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The border between East and West Germany was closed on 26th May 1953. On 13th August 1961 crude fences and walls were erected around West Berlin: the Berlin Wall had been created. The Wall encircled West Berlin for a distance of 155 km, and its barriers and surveillance systems evolved over the years into an advanced obstacle network. The Intra-German Border ran from the Baltic Sea to the Czechoslovak border for 1,381 km, and was where NATO forces faced the Warsaw Pact for the 45 years of the Cold War. This book examines the international situation that led to the establishment of the Berlin Wall and the IGB, and discusses how these barrier systems were operated, and finally fell.


Introduction * The origins of division * Chronology * The Intra-German Border * The Berlin Wall * Manning the Wall and the IGB * Testing the barriers * An assessment of the Wall and the IGB * The sites today * Further reading and research * Glossary and abbreviations * Index.

  • AUTHOR: Rottman, G
  • FORMAT: 64pp 35 Bw 27 col 248x184 Pb
  • Code: 23634

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