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November 24, 1953
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Approved For Release 2005/08/03 : CIA-RDP80-0081OA003101100008-7 CLi':S'.31P?CATIA 0N_~rx;yor:af~i COUNTRY _ ; ast Guam .nY TOPIC... 25X1 information on KVP Units in Spremberg 25X&ALUATION.,L_ 25X1 DATE OF CONTENTJ 25X&TE OBTAINED REFERENCES., PACES REMARKS SATE PREPARED_ 24 November 1953 ENCLOSURES (NO. & TYPE).~.......w.... 25X1 25X1 25 25X1 to the rank of r..a j der in mid- October ., Approved For Release 2005/08/03 : CIA-RDP80-0081OA003101100008-7 25X1 1. On X October c^ .:; F tr.tcks PI-ciced up ETLIWI-ng equipment at 't e? W, aisswa ::er ration supply depot The trucks whose drivers wore blue-bordere,3 b:>-ark collar patches and black-bordered epaulets left toward Spremberg , l 2. At 3:30 p.m. on i October., about 200 XVPs who wore blue service color and carried baggage arrived as `tho Spreriba::rg railroad station from The direction of Cotfibus n The sol.c iers proceeded ,.o the P'anrsr jaeger Kaserne. the occupation of thus increased. -co an ert-Ina-.ed 1,600 to -1,,70(! main., The bulk of the soldiers quartered th,sre wt>re blue service ~~nlo:r. but some soldiers with black and. red service color were also seen., Only it:sic training was oba er sre at the instal:ia`bion. Winter, PK officer of one of the ani?+.s stationed at the installation, wrs rn omoted 25X1 T~CpR . S l:~ldA 1 7~t. k 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2005/08/03 : CIA-RDP80-0081OA003101100008-7 25X1 25X1 25X1 3-1 4. 25X1 5. On 7 October, six T=-34 tanks rt:ere detrained at the Spremberg frei.gnt station. The escort detail took the tacks to the barracks installation and they left by rail, probably to Thuringia. The Horning of 8 October, source observEd three model St7-76 SP guns engaged in driving school practices in the bi leting area. On 12 October, a new radio truck arrived at the. railroad station and then proceeded to the barracks installation. 6. On 21 October, 70 to 80 MVPs who wore hark blue service color arrived at thi Spremberg. railroad ?station from. the direction of Goerlitz. The soldiers, who were 17 or 18 ya-ars old and carried. baggage but no arms, apparently were recruits. The barracks installation was not occupied to capacity, The six newly erected temporary quartering buildings were still empty, although they had been furnished with. billeting equipment. Since about mid- October; the six wa-R;ch towers of the installation have been occupied by double sentries. On 26 September, five T-34 tanks proceeded through Spreraberg toward Graustein. On 5 October, five T-34 tanks F- I pas6ed through S; renberg toward Gbtt'uu., 4 anc j 300 KVP personnel arrived at, the. local barracks installation oh 15 September. The ration strength of the unit thus increased to about 1, 500 men, In mid-September, six temporary quartering buildings each with a capacity of 100 men were completed in the billeting area by an engineer detail of 38 men from Dresden. These buildings and two psrirtas.nent quartering buildings were provided with billeting equipment. Between 25 Sefrtem.ber and 10 October, all officers had to move from the barracks installation to private billets in Spremberg. Senior Lieutenant Scharfenberg. wall political officer of the unit. 2 since racentl.y,. rotor vehicle the barraoks installation. Driving school 'was regularly conducted with some T-34 ta.n}_s and model SU-76 SP guns. Small details of soldiers received training with medium. mortars. Firing with carbines and submachine guns wag pract:_ced at the target. range. No training activities have so far been observed outside the barracks installation., While mostly soldiers with dark blue service color were seen previously, soldiers with yelloul-bordered black service color have also been seen 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2005/08/03 : CIA-RDP80-0081 OA003101100008-7 Approved For Release 2005/08/03 : CIA-RDP80-0081OA003101100008-7 SECRET' 25X1 1, L IConn,tienta Blue-bordered black collar patches are worn by engineer soldiers. It appears that besides the previously observed tank unit the barracks installation in Spremberg also quarters engineer, and infantry .or artillery troops" 2. Co en The vacating of the barracks installation by officers, the construction of temporary quartering buildings and the arrival in September/ October of rersonnel as well as tanks indicate that the installation is schedule1 to be occupied much more heavily. Prior to September 1953, the tank instruction regiment of TV 3000 in Dresden was carried as being stationed therred After TV' 3000 has been reorganized into a mechanized Bereitschaft it must be expected that an additional tank regiment will be organized to Spremberga SECRET, Approved For Release 2005/08/03 : CIA-RDP80-0081OA003101100008-7 Approved For Release 2005/08/03 : CIA-RDP80-0081OA003101100008-7 COUNTRY 25X1 Military Informat-iDn from Altenburg. EVALUATION..` 25X1 _PLACE OBTAINED DATE OF CONTENT 25X1 DATE OBTAINS REFERENCES PAGES 1 ENCLOSURES (No. & TYPEE) _._ ..._ REMARKS - 1. On 28 October 1953, an estimated 550 scidiers wearing red-bordered b:Lack 25X1 epaulets with artillery insignia were cuartered in the barracks insta.1lation east of Leipzi.ger Strasse in Altenburg. The equipment of the units in the installation included AT guns and 122-e an guns. On 28 October 1953, n mierous truck: -,.,n . 3 field Litchens were in the. barracks yard and 9 tractors and two 122-=c guns were in the storage sheds about 120 ;ner. 25X1 25X1 25X1 100 soldiers were cleaning and folding up tents, :chile several other CLASSIFICATION _ ? ? a;,t Germany (received hair.'.?p in the yard with guns and vehicles. 2. On 28 October? about, 700 soldiers wearing red-bordered. black epaulets vith artillery and motor transport insignia were quartered in the barracks installation wrest of Leipziger Strasso. About 70 uniformed worsen were temporarily billeted in the building directly south of the barracks instal- lation, north of the officer's billets,. On 24 and 28 October 1953, about 'roues received training with three 152-yam guns. 3. Between 24 and 28 O tober 953, only very limited training activity was .observed on thy: tr' ning ground north m'st of the barracks installations. 4. The officers' billets were occupied alisiost to capacity by, about 120 officers. 5. rotor vehicles observed travelling from the town to the barracks installations from 21 to 28 October CLASSIF'ICA, ION SLCR ^_. ; 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2005/08/03 : CIA-RDP80-0081OA003101100008-7