ACROSS THE BARBED WIRE
by JAMES POCOCK (Author)
Across the Barbed Wire is a story about an East German family living in Berlin in
the early 1960's. Their desire for freedom for themselves and their two young
children brought them to a village in the beautiful countryside along the
border between Hessen and Thueringe, Germany. In Hessen there was laughter, modern apartment houses, plenty of food in the markets, and shops filled with
goods of all kinds for any one to purchase. In Thueringen, on the other side of
the border, was fear, hunger, decaying grey buildings, the remains of bombed out
buildings, buildings with bullet holes from the war still in them. There were shortages
for the basic needs of the people such as clothing, building materials,
automobiles, TV's and Radio's.
But the Border between these two German States was much more
then just a State Border. It was an International Border that was called the
Iron Curtain and all of its ramifications were about to fall onto this young
family struggling for freedom.
This book is a must read for all freedom loving people,
military people who have served to keep this nation free, soldiers who served in
Europe during the Cold War and most of all those who served with the
US Cavalry Regiments that patrolled the Iron Curtain.
Here is how to order your signed copy or a copy of this Across
the Barbed Wire.
Thanks for the plug about my book, Across the Barbed Wire. However, I don't
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Below is a photograph of the 1st Platoon C Co. 14th Armored
Cavalry Regiment circa 1959
Lt. James Pocock was our Platoon Leader and our Regimental Le
Clerc Rifle Team Leader.
Lt. Pocock was well qualified to write this book due to his
experiences serving as a Border Officer in a Line Company on the Iron Curtain
Reviews of "Across the barbed wire" by James Pocock
Dear Gen. Pocock,
I have just concluded reading your novel recommended by Jim Decker, and
although I was initially disappointed with the story passing through Fulda so
quickly, I was engrossed with the stories of the characters you developed. I
read a lot of novels, but I will confess your Epilogue came as a surprise.
Although, I figured out that Dieter (I removed a few words from this review
so it would not reveal any information) when he did, it became a
beautifully touching two tissue ending.
Thank you for having the talent to write it, and the perseverance to dig out
all the historical facts to make it believable. Thank you too for reminding
me of the small role I was able to play along the border. It could have been
on one of my patrols that Gisela, Walter, Anna and Dieter attempted their
escape even though the Berlin Wall hadn't appeared yet. I am very grateful for
your helping me remember the 14th Armored Cav. Garry Owen!!
As a side note, I live in Virginia, less than hour from Arlington National
Cemetery. A few years ago, my sister's husband passed suddenly and she made
the arrangements for his ashes to be placed in the relatively new columbarium
at Arlington (Chuck had been a Marine for 3 years in the mid 50s). I was so
moved by his abbreviated ceremony, that it became my intension to have my
ashes placed in that wall also. My two years in Fulda gave me the right to be
there, and your book has now reaffirmed the importance and value of my role
during the Cold War. Thank you again.
All the best to you,
(Sp-5, HQ Plat, C Troop, 14th AC, 1-1959 to 12-1960)
Dear MG Pocock
Thank you for writing this book. I am very proud to have a signed copy of it. It
was well worth the small amount that it cost. I can't explain how I felt as I
began to read about Walter and Gisela Hurwitz. Your description of the life that
the Hurwitz had to live in the DDR and what chance they had for change was right
on target. You brought to life the courage that they had to summons in crossing
the Iron Curtain in the middle of the night. The hair on the back of my neck
stood up as they struggled to reach the plowed 10 meter strip and the fence.
Your depiction of the actions of the C Troop Border Patrolmen that were on duty
that night made me want to get in there and help them. It makes me feel proud
that you used our old Troop in your story.
I felt very close to this story having served with you in the 1st Platoon of C
Troop. I have also been in the automobile export business for over 20 years with
most of my customers in Germany. Many of my customers are in the old east zone.
It gives me a good feeling to know that we did something way back when so that
they could have the freedoms that the Hurwitz family was willing to sacrifice
their lives for. I have made many trips back to Germany and have travel several
times in east Germany. We made a difference and your book brings it to life.
Jim Decker C Troop 1-14 ACR 1958-60
Following is an email from Oliver Dunham to General James Pocock
I am Oliver Dunham. We met in San
Antonio. You may remember me. I did the photo slide presentation.
I was a 14th ACR trooper from July 1957-
through December 1958. Initially, I was in Hq & Hq Co thru May '58, then I
transferred to Co. B.
Would you please send me a autographed copy
of your book, Across the Barbed Wire for $20.00 plus shipping? Would a
check be acceptable?
Marlene and I plan on being at the reunion
in Elizabethtown, May 13-17, if you want to hold up on shipping, I can get the
book from you then.
As a side note: my son, Oliver Jr., is a
Marine who was in Stuttgart, Germany for three years. Marlene and I went for
visits in May 2008 and May/June 2009. Each trip we made visits to Fulda, and
in 2009, we also took in OP Alpha and Berlin wherein we got to revisit a lot
of those experiences I had from 50 years earlier. The return visits were
especially powerful to me, because I have a much better understanding of why
we were there in the 1950's and the history of events since then.
I am looking forward to reading your book.
Jim. I have had a copy of James Pocock book Across The Barbed
Wire for a long time. I knew him well. We had a great bunch of young Officer,s
during my 4 years in the 14th A/C I happen to be a history major. I have in my
home about 350 books on History. Some of it came from my dad collections, as
he was and old horse soldier, I was born in Fort Brown, in Brownville Texas.
Keep up the good work.
I purchase my copy of James
Pocock's book when I met him at Fort Lewis, Ky. That must have been back in
04. I had him autograph it and when I returned home, read the book and could
not put it down. It was almost real to me. It brought back to light many of
the things that I remembered for my tour in Fulda. I really loved the ending.
In 05 when I attended the reunion in Fulda I purchased another copy for a German
friend of mine living near Berlin. She and her husband both read it and enjoy
it. In conversation with General Pocock I encourage him to write another book
but I am not sure if he is. Since 05 I have not attended another 14th Cav
reunion concentrating more on the reunions of the 501st. Take care, always
enjoy looking at you web page.
Richard Garcia 501st Armored Medical Company
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