|Author: Carlo R.
Size: 214 pages, >400 hi-res color photos
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|After the end of WWII and the partition of Hitler’s Germany into zones of occupation, a large Soviet military force – the Western Group of Forces – was deployed in the Soviet sector. Even after the foundation of the communist-led German Democratic Republic (GDR), this Soviet force at the orders of Moscow acted independently from the local regular army. Hidden behind the Iron Curtain, this strong force kept direct control of many military facilities in what is today the northeastern part of Federal Germany.
Following the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989) and the collapse of the USSR (1991), most of these facilities were abandoned, leaving behind training grounds, entire airports, nuclear bunkers, missile launch pads and ghost towns – where more than 200’000 Soviet-then-Russian troops and their families had been living and operating for many years.
This book is the result of the search and exploration of mostly deserted places, to be found in extremely high density on the former territory of the GDR.
By means of hundreds of commented, good quality color pictures from former Soviet military installations, it retraces this forgotten chapter of recent German history.