Nov 9th this year marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, itself a precursor to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. I was serving as part of an Artillery Regt in Germany at the time, and at the first opportunity jumped in my motor and drove into eastern Germany to get a glimpse of what it was we had been opposing for the previous 40-odd years. Stopped for a cup of coffee in a small village, whose name escapes me, just over the border. Nothing unusual happened, and people were going about there daily business as if the start of this huge geo-political/military shift had completely passed them by - which in truth it probably had. In all my years of service this, plus 9/11, are the two greatest events which I believe have had the greatest effect on our organisation, structures and doctrine.