Second and Third Platoons of First Company supported by the heavy weapons squad marched west along the road toward the village of Erxleben. Though all of the officers of the battalion had gone through these exercises, Honeker was sure the colonel had ordered and accompanied this field exercise deliberately to make him look bad. That officer and Hartmann, both wearing green armbands instead of the red his men wore, rode along as observers, with Hartmann thankfully back near the heavy weapons . . .



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