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Rubble buttresses had to be built to support some sections. Lookout and guard posts began to appear. Steel hedgehog anti-vehicle obstacles were emplaced on streets. Wooden towers began to appear every 1,000m with searchlights sweeping barbed wire, and broken glass was cemented atop the walls. Log and earth lookout bunkers were positioned between the towers. A car driven at speed could crash through these walls in many places, and some of them crumbled after heavy rain as there were no supporting foundations.

West Berliners who aided East Berliners to escape were arrested by the DDR forces when caught. Young men lending identity cards to East Berliners were charged and sentenced to five years' imprisonment for 'organizing the slave trade'. From 23 August 1961 West Berliners were restricted from visiting East Berlin, and the number of authorized crossing points was subsequently reduced to seven. Some East Berliners approved of the Wall, as they deeply resented the professional drain that was taking place.

Grenzbrigade Kuste) at Rostock near the Baltic Sea, sometimes incorrectly known as 'Frontier Command Coast'. The Coast Brigade was under the operational control of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) while the Grenzkommando had administrative control and support. Brigade personnel wore navy-style uniforms. Two frontier sectors manned by only a few hundred troops operated crossing stations on the western and southern borders: Grenzabschnitt Yolks Republik Polen 'Hermann Gartmann' at Frankfurt (Oder) and Grenzabschnitt Tschechoslowakei 'Walter Breidfeld' at Pirna.

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