The German Democratic Republic was founded October 7, 1949. From May 8, 1945 to October 7, 1949 the five states of the later GDR have been administrated by the Soviet military administration. The old registration
plates from the "Deutsches Reich" have been removed by the military administration. They introduced a new system which was in use from 1945 to 1947. In 1948 in all four occupation zones in Germany a
standartized system replaced the different short-term systems of the different zones. In East Germany this system was in use until 1953. In the GDR the five states have been superseded by 15 districts. Because of
this reorganization the GDR introduced a new vehicle registration system on the base of the new 15 districts in the same year.
On the following pages I show the plate history of the GDR with examples from my collection:
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