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Border Patrol

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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Comment by Ron "Psycho" Franzen on November 21, 2022 at 7:36pm

Some more up close views of the border location I discussed and asked about below -

Comment by Thomas David “Tommy” Thompson on November 21, 2022 at 6:09pm

I found some slides from July-August 1963 when I did training with the 2nd AC. I accidentally loaded slide film in my camera.I was attached to the BGS because I spoke fluent German. I think these were taken on the border near Hof . The BGS patrolled tight along the fences, I think US had to stay further away, maybe 1 click.. The BGS were young guys (19-20) like me. Drank a lot of Bier, took me to parties. They knew the VOPO tower guards. Got kind of scary at times. I’m not sure how to load these photos.

I think this one is in East Berlin. They bussed us through Checkpoint  Charlie on a tour. 

Comment by Ron "Psycho" Franzen on November 21, 2022 at 5:01pm

Anyone remember this scene that looked like this on the left (as you pulled in) -

And looked like this on the right? -

I seem to remember there was some "border folklore" associated with this location.  Something along the lines of a lady who wanted to visit relatives/shop on the other side of the border ... border be damned ... so the commies installed all these tank traps/obstacles so she couldn't do what she wanted.  I don't want to massacre the story, so perhaps one of you who remembers the "border folklore" at this particular location could fill in the blanks more accurately than I.

Comment by Ron "Psycho" Franzen on November 21, 2022 at 4:25pm

Taken within the Reed sector circa late '85 or early '86.  50 - 75 meters from border.  Probably a KGB robochicken electronically surveilling us.

Comment by Sigmund Fertig on May 17, 2022 at 12:06pm

Memories of the order; A Patrol caught crossing into East Germany trying to take a shortcut and the General of Seventh Army having to come down and negotiate for their release. Probably 1959. Coburg or Cronach

Comment by Joe Sellner on January 4, 2019 at 6:22pm

I have some good pics of Gates. Got to dig out my box of photos and post some.

Have a good one of my crew and myself on our tank Red 8 in the QRS.

Comment by Dave Gettman on January 16, 2018 at 12:04pm

Seems like a lifetime ago Butch.....because it was. This was right about the time I arrived at Camp Gates in 1974.

Comment by Butch Page on January 16, 2018 at 11:51am

It's hard to believe that it's been 45 years ago when I first did my first Patrol on the border. I was only 18 years old, it was winter time and very cold. We had the old o p trailers. And at night it was jet black across the border. Except for an occasional Flair you didn't see much at night. That's right we didn't have a lot of modern night seeing devices. Just a Starlight scope, flares, and your eyeballs that adjusted to the dark. That was 45 years ago.

Comment by Sigmund Fertig on July 6, 2017 at 9:17am

Good morning all you Border Rats from Hemet, Ca. and yes it's been hot here this week, up in the triple digits and some humidity heading our way up from the gulf of Mexico, oh joy, not really, UGH !

Comment by Glenn Gutshall on February 1, 2017 at 8:19am

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