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    Default Ferris Barracks, Germany, My duty station in the 70's

    Ferris Barracks was originally, a Kaserne for horse drawn artillery, built around 1900. located in Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany. about 10-12 miles from Nurnberg.It was later used by the Wehrmacht, and there was an underground facility, as seemed to be the rule for the reich. The underground facilities included a motorpool area, and an aircraft maintainance area, (a historical note, is that the airstrip at Erlangen was used to fly out the bodies of those hung after the Nurnberg trials.)I will post some pictures of the post, and our presence there, and will add to the pics from time to time, so check back. I arrived at Ferris in april of 72' departed in late 74' and after a bit as crewman, became commander of an M60-A1 . The first pic is of one of the entrances to the Wehrmacht motorpool, it was flooded and sealed off as there were tanks and other vehicles abandoned by the Wehrmacht, who had taken time to mine them. so we were not able to go into it.The only other entrance was located in the air maint. hanger, and had a large elevator for moving equipment, etc. in and out. The one pictured is mostly buried, with only about 4 ft. of the gate showing. the water comes up to ground level.
    The second pic is of my company assembling for a road march to a local training area.
    The 3rd is out of my window, showing the horse stable building. further, there is a statue to the troops of the 1st. world war, and there was a ceremony to honor those men and a time capsule was found behind the plaque we really never knew alot about this statue, and called it "Old Fritz"
    then another marshalling for a march to Hohenfels training area, up north, and an image of the drivers compartment of an m60 A1 Additionally, a pic of a "mad minute" on the Tennenlohe machinegun range a few miles from Ferris. And something to take the edge off the summer heat, winter ops in North Germany.
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    Default Some further pictures of Ferris Barracks, and Nurnberg.

    The motorpool pics show the tank park we used, it lies directly over the Wehrmacht counterpart, the image is looking north. toward the air maint. hanger, where the second entrance/elevator was housed.The airstrip was to the right of the point of view. There is also a pic of night fire, with the m60 tank, and a pic of the church at the market square in Nurnberg. (Where these days, the Christkindle Markt is held each year.)
    The Church had an ornate clock, with figures that on the hour, would dance around beneath the clockface. Church ,and clock have been restored, and people gather to see the figures dance.
    Also a couple pics of the post, frome the air, and of the buildings my unit occupied. second floor right building. And one of Cobra King, the lead tank in the fight to break the Bastogne encirclement. it had been saved to be our unit's monument all those years. It looks fine, but the inside is crispy. No one knew if it was from the fight, or afterwards. Some of us wanted to repair it, get it running, but found the engine/trans missing. C.K's fate following the closing of the post in the 90's is unknown to me,, hope they didnt scrap it.
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    Nice pics tankgeezer

    Here is a link and picture from the WebShots gallery of professional photographers - the church and Christkindl Market in Nuremberg as it appears now.

    They also have a section with a multitude of military albums as well. Great place to display photos of military experiences.

    Christkindl Market, Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
    http://www.webshots.com/g/32/600-sh/37085.html



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    Thanks George, that sure brings back memories,,, The ornate fountain, the church, and the vendor's stalls,,, they sold roasted nuts, candy, Christmas cakes of all kinds,Glu wine, (a spiced wine served hot) ornaments, you name it, Anything Christmas was there.

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    This two are my favorites.






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    They are Dramatic, night fire is a whole different world. (Like Halloween) Mostly illumination is provided by non firing tanks, (we couldnt light our own targets, the searchlight wont allow it. ) some targets are engaged under white light, others using Infra red. Not alot of detail in the old I.R. sights, you have to learn which blob is the one you're trying to shoot.Mostly a matter of contrast. dark green for the background, light green for your target.

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    A few more pics For my Buddy Grumps,
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    One hell of an interesting set of pics TG my friend.
    It is a privilege to see them, and a pleasure to view them.

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    Default Re: Ferris Barracks, Germany, My duty station in the 70's

    Moved back to Cold War forum. Interesting, I think I missed most of these pics...

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    I seem to recall making a comment (or maybe just thinking about making one) about this a long time ago, but apparently not in this thread.

    I do love the tank "Civilian at heart".

    What were the rules (I assume there had to be some) about naming tanks?

    Which raises the related question of naming aeroplanes and applying logos to them in WWII and since.
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    Member "Grumps" was posted to C Co. of my Battalion, I was in B Co. one floor down, and wanted to see some additional pics of the place.Naming rules were fairly lax, the only true rule being the first letter of the name had to be that of the Co. letter designation, A,B,C, or H were the usual, it couldnt be profane, or overly mushy. Didnt have to be English either, A fellow commander's tank was named the Dutch word for "Feet Car"
    A new Division Commander was installed, and he banned naming vehicles,(typical West Pointer) so we then had to paint them out. I'll edit in some captions later..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tankgeezer View Post
    A new Division Commander was installed, and he banned naming vehicles,(typical West Pointer) so we then had to paint them out. I'll edit in some captions later..
    My inclination would be that his actions might have done more damage than good to esprit de corps, if only by removing the identity a crew had with its tank and the crew's belief that they had some independence of action.

    But the end result would probably be that the crews would retain their identity and cohesion, because the grunts generally do that in spite of, rather than because of, the dictates of higher command.
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    I agree, but he had his mind made up,, thought it a huge waste of man hours, and resources. He cast a jaundiced eye upon a Battery Commander once for not having the names removed from his SP guns. He was young for a Major General, only 45 IIRC. Hopefully he mellowed with age.

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    Sounds like he had a charisma bypass to me. Senior officers mate, they're always thinking up 'good' ideas to keep soldiers busy.
    "There is no country on the face of the earth to which the principle of citizen-soldiership is so well adapted as our own, for the freedom possessed by Britons is of so general and real a character as to cause the humblest in the land to feel deeply the neccessity of preserving the safety and independence of the nation of which he is a part"

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    He was Mr. all business, went through sedan drivers like crazy, and nearly exploded when someone backed a deuce n' a half into his prized sedan, and had it up on two wheels. Hell possessed no matching fury that day..

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