East German leaders used frozen carcasses to inflate shooting party tallies

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The Communist rulers of former East Germany used to inflate their hunting prowess by displaying frozen carcasses bought from the butcher, it has emerged.

Details of how the state's former leader, Erich Honecker, cheated at shooting parties have been revealed out as a unique collection of guns owned by him and other top party officials has come up for sale.

The 31 rifles, shotguns and pistols which once belonged to Honecker and other Communist officials, including the hated Stasi secret police chief Erich Mielke, are expected to fetch more than their estimated half million euros (£400,000) value at auction next month.

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