The military alphabet
During a tour of the Wall, Mr. Cramer was told by an old man where the name 'Checkpoint Charlie' comes from: “It’s derived from the U.S. military alphabet. Just as we say ‘A as Anton’ and 'B as Berta’, they say ‘A as Alpha,’ ‘B – Bravo,’ ’ C – Charlie.’ And Point Alpha was just the first - the most westerly - checkpoint. Then there was checkpoint Bravo, the Bravo in ‘Unter den Linden.’ Checkpoint Bravo is also a part of the exhibit today in the Watchtower Museum. Checkpoint Charlie was just another one.” According to the man, there used to be listening devices hidden in the trees at Checkpoint Charlie. You had to be very careful what you said and make sure you weren’t speaking about running away.