Doughboy City / Parks Range (urban warfare simulation)

In the 1950s, U.S. Berlin Command created a special training area called PARKS RANGE. For many years, the U.S. Army practiced urban warfare at Parks Range. Typically, the goal was to capture a little village on the opposite end of the compound. Over time, this mock village took on three different versions: At first, it was called "Moba City". Except of a few buildings made of bricks , it was a simple wooden construction. The colored front looked very realistic but its back was wide open, like a Hollywood movie set. On the ground fox holes & fighting emplacements had been dug. There, one could find cartridge cases from M1 Garand rifles and Browning .30 cal machine guns. Here the Berlin Brigade constantly practised Combat in Cities. During work days Berliners would often see U.S. infantrymen marching from McNair Barracks to Parks Range, often escorted by tanks and long military convoys.
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