In the United States in October 1993, the National Rifle Association (NRA) ran a 4-page ad in the center of its American Rifleman magazine, the first page of which showed goose-stepping , jackbooted legs under the question, "What's the First Step to a Police State?"  Two years later, the NRA's executive vice-president, Wayne LaPierre , sparked controversy when he referred to federal agents as "jackbooted government thugs" in an NRA fund-raising letter. The term had been coined by United States Representative John David Dingell Jr., Democrat of Michigan, in 1981.  Such statements prompted former . president George . Bush to resign his membership in the organization soon after. 
The training manual SS 143 of February 1917 marked the end of attacks made by lines of infantry with a few detached specialists.  The platoon was divided into a small headquarters and four sections, one with two trained grenade-throwers and assistants, the second with a Lewis gunner and nine assistants carrying 30 drums of ammunition, the third section comprised a sniper, scout and nine riflemen and the fourth section had nine men with four rifle-grenade launchers.  The rifle and hand-grenade sections were to advance in front of the Lewis-gun and rifle-grenade sections, in two waves or in artillery formation , which covered an area 100 yd (91 m) wide and 50 yd (46 m) deep, with the four sections in a diamond pattern, the rifle section ahead, rifle grenade and bombing sections to the sides and the Lewis gun section behind, until resistance was met. German defenders were to be suppressed by fire from the Lewis-gun and rifle-grenade sections, while the riflemen and hand-grenade sections moved forward, preferably by infiltrating round the flanks of the resistance, to overwhelm the defenders from the rear. 
I grew up in East Germany and remember having school on Saturdays till noon in the ’70s. I can’t remember if it was every Saturday or just every other Saturday but with the change from the 48-hours work week to 40 hours, Saturday school went away slowly. However, I remember that even in the University (late ’80s/beginning ’90s) we had Saturday lessons every other week but since most students went home Fridays already, they changed the schedule to Mon – Fri (but then, people left Thursdays already…).
Anyway, I enjoyed your article, lots of memories. I came to US in the ’90s. I brought lots of those traits (I used to iron my clothes too and impressed my now wife when I even ironed her undis). But, I dropped this and some other traits as time passed by…. but others are still alive (and yes, I did find a German butcher and baker here and have been going there since ’96). But we still stuff our suitcases every time we come back (the lower weight limits make it a bit more challenging though), and Kaffee und Kuchen – well, we have become a little bit Americanised by sometimes having lunch at 2 or 3 pm, unless we decide to skip lunch for Kaffee und Kuchen!
The only regret I have: I didn’t teach or continue to teach my child German for various reasons (and excuses) and now, he’s getting ready for College, the opportunity to study in Germany for practically free of charge (other than (much lower) cost of living) is lost due to lack of the German language.