CZECHOSLOVAKIA: The Seven Hostages

Over a meadow and into Barnau, a small German town hard by the Czechoslovak border, jounced a U.S. Army weapons carrier one evening last week, bearing seven off-duty medics of the 186th Field Artillery Batallion. On the main street the truck halted, while Captain Jack M. Davis cautiously asked townspeople about the exact location of the border; he was anxious not to wander over it.

An hour later, after dusk and fog had settled in over Barnau, a West German border guard on routine patrol found the weapons carrier parked a bare six feet from the border. The G.I.s were...

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