From the Guestbook

Henry Keßler
Hallo Zusammen, suche Grenzer aus der Zeit die mit mir die Grenze "bewacht" haben. Z.B. Ede aus Niesky
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Schön, dass Geschichte so lebendig ist hier. Ich bin ein West-Kind gewesen mit Ost-Verwandschaft und hatte immer Sehnsucht nach Osten. Mit Tabus und Unwahrheiten meiner Eltern über die sog. Zone, wusste ich trotzdem immer, mir ein eigenes Bild zu machen. Es ist und war für mich immer ein Land, nu...
Monday, 03 December 2018
  • DresdnerEK89 & Claus Schneider 2017

Grenztruppen in der DDR


 This is a private website about my service as a soldier in the GDR Border Troops.

I first started this site in August 2010.The page „Grenzzeit” (In English, „Border Duty”) is intended for Kameraden of the Border Troops,
our civilian employees, and our families – all of us who spent time together on the border.
FSt Vacha1

On my website, I hope to provide a view into the everyday life of my fellow soldiers in the Border Troops on the dividing line between East and West Germany. Here you’ll find pictures from private sources, texts, and information about our service on die Grüne Grenze (In English, „The Green Border“) from veterans who served there.

I’ve also put together a chronology of Border Command South, specifically the First Border Regiment. We were deployed in the Eisenach area along the old border between Pfaffschwende (1st Border Company) to Berka/Werra (14th Border Company).

If you have stories or memories to share, I’ll add them so others can read and learn about life on the border. Have a look around, and if you’re so inclined, leave a note in my guest book. I’d love to hear from you!

Yours sincerely,

Thomas Milke

Neither am I attempting to glorify the GDR nor, under any circumstances, that border. At the same time I hope to show the reality of our lives, as opposed to Cold War stereotypes. I’m confident in my past as I draw on the stories and experiences of life in the GDR and even from my own service on the border. In any event, it’s better to look forward than grasp the conflicts and mistakes of our past. Every society has its light and dark sides and we each define freedom in our own way.

18 Months

The basic weir service (GWD) by the protection of the state border of the GDR to the FRG

At the age between 18 and 27 years they were drawn to the "honourary service", to the state border of the GDR to Berlin (west) or green border (FRG).


My 1096 Days

Conscription to the border troops of the GDR

At the age of 18 years I was drawn on Nov. 04th 1986 to the border troops of the GDR. Not due to conviction, but in hope to get a residential permit lateron. Therefore I decided on 3 years to the service with the weapon. 


36 Months

As a noncommissioned officer on time (official abbreviation: UaZ)

if a conscript who did a three-year-old military service as a noncommissioned officer instead of the one and a half-year-old basic weir service was called in the border troops of the GDR.