WEST BERLIN — Two East German border guards bolted from their watchtower and scaled the Berlin Wall into the West, then went to a nearby tavern where patrons treated them to beers to celebrate their escape, police said Monday.
The two guards made their escape at a sparsely guarded area of the wall, between Gross-Ziethen, an East Berlin suburb, and West Berlin's Neukoelln district at about 7 p.m., a West Berlin police spokesman, Axel Pettner, said.
They told police that no one saw them as one guard boosted the other up on his shoulders to reach the top of the 13-foot wall. The soldier on top then pulled the second man up behind him, Pettner said.
They threw their weapons back over the wall and walked to the West Berlin tavern to announce the escape, Pettner said.