Army Sports Association Forward

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The Army Sports Association Vorwärts , ASV Vorwärts for short , was the sports association of the National People's Army (NVA) in the GDR or, before it was founded, that of the Barracked People's Police .

The uniform ASV tracksuit, a brown tracksuit made of Dederon or cotton with yellow-red side stripes and the oval ASV emblem on the chest, which was worn as sportswear by all NVA members, from soldiers to general, was known. It was often used as casual clothing, especially by former contract and professional soldiers, even after active service.


Logo of the Sturmvogel Sports Association (1950–1956)

The main training administration (HVA) of the Ministry of the Interior of the GDR founded its own sports association in Leipzig in 1950, the SV Vorwärts of the HVA Leipzig . In the same year, the SV Sturmvogel of the Maritime Police headquarters was launched in Parow . In the course of the establishment of the Barracked People's Police (KVP) by the HVA, the SV Vorwärts HVA was renamed SV Vorwärts of the KVP on July 1, 1952. The SV Sturmvogel was affiliated to it on August 1, 1953. The Vorwärts Leipzig soccer team was relocated to Berlin in the summer of 1953 and together with it the ZSK Vorwärts KVP Berlin was founded as the central sports club of the barracked people's police. A year later, SV Vorwärts Parow was delegated to Rostock .

On January 18, 1956, the National People's Army was founded, which replaced the KVP. The Army Sports Association Vorwärts was founded on October 1, 1956. The ASV became a member of the German Gymnastics and Sports Federation of the GDR (DTSB) and was also one of the founding members of the Sports Committee of the Friendly Armies (SKDA), which was founded on March 12, 1958 in Moscow by twelve armies of the “Socialist Camp”. Local army sports communities (ASG) and army sports clubs (ASK) were formed in the individual NVA locations. The ASK Vorwärts Berlin was developed into the central focus club . As a result of the outsourcing of certain sections, further performance centers such as the ASK Vorwärts Leipzig, the ASK Vorwärts Rostock , the ASK Vorwärts Oberhof and the ASK Vorwärts Potsdam emerged in the following years . At the end of the 1960s, the remaining Berlin sections were merged to form ASK Vorwärts Frankfurt (Oder) .


The center of excellence for soccer originally belonged to the central army sports club in Berlin and was spun off on January 18, 1966 as an independent soccer club FC Vorwärts Berlin . As a section of ASK Vorwärts, the Berliners won their first football championship in 1958, which was followed by five more titles by 1969. In 1954 and 1970, they also won the GDR soccer cup . Numerous national players came from Vorwärts Berlin, such as Otto Fräßdorf (33 internationals), Gerhard Körner (33), Jürgen Nöldner (30), Karl-Heinz Spickenagel (29) and Hans-Dieter Krampe (28). In 1971, the famous army club had to give way to the football clubs of the Dynamo sports association and the DTSB ( BFC Dynamo or 1. FC Union Berlin ), which were also based in the capital, and from then on played in Frankfurt (Oder). This measure heralded the sporting decline of the then record champions. In the following years the FC Vorwärts increasingly lost quality and attractiveness and even had to play in the second division for a year in 1978, from 1988 onwards.

Certain army sports communities served as the sporting basis for FC Vorwärts, in which competitive football was also played and whose teams sometimes played in the second-rate GDR league. Forward Stralsund was represented for two seasons in the top division league . Here, too, disputes over competence with the DTSB and SV Dynamo led to the fact that these performance bases were relocated from the sports centers of the republic to more remote areas over the years. With Vorwärts Rostock (1967 to Stralsund), Vorwärts Cottbus (from 1974 ASG Vorwärts Kamenz ), Vorwärts Leipzig (from 1974 Vorwärts Dessau ) and Vorwärts Meiningen (from 1974 ASG Vorwärts Plauen ) alone four second division clubs were affected by this measure. In order to concentrate the funds, ASV Vorwärts later decided to close the service bases in Kamenz, Löbau, Neubrandenburg and Plauen. In the summer of 1989, the two remaining ASG teams from Stralsund and Dessau were transferred to civil (company) sports communities ( BSG Motor Stralsund , SG Dessau 89 ).


After the end of the People's Army, the Forward Army Sports Association dissolved on December 14, 1990.

Head of the ASV

Chairperson (1956–1990):

Period Surname
1956-1958 Friedrich Dickel
1958-1960 Heinz Hoffmann
1960-1969 Kurt Wagner
1969-1974 Arno Mücke
1974-1988 Waldemar Verner
1979-1986 Heinz Keßler
1986-1989 Horst Brünner
1990 Heinz Günther Wittek

Head of the Secretariat (Office) of the Presidium or Head of the Committee (1956–1990):

Period Surname
1956-1961 Rudolf Reimann
1961-1972 Arno Mücke
1972-1989 Walter Herkner
1989-1990 Heinz Günther Wittek

Olympic champion

Due to the intensive support of the army athletes, a large number of top athletes came from the ranks of the ASV Vorwärts , who not only won GDR championships, but also numerous Olympic and world championships:

Web links

Commons : Army Sports Association Forward  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Hanns Leske : Forward. Army football in GDR socialism. Rise and fall of ASK / FC Vorwärts Leipzig / Berlin / Frankfurt, Göttingen 2009, p. 22.