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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Home Sweet Home

It didn't take long to settle into my new room*. All my belongings fitted into one large cardboard box and a rather hefty suitcase.

I'd been lucky with my room. I was only sharing with one other guy this time and we had an en-suite shower and toilet. Very posh I thought.

The barracks itself was quite interesting. It had belonged to the SS during the war and had been taken over by the Brits in 1945.

The buildings were suitably Teutonic in bearing and all had the deep cellars loved by the German people.

Apparently there had been a large tunnel complex under the barracks that had been used to avoid the bombers during the war.

During the latter stages of the war this had flooded. In 1945 four army divers were sent to investigate the flooded depths. Only one returned and he was gibbering wreck who was eventually consigned to a lunatic asylum.

Well that's what we were told.

* For those of you slightly confused - this all happened a long time ago. Shortly after I'd met the Girl With Red hair - and a long time before we got married.


Blogger Just Jane said...

Congratulations! I just saw that you won the award and it's so well deserved. Brilliant!

8:56 pm  
Blogger Katy Newton said...

Oh, now I understand! Doh.

PS I've never lived in Germany, but have been involved in court martial work. Hence my knowledge of British military bases in Germany. And also Colchester.

7:31 am  
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3:42 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Jane - Thank You - although I won with a ridiculously small number of votes!

Katy - and was that for the prosecution or the defence. I loved Germany and hope to get posted back there soon (mainly for the extra cash!)

3:55 pm  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

I'd love to see what the east of Germany looks like now that the wall is down.

4:30 pm  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Soldier, I just won! Congratulations :-)

4:32 pm  
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8:17 pm  
Blogger Katy Newton said...

That was defending - the APA handle all of the army's prosecution in-house, as it were.

Congratulations on the award, by the way! (Manners, Newton! *slap*)

8:30 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

FJL - yup very scary - especially the attics.

GG - it's changed very little - there is lots of unemployment there and quite a few bitter people.

Katy - and I'm sure you've run rings around them. The few occasions when I've been to Court Martials (as an escort for the accused I might add) when there has been civilian representation the case has never got beyond the prelims.

8:42 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

FJL - I've emailed you ref your second comment - hope this was just a misunderstanding. :)

6:43 am  
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7:26 am  

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