U.S. Army Training Area Hohenfels, Germany

I keep records on historical places for my line of work, and among them is my collection of historical postcards.

The postcard below got repurposed, when my husband sighed heavily just before leaving for work this morning, which is rather hectic at this time of year.

I held up the postcard, offering this choice: “Would you rather go to Hohenfels or work?” His response was “Oh God, I hated that place. Even more than Grafenwöhr.”

That settled it. He left a bit happier for work this morning.

U.S. Army Training Area Hohenfels

Back then in the late 1980s, we were dating. All I know about Hohenfels are his stories and that there was… a telephone booth, which was the life line to the outside world.

So, if you ever spent most of November in Hohenfels, the largest U.S. Army Europe maneuver training area, consider yourself lucky.

That is, if you are healthy, while sitting in a warm place, with a roof over your head, sanitary installations within your home, and a warm meal within easy reach.

Hohenfels, anyone? 🙂

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.

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