My Favourite History Place: the Berlin Wall

Historian feature

By David Wilson, published 25th August 2022

The Berlin Wall

Military history enthusiast David Wilson writes about why the Berlin Wall is still such an important symbol and reminder.

I first visited Berlin in the mid 1980s when I was stationed in Germany as part of the British Army. It was an interesting place to go because until then the Cold War didn’t seem quite real. I visited Berlin for a weekend with some friends... Once I was there, all I kept wanting to do was go back and see the Wall – a real symbol of a war that otherwise seemed so far away. 

I watched the Wall come down on the news on TV like most people. After the excitement my next thought was, I want to go back and see it...

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