Sunday, November 9, 2014
I've been saving these photos for today. For those unaware, today is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. After the war, Germany was divided into four major zones of occupation. Soviet, French, British, and American. Berlin, Germany's capitol, while within the Soviet zone, was also divided among the four powers. Until 1949, the zones were ruled by military governors. From 1949 until 1955, civilian High Commissioners.
Take a look at the soldier's shoulder patch, (I needed a magnifying glass, you might have to click on the image for a bigger window.) to see the word, "Berlin." Until 1961, U.S. troops in the capitol were known as the Berlin Brigade, after 1961, when construction of the wall began, U.S. Army, Berlin. American troops left Berlin in 1994, after Soviet troops left East Germany. I looked up the insignias, and they're almost identical. I'm fairly certain, that our soldier is Berlin Brigade, although I'm basing that on the women's clothing.
Now for the fun part. When the occupation began, it was decided that fraternization between occupying troops and German civilians would not be permitted. That policy lasted less than a year. Basically, it was unenforceable. Single men, single women, the inevitable happened. Go to my Fair Use blog-www.fairuse-wjy.blogspot.com-to see a U.S. Army anti-fraternization poster.