A Salute to the Schweinfurt Military – Multimedia Archives

Team Schweinfurt presents The History of the Army in Schweinfurt in a slide show.

To keep its history alive, Team Schweinfurt set up this online photograph exhibition, “Salute to Schweinfurt: 1945-2014,” a tribute spanning almost 70 years of the U.S. Army in Schweinfurt. The project is meant to educate future generations and demonstrate the army’s service in Schweinfurt.

Deadline for submitting photos ends today (no April Fools’ joke either), but I’m sure they’d welcome more photo contributions.

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Schweinfurt Military Housing – Askren Manor

Much has been said and written about the closing of Ledward and Conn Barracks in Schweinfurt, one of the largest U.S. American bases in Germany, which is to be completely carried out by 30 September 2014. This post is about Askren Manor, the housing which is supposed to get completely torn down.

Askren Manor is the largest on-post housing area  with 674 stairwell apartments as well as 26 duplexes, all in within walking distance to Ledward Barracks. Other facilities include  the elementary school, commissary, school age services, and the child development center.

We had spent another weekend in Schweinfurt and on our way home again, we were heading towards Niederwerrner Straße, where we stopped for a photo on the side gate. The mesh wire fence has become almost obsolete by now.

mesh wire fence

We are approaching the corner of Niederwerrner Strasse and John-F.-Kennedy-Ring.

Coming from Ledward on  Niederwerrner Strasse

Askren Manors, Schweinfurt

Just passing by some of the buildings on the John-F.-Kennedy-Ring. Too bad we had the Grüne Welle (synchronized traffic lights) and could not slow down, which made some photos a bit blurry.

Askren Manors

 

Askren Manors

The gate to Askren Manors

Askren Manors

The latest I heard was to turn Askren Manor into a completely new housing development and Ledward Barracks becoming a sister college (i-Campus) to FHWS Würzburg.

More about the i-Campus: http://www.mainpost.de/regional/schweinfurt/Auf-dem-Weg-zum-i-Campus;art742,8036003 in German.

Quoted from the article: Im Herbst sollen die ersten Studenten für den FHWS i-Campus der Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften (FHWS) nach Schweinfurt kommen….”

(Starting with the fall semester 2014, the first 100 students are expected to enroll at the i-Campus University of Applied Sciences in Schweinfurt.)

U.S. Military Schweinfurt in September 2013

My husband, a former lieutenant with the 1-10/5-41 FA stationed in Schweinfurt in the late 80s, gave us a little tour as we were passing by in the car. The post looked deserted.

East gate of Ledward Barracks, along Franz-Schubert-Str. (now exit only)

backgate Ledward Barracks

Ledward Barracks, along Franz-Schubert-Str., looking into empty track park… formerly used by 1-10/5-41 Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Div.

backgate fence Ledward Barracks

Ledward Barracks, along Franz-Schubert-Str.

backgate road Ledward Barracks

MP station, Ledward Barracks, located on Franz-Schubert-Str.

Marshall Office Ledward Barracks

Another view of the MP station

MP Parking only Ledward Barracks

 

Corner of Franz-Schubert-Str. and Niederwerrnerstrasse

Litfaßsäule

Ledward Barracks, south fence, along Niederwerrnerstr.

Front of Ledward Barracks

Ledward Barracks, closed south gate (right side) along Niederwerrnerstr.

Ledward Barracks front gate

Ledward Barracks, still open south gate (left side), along Niederwerrnerstr.

Gate at Ledward Barracks with taxi

More sources:

* Google map: http://goo.gl/maps/vv5T2

* Third Reich in Ruins: http://www.thirdreichruins.com/schweinfurt7.htm

* Conn Barracks: http://mihalko-family.com/Conn%20Barracks.htm

* The 2014 Closure of USAG Schweinfurt: http://www.schweinfurt.army.mil/closure2014/index.htm

On the Road in Canada – Sailing in Lunenburg, NS

We booked four tickets on the Eastern Star for the afternoon turn, and the time we had on that boat was priceless.

The Eastern Star in dock

The Eastern Star in dock

The Eastern Star

The Eastern Star

The boat has some history and this is what the skipper told us (scribbled down in my notebook):

The boat, built in 1948, originates from Denmark. In its early days, it was mostly used for smuggling,  and also ran under three different names in three different countries.

