Point Alpha in the Fulda Gap:
American Military Commitment at Freedom's Frontier - A History of Cold War, the Iron Curtain and the End of the Communist Regime in 1989

Tuesday, May 12
5:00 p.m.

Talk with reception to follow

The Marshall House
217 Edwards Ferry Road
GCMIC welcomes Volker Bausch, Director at Point Alpha Foundation. Volker Bausch has been the director at Point Alpha Foundation and Point Alpha Academy since 2011. "Observation Post Alpha" was one of the American Border Observation posts along the inner-German border. OP Alpha, the only remaining one, was situated in the "Fulda Gap," the strategic region in which a Soviet attack was expected at any time during the Cold War, because of its proximity to the Rhein-Main Region. At OP Alpha, troopers of the 14th and 11th ACR were on duty at "Freedom's Frontier" for several decades. Bausch's talk will take the audience through the history of this unique place and its development from a hot spot in the Cold War to a learning site of history. It highlights the strategic situation in the Fulda Gap, the character of the communist regime in the border district of a rural area, and describes the overthrow of the regime in 1989, as well as the German re-unification of 1990.

No charge for this event. Space is limited. RSVP is required or (703) 777-1301.

is available at The Shops at Dodona Manor at 312 E. Market Street, or Loudoun County Government Parking Garage.  No parking access from Edwards Ferry Road.  


This event is part of the GCMIC International Speaker Series, in partnership with the American Council on Germany, Transatlantic Outreach Program, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, and George Mason University

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