A friend from Germany wrote to me that a town in her area almost fell into the Soviet's hands, but they "re-drew" the border line.
It makes me curious... how were the borders of the occupation zones drawn? I've read a couple of Wikipedia articles, particularly this one about the East-West border, which is of course the most interesting.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_of_t...
The articles give an overview of how the border was drawn, saying that it broadly followed the old pre-1871 borders:It envisaged a line of control along the borders of the old states or provinces of Mecklenburg, Saxony, Anhalt and Thuringia, which had ceased to exist as separate entities when the Prussians unified Germany in 1871; minor adjustments were made for practical reasons.
I'm particularly interested in the last part, about the adjustments that were made for practical reasons. How was that process accomplished? Was there a border commission? Were there disagreements about the specific route of the border in local areas?
The border probably had no special significance from 1871 through 1945, so there were probably lots of local areas (towns, buildings, and facilities) which had been developed straddling the old border. Were the inter-zonal borders redrawn to accommodate these areas?
In fact, even in 1945 the inter-zonal borders were envisioned as temporary, so there probably was not much reason to accommodate these particularities (although of course the East-West border later became much more significant). So why were the adjustments needed?