Man of Steel- Walter Lukesch, HptmAuthor: Heinz Rainer
April 10th, 1975, Kaisersteinbruch Garrison, Austria
0600 a.m., sharp call : Tagwache !
Everyone's up in a second, some try to procrastinate.
15 min later, the last sleepers are thrown out of their beds.
Morning toilet, fetching breakfast by the corporals of day, 07.30 we are ready.
Standing in formation, the captain appears. He has returned from his daily 1 hour jog in the woods of the Blue quarry, the Emperors quarry, where granite was broken for the famous Vienna Ringstrasse in Imperial Austria.
When he appears, the company is quiet. No-nonsense expression, a man of steel, he won't demand more than he can deliver himself. Problem - it's a lot.
No one i have ever seen with more a will of steel, a massive amount of stamina.
One shout, plain and clear, comes out from 140 recruits : "Good morning, Herr Hauptmann !"
When the jog begins, we all sigh. The more we pant, the more he gets agile. Never ending strength, a bear, almost animalic, a real soldier.
After 1 hour, we are near exhaustion, the daily astronautic exercises start.
12 x 12 standard exercises. Close to exhaustion we make it through this morning.
With every day passing, our stamina improves, our bodies get harder and more durable.
Each muscle hurting, we have been turned into physical powerhouses.
He leads the company to the 'Pannonian plains', marching through the night, through forests, trancelike we follow, he is right ahead of us, and knows each stone in his territory. Explaining from History how Huns, Mongols and other enemies invaded these plains in the past. He shows remarkable historic knowledge in his quest to make us better soldiers.
Trained by Walter Lukesch, a statement that carries weight in our Army's chronicles.
Continue to read : Hauptmann Walter Lukesch, the longest march
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