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      Sgt. Mike
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      The beginning Checkpoint Charlie 1961. first started as a few strands of Barbed wire, then troops, then tanks facing each other.
      Up till then (1945-1961) east and west Berliners traveled across the border until mass migration from east to west

      This escape was made by 19-year-old guard Conrad Schumann on August 15, 1961, just the third day of the wall’s construction. Since the “wall” was really just starting to be built

      24 August 1961: Günter Litfin was the first person to be shot while attempting to escape across the Berlin Wall.
      The last person to be shot and killed while trying to cross the border was Chris Gueffroy on 6 February 1989.
      It is speculated that more than 138 people was shot escaping East Berlin

      This BMW Isetta was used to smuggle nine people across the Wall. Knowing that East German border guards carefully examined large cars and trucks for stowaways, Horst Breistoffer modified the bubble car to make room for an escapee curled up in the space once taken up by the battery and heating system. He was caught on the 10th attempt to smuggle a person across the border.

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      Sgt. Mike
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      the full blown two walls in 1984

      Riding a train to Berlin was sometimes tricky if you fell asleep and past the west Berlin sector ….. yeah not cool the DDR had no sense of humor if you was inside their sector in uniform or otherwise being a card carrying member of capitalism.


      Finally 11 November 1989: West Berliners watch as East German border guards demolish a section of the wall……

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      DaveInGA
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      Having served in West Germany in the late eighties, it was a proud moment to watch that wall come down….

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      Sgt. Mike
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      Wasn’t it Dave?
      I never made it back after the wall came down.

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      Smoke4320
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      I was born there.. Still have family there. And went back about every 7-10 years ..Don’t see returning again with the Muslim invasion
      The stories I here will make your blood pressure peg the needle

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