The German Army maintains several specialized units known for conducting exercises known in Germany as Informationslehrübung Gefechts und Luftfahrzeuge des Deutschen Heeres or German Army Combat Vehicle and Aircraft Demonstration Exercises in English; which showcased the capabilities of the Army's fighting vehicles and aircraft and how they operate in a combined effort jointly in various scenarios. One such unit the pride of the Heer is the Panzerlehrbrigade 9 (9th Armored Demonstration Brigade), which during the Cold War was stationed in the city of Munster, Lower Saxony in West Germany.
|A Marder infantry fighting vehicle on maneuvers in West Germany|
The uniform here is of a Hauptgefreiter (Lance Corporal) of the Panzergrenadiertruppen assigned to the Panzerlehrbrigade 9. All German soldiers enter the 12 week basic training program as Schütze (Rifleman) and upon graduation are promoted to the rank of Gefreiter (Private), after three months federal service a Gefreiter is then promoted to Obergefreiter (Private First Class) and after nine months of federal service they are promoted to the rank of Hauptgefreiter.
The uniform retains the green color piping of the Infanterietruppen (Jägertruppen/Panzergrenadiertruppen) and also note the metal Hauptgefreiter insignia on the shoulderboards.
On the left shoulder is the shoulder flash patch of the Panzerlehrbrigade 9. The patch displays two crossed swords and an "L" for Lehrbrigade (Demonstration Brigade) against a red background with an accompanying red border.
A Koppelschloss (buckle) und Hosengurtel (belt) of the Bundeswehr. This belt is very similar to those belts worn by soldiers of the German Wehrmacht throughout Second World War. The German logo and Eagle was retained using the Imperial style Prussian heraldry eagle over the outlawed Nazi Eagle & swastika and instead of Gott Mit Uns (God's With Us) which was also associated with the previous regime it has been replaced with the motto of the Bundeswehr taken from the German National Anthem "Einigkeit, Recht, Freiheit", or "Unity, Justice, Freedom".
A close view of the ceremonial belt buckle.
Fuchs Armored Personnel Carrier