Eventually the sailors were caught smuggling, and the boat was confiscated by the Halifax authorities in the 60s or 70s. The local authorities used it for a number of years until they auctioned it off.

The next owner had it for a few years until the boat suffered heavy damage in a storm. The insurance company paid for the storm damage, but not for the consequential damage (new flooring, etc.) He then went bankrupt and was forced to sell it.

The current owner bought it in the 90s.

My husband had sailed before and enjoyed getting his hands on the rope and wheel of the boat. The skipper and his crew woman got us involved (if we wanted to) and the whole ride was a lot of fun. The photo shows our son on the wheel.

helpers on board

helpers on board

We had picked an overcast afternoon, and we were glad to have brought extra clothing. There are extra blankets on board as well. Can you see the silver lining?

ocean

As we had boarded, we ended up sitting on the left side, which the skipper explained would be the low side going out. I had no idea what he really meant and just smiled. By the time, we were out on the ocean, I knew what low side meant. Similar to hanging on to dear life on a roller coaster ride. Well, not quite, but close enough. I had the time of my life!

As we were taking the bend and sailing back, we were advised to switch sides to sit on the high end. It had the advantage of having two free hands to take photos. On the way out, I had only used my hands to hold on and not slide through the railing. It was not quite like that, but it seemed this way at times. The flow of adrenaline was something else.

Nearing the shore, the skipper had to do his usual work and was able to tell us the boat’s story.

Eastern Star skipper

Eastern Star skipper

Lunenburg has a lot to offer and this is one place I would consider returning to. I might easily like new places, but I am very picky about the ones I would return to.

reaching the harbor

reaching the harbor

Lunenburg Harbor

– Raise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind.-
(Chinese proverb)

What to See in Nottingham

I have just returned from Nottingham where I helped our son clear out of student housing. Took a flight with Lufthansa to Birmingham and continued by train to Nottingham.

We (had my brother and niece in tow) stayed at the Mercure Hotel on George Street. Service and breakfast were really good, but I found my room too small. I would stay there again, but I’d make sure I get a bigger room. And yes, the original floorboards have a slope (the hotel was built in 1822) and the corridors creak. My room (#211) felt like a ship cabin at times, which was the case even without beer.

Full English Breakfast

Full English Breakfast

We enjoyed some really good beer around town, such as Day Tripper, Acorn, etc. I want a pint!

beer

A sight to see is Wollaton Hall and Deer Park. We arrived in the late morning and there were so many deer in the park. Wollaton Hall, an Elizabethan mansion is quite a site. It also hosts a natural museum of stuffed animals, set in a natural landscape. I did not care so much for this, but enjoyed its architecture more. We also had a very pleasant lunch in the courtyard cafe.

Wollaton Hall

Wollaton Hall

Wollaton Hall provided part of the setting for the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, released July 2012.

Wollaton Hall and Batman

Wollaton Hall and Batman

Next was Nottingham Castle, which is situated right in the center of town.

Nottingham Castle

Nottingham Castle

From our hotel on George Street, it was only a 10-minute walk to the castle with the neighboring Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem (the oldest inn in England).

Looking down onto the Jerusalem pub

Looking down onto the Jerusalem pub

Nightlife in Nottingham is quite interesting. The city was just teeming with people on Friday night.

Cosplay

Cosplay

We ended up in a rocky bar…

Salutations Pub

Salutations Pub

I had to try new English food such as this one. The photo does not do the wrap justice. It was so big! Too much for me.

Hot Roast Beef Yorkshire Wrap

Hot Roast Beef Yorkshire Wrap

That’s me stepping out of a smelly phone booth, but I enjoyed the photo opportunity. Just held my breath.

phone booth

I found this English rose at the Nottingham Castle. It smelled wonderful and my iPad camera was able to capture the color beautifully.

English Rose

I like Nottingham. The best part were its people. Whether we looked confused at the bus station or had to figure out what to do next, so many people offered to help. This was truly amazing.

I opened my umbrella once in three days. Friday evening we sat outside in warm temps and it almost felt a bit like being in a southern European country. The Brits know how to party and have a good time. For Germans like us, we were surprised when even a pub’s security guards had friendly lines for us.

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