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Posted: 2/9/2006 12:38:47 PM EDT
I was going thru some old photos and found this one from a school trip to Germany. My brother snapped this one shortly after we cleared the E. German counterpart to Checkpoint Charlie. Too bad I didn't have a 5MP digital camera back then so I could have taken a clearer picture.

Link Posted: 2/9/2006 1:18:34 PM EDT
Great pic, thats for sharing!
Link Posted: 2/9/2006 1:34:36 PM EDT
I agree, thanks for sharing that, it's really appreciated!
Link Posted: 2/9/2006 2:25:54 PM EDT
ah yes......the days of cheap Zeis stuff...in Karl Marx Platz, at least....
Link Posted: 2/9/2006 2:47:43 PM EDT
What's in the green can?
Link Posted: 2/9/2006 4:52:25 PM EDT
Too cool! That rocks.
Link Posted: 2/9/2006 5:11:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Pave:
ah yes......the days of cheap Zeis stuff...in Karl Marx Platz, at least....



Inexpensive Haenel air rifles, also!
Link Posted: 2/9/2006 6:47:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/9/2006 6:52:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thedoctors308:
What's in the green can?



Zyklon B
Link Posted: 2/9/2006 6:54:37 PM EDT
I have lots of good East Berlin pics from 1988-era. I haven't scanned any of them though. Would anyone be interested?
Link Posted: 2/9/2006 6:55:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By modog:
I have lots of good East Berlin pics from 1988-era. I haven't scanned any of them though. Would anyone be interested?



Yes. Scan them when you find the time. I'd love to see them.
Link Posted: 2/9/2006 7:15:50 PM EDT
I'd like to see any additional pictures, thanks for sharing the above one.
Link Posted: 2/9/2006 9:43:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Galland:
[Yes. Scan them when you find the time. I'd love to see them.



+1 and tag
Link Posted: 2/9/2006 11:13:14 PM EDT
Looks like it was shift change!!!!

I have always wondered how much of a fight these losers would have put up against NATO-knowing that they were merely cannon fodder and a buffer for Russia??? They were basically a slave army. Also Poland, Bulgaria Hungary, Romania, etc.
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 5:00:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pieceofstink:
Looks like it was shift change!!!!

I have always wondered how much of a fight these losers would have put up against NATO-knowing that they were merely cannon fodder and a buffer for Russia??? They were basically a slave army. Also Poland, Bulgaria Hungary, Romania, etc.



My dad used to work with a guy who was from Hungary. From what he told my dad the general consensus (at least among the enlisted) was that they weren't really keen on getting killed for the USSR if the ComBoc & NATO went at it. They planned on dragging their feet & otherwise staying out of the way if possible (no love lost for the Russians).
There was a reason why the USSR had large #s of troops stationed in the other Warsaw pact countries, they didn't trust them. Remember that there were uprisings in both Hungary & Czechoslavakia that resulting in Soviet troops being called in. One of the first thing Poland & the others did post the collapse of communism is ask to join NATO.
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 5:16:03 AM EDT

They're either going on or coming off a guard shift. I'll bet there's coffee in the can.

Link Posted: 2/10/2006 5:21:17 AM EDT
Thanks for the photo.

Ah yes.... the good-old-days, when we knew who the enemy was and pop-metal ruled!

And the movie GOTCHA! was everybody's favorite summer treat!

Link Posted: 2/10/2006 5:42:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Galland:

Originally Posted By modog:
I have lots of good East Berlin pics from 1988-era. I haven't scanned any of them though. Would anyone be interested?



Yes. Scan them when you find the time. I'd love to see them.



+1
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 5:51:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By C-4:

Originally Posted By thedoctors308:
What's in the green can?



Zyklon B



Link Posted: 2/10/2006 6:03:53 AM EDT
AH, yes, the "Ost".

Volkspolizei (Vopo).

I went through there in '68, I think it was, while living in Wiesbaden as an AF Brat.
I have some slides from Checkpoint Charlie, including me in the tower, scoping out the Vopo tower on the other side.
I can tell you Charlie, East Berlin, and travelling through the Eastern Sector on the Flag Train
to and from Berlin was pretty heavy duty stuff for a 12 yr old.

DaddyDett
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 8:10:24 AM EDT
That very well may be lunch in that cannister, but "officially"??? It's a DRAGER gas mask cannister.



It's funny, even though it's the year you mention they are carrying 7.62's and not 5.45's.
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 12:54:46 PM EDT
OT- Anybody want to buy the East German Model train gauge stuff? I bought it but only because I had to blow the EGM............
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 12:59:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By boltmaster:

Originally Posted By Pave:
ah yes......the days of cheap Zeis stuff...in Karl Marx Platz, at least....



Inexpensive Haenel air rifles, also!



Ha! I have a Haenel 303 that I still use. Great little air rifle, and cost next to nothing.
Link Posted: 2/10/2006 2:11:56 PM EDT
Ahhh yes the DDR. I just arrived in Germany as a young 18 year old Army Private in the summer of 1985. My wife who was my girlfriend at the time had next door neighbors who came over to the West when the Wall fell. They gave me these East German coins as souvenirs. I still have a brand-new East German Army helmet somewhere down stairs.

Link Posted: 2/10/2006 2:20:50 PM EDT
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