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January 31, 2015

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koogleschreiber

Richard von Weizsäcker was also a soldier of the Wehrmacht and he has fought on all major theaters of war in Europe. He was member of the Infantry Regiment 9 of Potsdam, which had the nicknames Graf Neun (Count Nine) and I.R. von Neun, because of the high percentage of Prussian aristocrats and purported arrogance in its ranks. 19 of its officers were involved in the conspiracy against Hitler, by far more than in any other German regiment. I think these have shown integrity and loyalty in their highest sense. They have seen the conflict between their military oath on Adolf Hitler and the values they have shared. Their eyes were open, they have realized the crimes comitted by the German forces and for them it was a matter of courage and honour to join the conspiracy against Hitler. This also sheds a light on other parts of the Wehrmacht. One might ask, what was known in this regiment that was unkown in the rest of the Wehrmacht? Not very much, I suppose. Except the true meaning of loyalty and integrity.

The regiment's tradition is continued by the Wachbataillon of the Bundeswehr, which performs the military honours during state visits or on comparable occasions.

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