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Operation Danube - Czechoslovakia 1968

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Correct. It was felt that German troops invading Czechoslovakia on the 30th anniversary of 1938 would be bad PR, even if they were good communists. The East German government of course wanted to prove that they were the latter first; they had spent the previous ten years distancing themselves from the original goal of a united Germany under communist rule in favor of the narrative that the DDR had nothing to do with previous German history except select revolutionary bits, and rather was an all-new thing, the first workers-and-peasants state on German territory whose tradition was communist resistance to the Nazis, basically having been on the winning side of WW II. Barring them from the Czech Blitzkrieg revival was a major blow to them.


Interestingly enough, a photographer clearly thought the photo below would be of interest...taken in Banska Bystrica, Czechoslovakia - August 1968:



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