GERMANY: Berlin Beachhead

U.S. soldiers who fire guns, even for practice, in the Western Sector of Berlin have to be mighty careful, for Russian-held territory lies on every side. The only rifle range found suitable for U.S. troops is adjacent to popular, perennially crowded Wannsee Beach. One morning two weeks ago, as Major General Lemuel Mathewson's sharpshooters were at their daily target practice, a stray bullet nicked a seven-year-old girl building castles in the Wannsee sand. The child recovered nicely, but the general, to play safe, ordered the beach closed on weekday mornings thereafter.

It was as though New York's sweltering millions had been...

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