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 Post Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:52 am 
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Watch this three episode documentary film on I-Player, it is absolutely magnificent viewing, highly moving and emotional. The terror, fear, deprivation and desperation of a city's population in April and May 1945 as the war neared a close. Enthralling viewing.

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 Post Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:28 pm 
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Watch this three episode documentary film on I-Player, it is absolutely magnificent viewing, highly moving and emotional. The terror, fear, deprivation and desperation of a city's population in April and May 1945 as the war neared a close. Enthralling viewing.


Couldn't agree more, outstanding series. I was in Berlin i the early eighties, until I went into China the most amazing place I had ever been to. Still the most atmospheric, and at the time sinister, but what a place for a young man ( at the time) to go into, talk about wide-eyed and innocent !

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Yes, suiging, Berlin is a fascinating city indeed. I first visited it in 1973 and had a bus trip across Checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin. It was like being in another world over there in the old DDR, people suspicious of strangers, expecting the Stasi to be on every street corner but still engaging in conversation with tourists and one asked me to buy my Levi jeans off me, there and then and also asked me if I had any Jimi Hendrix records..we were accompanied by UK BAOR military personnel for most of our walkabout and told to be very careful with whom we spoke to and whom we met. On the way back through the barrier at Checkpoint Charlie the Vopos ( East German Police) had one man outside counting heads and passports and another who came inside our bus and did the same. They never agreed on the exact numbers despite being shown a list of names and numbers, they did this to delay us and show us that they were in charge and we had to sit quietly and shut up until they were satisfied with the head and passport counts. It took over an hour to get through and I nearly missed my flight out to Hannover because of that. I have been back a few time since and despite it being bigger and more commercial than ever after reunification, it is a city not to miss out visiting on your bucket list.

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Yes, suiging, Berlin is a fascinating city indeed. I first visited it in 1973 and had a bus trip across Checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin. It was like being in another world over there in the old DDR, people suspicious of strangers, expecting the Stasi to be on every street corner but still engaging in conversation with tourists and one asked me to buy my Levi jeans off me, there and then and also asked me if I had any Jimi Hendrix records..we were accompanied by UK BAOR military personnel for most of our walkabout and told to be very careful with whom we spoke to and whom we met. On the way back through the barrier at Checkpoint Charlie the Vopos ( East German Police) had one man outside counting heads and passports and another who came inside our bus and did the same. They never agreed on the exact numbers despite being shown a list of names and numbers, they did this to delay us and show us that they were in charge and we had to sit quietly and shut up until they were satisfied with the head and passport counts. It took over an hour to get through and I nearly missed my flight out to Hannover because of that. I have been back a few time since and despite it being bigger and more commercial than ever after reunification, it is a city not to miss out visiting on your bucket list.


Being in the military at the time, I went over the other side in full uniform. We were told that if a Russian stopped our vehicle that was fine, however, if an East German Policeman stepped into the road, we were to ignore him and run him over if necessary. The Russians used to push the poor bugger into the road in front of us. The trip to the city on the military train, was always eventful. Soviet attack helicopters would buzz you as you went over the raised embankments. You could see the pilots smiling as they tipped their noses at the windows displaying their armed missiles. We also used to do the run up the autobahn in imported Australian Fords with huge petrol tanks and tuned engines. We would chase the Russ and they would chase us. Heady days.

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The historical book: "Berlin: The Downfall 1945." by Antony Beevor is a great read too.

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