International: Where's the Fire, Bud?

Through Berlin's U.S. sector, along the superhighway toward Potsdam, a limousine zoomed along at 65 m.p.h. (the U.S.-enforced speed limit is 20 m.p.h.). "It was going to beat hell," remarked an American MP later. A U.S. traffic patrol, consisting of a jeep and an armored car, promptly raced in pursuit. After a two-mile chase they overtook the limousine, leveled machine guns at it. Frantically the Russian driver pointed to the back seat and screamed: "Marshal! Marshal!"

A U.S. sergeant called for a lieutenant. The lieutenant called a colonel. The colonel recognized the limousine's passenger as Marshal Vasily Danilovich Sokolovsky, Soviet commander in...

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