Mainberg Castle in the 1960s

Thanks to Russell Satterthwait, a blog reader and former U.S. soldier stationed in Schweinfurt/Germany during the Cold War years, is here to share some of his memories and photos.

This is what Russell had to say:

The year of the photographs is 1965. I was wandering in the high hills between Mainberg and Schonungen with a couple of Army buddies. Like you, we were suddenly confronted by a herd of sheep, in the midst of which was a tall gaunt sheepherder attired in a slouched waterproof hat and matching shoulder to ankle oilskin slicker and shepherds crook. He murmered “Gruss Gott”, then disappeared as swiftly as he had materialized like an apparition from a nineteenth century novel.

Further along the path, I came to a stone wall with an open doorway. I stepped in and said to my buddies, “would you look at this?”. We felt we had stepped into a Grimm fairytale castle. These are the photos I took.

Castle Mainberg in 1965

The sheepherder Russell refers to comes from a recent post (December 2011) about the same topic, A Shepherd tending his Flock. It is quite amazing to drive through this area of Germany and see this relic from the past.

Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt

Friday evening we arrived in Schweinfurt for our weekend visit. We still had some time before meeting family, so we decided to swing by Ledward Barracks.

Ledward Barracks

The gate on the right was closed and the barracks looked somewhat deserted.

Ledward Barracks

The left gate had just opened to let this big bus in.

Intersection at Ledward Barracks

By 2014, all troops will have left and the same is happening with Leighton Barracks in Würzburg now.

The latter news were just published two days ago, with an article in the Mainpost Newspaper Würzburg kauft Leighton-Areal (in German). The city of Würzburg is buying Leighton for euro 130 million.

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