Autobahn Travel

Qne of the most significant geographic features of Berlin is its location 110 miles inside Eastern Ger many. Personnel driving from Berlin to the Federal Republic must contend with traffic, plan for ap proximately three hours of actual driving time and process through four required checkpoints, before they reach the West German border. The only authorized route for POV travelers wishing to leave the city is the Berlin-Helmstedt Autobahn. With the beginning of summer, a not able increase in the volume of auto-bahn traffic is expected. To avoid unnecessary difficulties and delay during travel, the attention of all personnel is invited to the following information. Motorists are urged to check their automobiles thoroughly before starting their trip. Lights, windshield wipers, speedometer and safety features must be in good working order. Each vehicle must also have a ser- viceable set of tires and tire changing tools and a full tank of gas. The administrative processing procedures are precise but not difficult to follow. Before departing the unit area, the traveler should become familiar with the provisions of USAREUR Regulation 550-180. All unit commanders should ensure that this information is available and disseminated on a scheduled basis. The first required stop is Allied Check point Bravo, located approximately 2.5 miles outside of Berlin on the East Gerrnan border. Several signs announce the traveler's approach to Allied Checkpoint Bravo and the checkpoint building itself is a well marked one-story structure with flags of the three Allied nations flying above it. All travelers must be especially watchful for these markings, particularly at night. At the checkpoint the motorist will present his flag orders and his authorization for travel for himself and his dependents, his ID card or passport, and his vehicle registration. When it has been established that his automobile is in good mechanical condition and he has the proper equipment and documentation, the traveler will receive a thorough briefing from an experienced Military Policeman. His instructions will concern the correct route of travel to Helmstedt and processing procedures at the Soviet checkpoints. Each motorist should make every effort to study the map and pose any questions regarding his journey before leaving the checkpoint area. He should refer to his map whenever he is in doubt during the trip. When he departs Checkpoint Bravo, the careful traveler should be well-equipped for all contingencies which may arise en route


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