
The German archives (Bundesarchiv) have released a series of DVDs that capture East German training films for general distribution. Two DVDs of potential interest to Bullshido devotees are Nahkampf fur Spezialisten (1987) and Nahkampfausbildung bei der NVA.
In this context, the NVA is New People's Army, the name of the reconstituted army in East Germany. It was established in 1956 and disbanded in 1990.
The two DVDs are compilations of several training films. The training films covered close quarters combat, individual training, unit training, methods of training, training aids, etc. The East German movement to the inclusion of karate-style techniques in the 1980s was influenced by the North Koreans.
The two films are a clear look into a historical period, and are a good look at how the East Germans tailored training to two groups, conscripts on a two year cycle, and long term enlisted and career officers. The films also document changes that were accomplished by modernizations in training in the 1970s and 1980s.
The films also show how regular units were trained, and how "special" units were trained, and that not all training in combatives was equal. One was an army of mass, and the other was an army of highly filtered and selected specialists.
I purchased my copies on Ebay, and went to the German Ebay site to identify the product and put it in my watch list, and then paid for the product from the U.S. site. The content was worth the effort.
I have all three DVDs. The Nahkampf Kompakt is the repackaged version of the one I previously mentioned (Nahkampfausbildung bei der NVA). All three DVDs received low ratings on the Amazon.de (Deutschland) website. Someone must have expected something else.
These are compilations of training films. I found them very useful documents, but I am a historian by training and very willing to work with a broad range of materials most people overlook. If you know what you are looking at, these will be of value.
Nahkampf fur Spezialisten, part 1. 21 minutes. Reflects 1950s/1960s training and doctrine. The hand-to-hand training section shows classic (traditional) European gymnastics mixed with Jiu-jitsu, reflecting previous German training, not Russian training. When a smaller ethnic nation is occupied by a larger foreign power, often national traits will become reinforced where they can be out of an unconscious reaction to maintain identity.
Nahkampf fur Spezialisten, part 2. 28 minutes. Reflects special unit training, and shows 1980s integration of karate into the physical training and hand-to-hand combat regimen.
Nahkampf! Wie ausbilden? (Close quarters combat! How to train?) 30 minutes.
Nur Training. 26 minutes. How to do physical training, personal and unit training, station training, obstacle courses, etc.
Nahkampf. 21 mintues. Two movies together. One is about special forces. The second one is about training personnel in close quarters combat. The East German soldier was most often a conscript on a two year obligation. The training film shows how training in close quarters combat advances progressively for each six month block, with the last group (the two year veterans) are co-instructors.
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