"spectators who went there to see soldiers strutting about in a display of Nazi goose-step"
Like other march steps, the "stechschritt" originated in the 18th century as a method to keep troops lined up properly as they advanced towards enemy lines. It was introduced into German military tradition by Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, a Field Marshall whose close attention to training transformed the Prussian infantry into one of the most formidable armed forces in Europe.
In other nations, the goose step does not carry this negative connotation. This sometimes results in inaccurate conclusions being drawn by English-speaking observers.
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