Berlin: On Again, Off Again

For once, everything was quiet around West Berlin. Soviet MIGs no longer buzzed through the air corridors; U.S. troop convoys rolled peacefully into the free city without the usual lengthy delays at the Communist checkpoints. Washington officials shrugged when asked to explain the lack of the usual Soviet harassment; there had been no secret deal between Dean Rusk and Andrei Gromyko at Geneva, they insisted, no hints of a softening of Kremlin policy. Perhaps, suggested the experts, Moscow was just pausing to catch its breath before the next round of trouble.

For one group of U.S. troops, the lull was...

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