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Many of us experienced a unique part of history patrolling the East German & Czechoslovakian Borders during the Cold war. Share those stories here with those who served on the border.

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First memories of the boarder 69 Replies

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Border Patrol Equiptment...151 "Jeep" vs Hummer. Which was best? 25 Replies

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Mox nix 1 Reply

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Funniest Border Story 25 Replies

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Demarcation Line Marker 1 Reply

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Funny or Not So Funny Things That Happened At Border Camps 17 Replies

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Border Plaque, crossings, or just things you threw across the fence!!! 21 Replies

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2nd ACR History 25 Replies

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Comment by Dave Gettman on February 28, 2016 at 2:50pm

We (Sheridan guys) had the first main gun stabilization though. Probably about the only good thing that came out of the Sheridan.

Oh yeah, and the infra-red guidance system for the Sheridan's Shillelagh rocket that replaced the wire-guided stuff of the day. That was pretty cool and stuck around after the Sheridan went its way.

Comment by Dave Gettman on February 28, 2016 at 2:44pm

Yeah, and I thought the Sheridan was fast!

Comment by Joe Sellner on February 28, 2016 at 2:24pm
58 mph! Wow! You see that coming at you at that speed! No wonder the Iraqi's ran.
Comment by Joe Brindley on February 23, 2016 at 11:03pm

I did the A3 to M1 transition at Vilseck in 84 I believe. The 120 did not come in until the M1A1. The gun system and thermals were the biggest gunner upgrades. The rotary shocks on the suspension were a HUGE improvement. Then there was the speed :-). 58mph on the autobahn. And you can power slide 70 tons of steel. Just ask Sgt Brock. I did it coming back from Reed. Wahoo!

Comment by Edward (Gene) Beck on February 23, 2016 at 9:15pm

I still still say, "Heater? What Heater?????" I had one in the spring when we were given a nice replacement for a broken down Sheridan. Don't who stole it and didn't ever get replacement. And that the way it was in '75-79!

Comment by Dave Gettman on February 23, 2016 at 10:43am

Hey George, take a look at these pictures (click on the link). This is what is left of one of C Troops Sheridans after the heater, swapped out of an M113, caught on fire and ignited the ammunition. I was VERY close to it when it exploded!


Comment by George Martin on February 23, 2016 at 6:42am

Our M551's were fairly new,  but, the heaters were dowh on three out of five in out of five in our platoon. You just couldn't get them replaced. A hometown buddy who graduated with me work in supply in Crailsheim. He came to Amberg for Thanksgiving, with five boxed heaters from gamma goats. I had five broken heaters. At my apartment, my wife cooked dinner and we switch the bodys with new heaters then put the old bodies into the new housings, reboxed them, and back to Crailsheim. Priorities

Comment by Dave Gettman on February 22, 2016 at 9:08pm

That was the only way to survive it. It was still a helluva ride. I'll stick to driving. I loved that part!

Comment by Danny Wright on February 22, 2016 at 8:55pm
Not too bad if you pushed yourself all the way into the reticle and rode it back.
Comment by Dave Gettman on February 22, 2016 at 8:49pm

They were fun as hell to drive, but I wouldn't want to depend on one in combat.

HATED shootin' that damn big gun. You took a beating every time you pulled the trigger.


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This was the third design of the 2d Cavalry DUI, worn from 1924-1931. The sharp points on the ends of the bottom scroll again called for a redesign.


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