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Cold War Photos.

Brotherton Lad

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Back on topic. Some proper train-spotting in the DDR:
 

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Themanwho

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lert

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Back on topic. Some proper train-spotting in the DDR:
Can I assume that the Jetta (?) in the TL image is a car from the West? What was the form for Westies visiting the East?
 

Brotherton Lad

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Can I assume that the Jetta (?) in the TL image is a car from the West? What was the form for Westies visiting the East?

It's a Wessie car from Hannover. They could cross the border at checkpoints to visit relatives, bringing useful gifts and clothes. I'd guess that one crossed at Helmstedt. There was a civilian lane controlled by the DDR authorities and a military lane for the likes of us controlled by the Soviets. I went through to Helmstedt just the once on duty in order to use the 'scrambler' telephone because we'd seen something that I thought needed reporting to Berlin asp. I went through perhaps half a dozen times in civvies with my family.
 

Brotherton Lad

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A few bits of kit to keep you on your toes:
 

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Didn't we have to change our Exercise names a few years ago after someone had to tell a soldier's parents he died on ex PURPLE SPUNK or some such?
Juno Beach was originally codenamed Jelly Beach until a Canadian General kicked off
You want me to say your son died on Jelly beach?
 
Many a recruit wearing those would have been near the point of combustion when being bounced around the square in quick time, particularly when marking time.
Years after they stopped issuing them, I rented mine out for the guys on 'Extras' (the ones you always got before a mess function) to work at the Sgts Mess
 
A few bits of kit to keep you on your toes:

It's been a while but I go for:

Top Left - ACRV M-1979 (2)
Top Right - ACRV M-1974 (1)
Bottom Left - 2S3 sp 152mm and Zil-131 truck
Bottom Right - East German IMR
 
Barrack dress trousers? one of the worst abominations ever forced upon the British soldier.

Seconded....

...but beloved of shiny arsed desk drivers...
 

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