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From 1956 to 1984, Detachment “A”, a clandestine unit of about 90 Green Berets based in Berlin Germany, were involved in some of the most sensitive operations of the Cold War. At that time Berlin was part of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), located behind the Iron Curtain.  They wore civilian clothes, spoke fluent German and stayed on high alert 24 hours a day.  For nearly 30 years during the Cold War, some of America’s most elite soldiers worked in secret. Their missions, always classified, are still largely unknown and absent from the history books.


Detachment "A" OPlan "Strangle"

Thumbnail Det(A) Berlin Special Forces 1956-1984

Gil Turcotte Detachment "A" Plaque Donation

DET"A" Clandestine Missions from Berlin to Iran

Detachment "A" DMOR Inductees

Detachment A: The Cold War Sabotage Experts of Special Forces

VFW Magazine Article

2017 After Action Report - Detachment "A" Function in Memory Of Jeff Raker

Berlin Special Forces