East-West: Beware the Love-Sick Tank

Beware the Love-Sick Tank

On the day East and West officially proclaimed the end of the cold war at the Paris summit last week, the once unthinkable happened: a Soviet armored vehicle roared across what used to be the Iron Curtain smack into downtown Berlin. Following an argument with his girlfriend, a 20-year-old Soviet soldier from a base in Elstal, west of Berlin, had decided to cool off by taking his ACRV M-1974 artillery-command and reconnaissance vehicle for a spin. About 16 miles down the road, he rumbled into what was formerly West Berlin and headed down the fashionable Kurfurstendamm, hitting several cars -- though...

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