Photo Gallery: Germany's Hairball Heroes
02/11/2011
Reflecting popular styles of the 1970s, Germany's Bundeswehr armed forces moved...
BUNDESWEHR/KRÄMER

Reflecting popular styles of the 1970s, Germany's Bundeswehr armed forces moved away from a strict tradition by allowing conscripts to eschew crew cuts and grow longer hair. During the peak of the Cold War, it was a controversial move that drew disparaging comments from Germany's NATO partners. The Bundeswehr was meant to be a deterrent force, but what message would these long-haired soldiers send to the Soviets and the Eastern bloc?