I unearthed rare footage and photographs of Diensteinheit IX, East Germany’s special and covert counter-terrorism unit. I will be posting them here. The majority of these are from training exercises
Formed after the Munich Massacre as a counter terrorism unit, it was designed to be the eastern counterpart of the West German SEK. However, Diensteinheit IX ended up being used mostly in the cases of deserted Soviet soldiers who obtained a firearm before going AWOL ImageImageImageImage
The unit used East German makarovs, polish PM-63 sub machine guns, and also West German weapons made by HK, obtained through cover organizations, routed through bangladesh on Colombian licenses before ending back up in the DDR. These included MP5s, and other weaponry. ImageImageImageImage
During the 80s, due to having no limitations on training, Diensteinheit IX ended up using 2/3 of East German 9x18 Makarov ammunition. Both the East German Makarov and the PM-63 both used this caliber ImageImageImageImage
Because East Germany officially had no crime, this was an extremely covert unit, whos existence wasn’t discovered until after the reunification ImageImageImageImage
Pictures are definitely hard to find, so I am extremely pleased to have found as many as I did ImageImageImageImage
After reunification, some members, after thorough vetting were able to join the SEK ImageImageImage
Another interesting aspect of this unit, is that they are equipped with Paratrooper uniforms, boots, and in some cases, Vests, marked with “Polizei” on the back Image

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The equipment of each unit was very individual, constantly modified, and were all adapted to the respective training and operational requirements.
Almost nothing was too expensive for the troops, and ImageImage
plenty of modern equipment was procured from the West via KoKo and IMES but they were also typically very pragmatic in the GDR and used available gear as needed. ImageImage
Each unit was usually up to 10 men strong, and after reunification most of the SEK units of the Federal Republics new states were originally Diensteinheit IX ImageImageImageImage
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