Major Retired Leslie “Les” Rutherford was a Warrant Officer ( later Officer Commanding) the Royal Engineers Diving Unit in Kiel Germany.
Les remembered well a visit by the guys from Det “A” Berlin to his unit at Kiel in the 80’s. They cross trained on each other’s Kit, worked and played hard.
The Royal Engineers worked on diving and U/W demolition training with Detachment”A” at Kiel in the 80’s . Detachment”A” members then went on to train with the German Navy ‘ Kampfschwimmer’ at Eckenförde.
The Royal Engineers Diving Unit were presented a plaque from Detachment”A” with a photo of the team which his old Boss Captain Tom Flower preserved.
This is Major Rutherford with Detachment”A”‘ a Dräger one-man decompression portable chamber.
WeAreTheMighty.com author Blake Stilwell published this article about Sid Shachnow.
For most people, surviving the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Europe would be the defining moment of their lives. Men like Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow aren’t most people. The Lithuanian-born Shachnow survived a forced labor camp and went on to join the U.S. Army, serve in Vietnam, and lead the Army Special Forces’ ultra-secret World War III would-be suicide mission in Berlin during the Cold War.