ARMED FORCES: Forces on the Ground

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From a pine-covered knoll near Hof (pop. 60,000) in central Germany, five G.I.s of Bravo Company. 2nd U.S. Armored Cavalry, last week stood watchful guard on a section of the Iron Curtain. Staff Sergeant William S. Nolen Jr.. 21. of Mt. Holly. N.C.. in charge of this pinpoint on 500 miles of West German frontier, had his .30-cal. machine guns dug in. his field telephone ready at hand. Beyond the barbed wire and strip of plowed land that marked the border lay the peaceful green hills of East Germany's Thuringia—and as...

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