great to have you back, especially with your first hand knowledge of those times. Also a good job that the 30 years rule applies to much of what you and Tony have said ! Not that it was not already published in 'Janes Weekly' back then anyway, but you know well enough how stupidly things can be interpreted. My first time on the other side was in about 85-86, I went through CC as a civi and was picked up by a member of Dixy and did a tour of the enemy's lines. It's pure coincidence that I now live in the area we toured back then. Although the old B5 road is now a duel carriageway, with motorway status, the old Russian Bks. (originally Kaisers Bks., then Hitlers Bks., later DDR Bks. around the Olympic Village) are still standing, though not for much longer as a holiday park will soon be built there.
Arnie, perhaps you can recall the name of the Bks. that Tony was looking for on the bank of the canal ?
Tony, the pub is now called the 'Steff' short for 'Ständige-Vertretung' a real 'in dive' for all want to be politicians and their arse creepers. What it was called in 67 I don't know.
If, when you came down the steps, having crossed the canal, had you gone straight on, along Albrecht Strasse, about 200 yards, you would have seen one of the ugliest bunkers ever built. (Corner of Schumann Strasse/Reinhard Strasse, it's still there !) It played a major role in diverting the Russians down Marien Strasse, during their advance on the Reichstag (they couldn't continue along the canal as the Reichstag appeared into view and was very well defended); house to house fighting of the meanest calibre !! Even when I got here in 96 this area had not been restored at all, it looked like the war had just finished, gruesome! Although now fully restored into fine town houses, there are one or two points where impact marks can still be seen on: a steel plate covering a cellar window and then on the old railway bridge just before the Kronprinz Brücke. Anyone understanding anything about a firefight will go cold when they see it, it must have been HELL !
27, (no point in talking to two Tony's),
I agree 100%, as long as guilt is proven ! We have recently had a case of a chemist who watered down drugs to treat cancer patients, so that many hundreds of people suffered and died because their treatment COULD NOT work. There is no question whatsoever of his personal guilt. He was in any event a very rich person, having inherited a 3rd generation, well running, chemists business, and so had no need to make further millions. I think he should be executed and it would not itch me one bit if it was done in public as an example to other murdering scum.
There are millions of good HONEST hard working people suffering because of the economic situation and I object to one single penny of my taxes going to keep this creature alive. If the lilly livered out there want to cover the cost of his continued life, about 100,000 per year, then let them pay for it, but don't forget there are many hundreds of such scumbags and the real cost is many, many millions, every year !
I should much prefer that HONEST medical staff can afford to treat those who have built our society, that schools and HONEST teachers be given the tools to do their job properly and that HONEST police, SERVING THE PUBLIC INTEREST should be paid their worth. Of course this all depends upon HONEST politicians doing their job properly ... now I'm going to puke !
So, bugger history, what are your opinions on the current state of affairs ? After all what happened yesterday will affect tomorrow ...