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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2017 10:10 p.m. PST

… to Strike Soviet Forces During The Cold War.

"Had the Cold War turned hot, there would have been no escape for the U.S. garrison in West Berlin. Marooned in a city more than 100 miles inside Communist East Germany, the U.S. Berlin Brigade—and the British and French garrisons as well—would certainly have been overwhelmed by Soviet and East German troops. Their presence helped keep half of Berlin free from Communist rule. But it was no secret that theirs was a suicide mission.

Yet there was a unique American unit with an even more hazardous mission: a small Special Forces detachment whose job it would during wartime to conduct guerrilla warfare against the Soviets and their puppet armies. That sentence bears repeating: Deep inside East Germany, in the midst of a vast Soviet military and secret police apparatus, a small group of U.S. commandos would attempt to blow up Russian supply depots and lead local resistance groups…"
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Mardaddy Inactive Member09 Dec 2017 10:19 p.m. PST

No different from Soviet cells that were to do the same in the West.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2017 11:11 p.m. PST

If you are to die, might as well die fighting. Remember the Alamo!


Tony S10 Dec 2017 11:56 a.m. PST

I seem to remember a novel that had some special forces cross into East Germany, for recce and laser painting juicy targets…can't recall the name.

Tgunner10 Dec 2017 1:30 p.m. PST

This would have made for a more interesting and realistic "Red Dawn" film. It could have followed a SF team led by SSG. Jed Eckert as they survive the assault on Berlin and escape into E. Germany…

LDC271 Inactive Member10 Dec 2017 4:42 p.m. PST

No different from Soviet cells that were to do the same in the West.

From ARRSEpedia's page on Spetznaz:

The rumour mill went in to overdrive in the 1980s: there were Spetznaz operatives watching you checking vehicles at the main gate, making notes of all the Ruperts you saluted, so they could log their plates and follow them home after work, before slotting them with a Ninja death stare – thus depriving the British Army of one less vital cog in the machine of command, or one less Flight Lieutenant to fly a Jaguar. All very paranoid it was. It might even have been all true!

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Legion 410 Dec 2017 4:52 p.m. PST

I had a couple of buddies who were stationed in Berlin. They said something about being the biggest POW camp in East Germany. Full of NATO troops !

Tired Mammal12 Dec 2017 5:44 a.m. PST

Hullo Russia Goodbye England by Derek Robinson refers to US pilot during the Cuban crisis sitting there on the runway with a mission to fly to Berlin with a nuclear bomb in the few minutes between 2 Nuclear Missile strikes in case they failed. Not a happy pilot. Of course the air force had no concern for the targets.
I know it is fiction but Robinson is extremely accurate on his history in all his other WW1 and WW2 books. This one3 certainly gives a feel for those mad (in both respects)years.

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