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Subject: Cold War British video for armed forces on traveling through East Germany

Written By: Elor on 02/20/21 at 4:13 am

Since me mentioning crossing the border into the GDR and the reunification of Germany in the 1989 throwback thread was met with some interest I thought this might be interesting to some of you as well. It's an 80ies video with detailed instructions for British soldiers on how to travel from West Germany through East Germany to get to West Berlin (which was at the time deep in East German territory but was part of West Germany... Everyone wanted a part of Berlin after WWII ;)).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS1xvtLV8Xw
I'm not sure how difficult it was for West Germans to transit through the GDR to get to West Berlin but I know that traveling to an East German location was quite the ordeal at the border that took several hours. You needed a visa, got forced to exchange money and you got your car and luggage searched (if a car was deemed suspicious the driver could be forced to strip parts off of it to reveal what was behind them. If you did not have the mechanical know how you could hire a GDR mechanic to do it for you...for a fee of course. Never happened to us though and I don't know how frequent that was).

Subject: Re: Cold War British video for armed forces on traveling through East Germany

Written By: karen on 02/21/21 at 6:05 am

I thought this was great.

In the section about being in Berlin it shows the concern and slight paranoia the armed forces had around what the Russians might be up to.

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