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30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

On 9 November 1989, the Berlin Wall was opened following a press conference by the government of the Deutsche Demokratishe Republik.

Thirty years is a long time. The wall separating East and West Berlin has now been down longer than it was up. Erected in 1961 by a communist government to keep East German citizens from fleeing to freedom in the west, the barrier soon spread to much of the frontier between the two formerly united countries. It came to symbolize the slavery that communism imposed on its citizens.

I was stationed in West Germany in 1988 through 1990 and saw the last gasps of the communist system before it finally collapsed.

It was an amazing experience to see the wall open and the joy of those oppressed people. Unfortunately, the lessons of the evils of communism has been lost in a single generation. History it seems, is always doomed to repeat itself.

US Army Europe – 1966

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

This is what field training exercises in West Germany looked like in the 60s and the 70s.

The Soviet Motorized Rifle Regiment

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

This British Army training film goes over the capabilities of the Soviet Motorized Rifle Regiment.

How To Fight Soviet Airmobile Operations

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Red Dawn

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

Today, we’re going to bleed some SolSys Instagram over to the website. 35 years ago this month, the movie Red Dawn was released in theaters. In anticipation, we saw this trailer all summer long.

What Americans Looked Like to Warsaw Pact Forces

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

Soldiers of the US Army, patrolling the German/Czech border.

Photos were taken by a Czech Pioneer Service Guard.

DDR Grenzaufklärer

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

If you ever patrolled the border trace of the Inter-German Border between East West during the Cold War, you invariably encountered the Grenzaufklärer, or Border Troops of the German Democratic Republic.

Forces TV – The Cold War Legend That Delivered Sausages To British Tank Crews

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Having served in Germany at the end of the Cold War, it’s always interesting to me, to hear these kinds of stories, even if they are from a different army.

The British Army of the Rhine consisting primarily of British I Corps and began duties as an occupation force but that quickly changed to a posture of defense in order to counter the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact forces. In this role, BAOR was lead force for NATO’s Northern Army Group and was equipped with nuclear weapons. The organization was changed slightly in 1993 and deactivated altogether in 1994.