The group joined forces with the intention of protecting West Germany against Eastern Europen nations. There were also indications leaders intended to "restore honor" to their homeland by overthrowing occupying forces.
The army was led by WWII Colonel Albert Schnez, and was made up of nearly 2,000 other former Nazi officers.
Germany’s intelligence agency, the BND found documents describing the group while researching their own history.
Titled “insurances,” the file details how 40,000 followers would fight off any attempted invasions.
Der Spiegel reports the army was against Allied law, but still received support and money from the West German secret service. They also caution the work, "is incomplete and thus needs to be considered with some restraint."
Schnez was said to have put together an emergency plan that included commandeering public transportation and police vehicles for use in emergency situations.
German officials found out about the group in 1951 but choose to allow it to remain intact.
The documents don’t make it clear when the army was disbanded.