- February 24, 2016 at 2:32 am #24825
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: GÃ¼nter 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.
- February 24, 2016 at 2:33 am #24826
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.
- February 24, 2016 at 3:59 am #24840DaveInGAParticipant
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Having served in West Germany in the late eighties, it was a proud moment to watch that wall come down….
- February 24, 2016 at 4:02 am #24843
Wasn’t it Dave?
I never made it back after the wall came down.
- February 24, 2016 at 9:25 pm #24890Smoke4320Participant
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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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