2 - Operation "Wall of China"



French soldiers scrutinise the border



Taking advantage of the S-Bahn’s special status, in October 1961 the East German People’s Police occupied the reservoir at Gesundbrunnen station, in the French sector; they painted the initials DDR (GDR) on it. The French general Lacomme immediately sent in the gendarmes and chasseurs who surrounded the station. After several days of tension, the affair ended with a compromise settlement: East Germany agreed to delete one " D " to make the " DR " look like the traditional initials of the German railway company, the Deutsche Reichsbahn.