German-American Volksmarch Commemorative Plates from the 1970s/1980s

As I have reached the age of downsizing, I take more frequent trips down to the basement. We have been in one location for the past 27 years, but I swear, some of the current basement finds must have sneaked in at night. I have no idea how they ended up here.

Yes, the reference Hambach (in green) to my hometown village is clear.

Spvgg stands for Sportvereinigung (game association)

Before these plates move on, I want to share these period pieces with you.

German-American Volksmarch 1978
German-American Volksmarch 1979
German-American Volksmarch 1980

Maasholm, a Fishing Village on the German Baltic Sea

The second week of our summer holidays, we spent in Maasholm, a small fishing village on the German side of the Baltic Sea. We had been here once before in 2014, and enjoyed what it had to offer: quaint accommodations, a supermarket, some restaurants, many walk ways, and plenty of rest in our comfortable renovated farm house on Main Street.

We drove for about 2 1/2 hours from Sydals, Denmark, to Maasholm. In the evening, we took a stroll around the coast as usual.

An upcycled fishing boat makes for a nice place to sit, especially out of the cold wind in the evening.

Maasholm on the shore
Maasholm Port with rainbow

Tüünlüüd, this street name gets me every time. Four ‘U’s with Umlaut!


Eating well is another reason for spending time at the coast.

This is our vacation rental on Maasholm Main Street. Despite its location on main street, there is hardly any traffic noise, and off season, there are only few people to wander around as well. That’s me sitting on the bench.

As usual, my favorite spot is the one hidden away. This is for my quiet time.

Passing Former Ledward Barracks in August 2022

While attending my brother’s wedding in Werneck in early August, we also drove by Ledward Barracks as usual.

These are some random photos taken from the passenger side driving down Niederwerrner Straße.

This type of free-standing cylindrical advertising column, referred to as Litfaßsäule, was named after its inventor, Ernst Litfaß. More about that on wiki. I wonder when we will see the last of them…

This is the new Hochschul-Campus in Schweinfurt.

Former Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt, August 2022
Main Gate Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt

And last, but not least, if you keep driving down this road, you will see the Biergarten & Restaurant Alte Warte on your right. It is a good place to stop on a warm summer evening.

I had a Paprikaschnitzel (bell pepper Schnitzel). In former times, while you might have been stationed here, this was known as a Zigeunerschnitzel (gypsy Schnitzel). In times of political correctness, a few dishes had to be renamed as well.

Paprikaschnitzel at Alte Warte, Schweinfurt

Happy New Year from Oberursel, Germany

As it is such a mild Silvester Day (New Year’s Eve), we might spend some of the evening on the balcony. Our daytime temperature was 14°C.

I took a stroll through the nearby forest earlier, and heard crane formations (or wild geese) heading for warmer climate. Usually, this only happens in October.

There won’t be much partying tonight as our daughter has to catch an early flight to Washington, D.C. tomorrow morning. Something good will come out of this – my family will be spared from watching me dance to Abba at 2:30am. 🙂

Oberursel forest 31 Dec 2021

Happy New Year to all my friends, contacts, and readers, out there!

Schweinfurt Military Barracks During World War II

This postcard was sent by a Mr. Bichlmaier to a vicar in Schwäbisch Gmünd on 5 April 1942. This might be a view from the present day Franz-Schubert-Strasse onto the future Ledward Barracks.

Schweinfurt Kasernengebäude im Jahre 1942

If that’s the case, then the building on the left may be the one that was occupied by the medical facilities. The one opposite it, on the right side of the photo, housed admin and personnel services. 

Again, if memory serves correct, the buildings on the left past the medical services were occupied by the 1-10 Field Artillery and the re-designated 5-41 Field Artillery during my time there from 1987-1990. Alpha battery was closest to the medical services on the left, followed by Bravo, Charlie, Service, and Headquarters Batteries. 

The 4-4 Cavalry came after that, followed by the main building with the little tower in the photo. This housed various offices, among them Moral Support and headquarters elements of the 1-10 Field Artillery.

This image is part of my historical postcard collection.

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