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Berlin: Then and Now Photos

Discussion in 'Western Europe' started by jagdpanther44, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Excellent photos, John. And Martin is right. That is really a great Then & Now.
     
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    I had to look twice, but I found the swastikas . I'm surprised they were not removed.
     
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    I'm surprised, too. The Germans did a pretty thorough job of finding symbols of the Nazi past and eradicating them. The swastikas in the Wehrmacht headquarters should be an obvious place to look.
     
  4. Clementine

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    Phenomenal photos.
     
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    .....by Jagdpanther44 ! :D:D:D
     
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    Great pictures! Thanks for posting them
     
  7. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Good eye, Skipper. I totally missed that. :eek:
     
  8. jagdpanther44

    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    Russian soldiers posing in front a heavily damaged Reichstag
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    German 88mm ('then' photo is from Time Life magazine)
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    Russian soldier (note the two soviet females in the background)
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    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    I didn't have my penknife with me at the time. :rolleyes:
     
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    Truly excellent photos, great idea! I always love seeing then and nows like these. Great work!
     
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    The Wehrmacht Headquarters where the July 20 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler was plotted. The plotters were later shot in the buildings central courtyard (including Claus von Stauffenberg) by firing squad.
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    As you can see, at the time of me taking my photograph a DHL van and Bundeswehr coach decided to park up and block my view!:(
     
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    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    This is the courtyard where the plotters were shot
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    The entrance to the courtyard
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    Memorial to the plotters
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    Great photos.We must have passed each other as I was in Berlin at the same time! Great place, which I am gradually becoming addicted to!You might like my new Blog:Military Berlin
     
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    Thanks, Paul.

    It was my first trip to Berlin and I was only there for two full days, which was not nearly enough.
     
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    I don't have any thing brilliant to say or add to my last post, all I can do is tell you how much I am enjoying them. Great of you to share them.
     
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    Excellent photos Iived in Berlin 62-65 Dad was Royal Military Police. I have some photos of that time somwhere. I went back 82 84 88 and 89. Amazing city which must have changed alot since the wall came down. i hope to go back finally next year.
     
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    Hi John

    ..great thread ...hope to do this myself next year ...(when the ICE is due to start running through the Channel Tunnel ) ...it would be nice if you could tell us what Goering's Air Ministry building is known as today ..

    cheers

    Neil
     
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    It's now called the Bundesministerium der Finanzen Dienstsitz or Federal Ministry of Finance and is responsible for all aspects of government revenue and taxation...but I guess you already knew that. ;)

    I also read somewhere that Wolfgang Schäuble, who is the head of the finance ministry, occupies Goerings old office.
     
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    Like Clementine, I don't have much more to add except my appreciation for the photos you are posting in this thread. Wonderful stuff!
     
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    Thank you both.

    This is the flak tower at Humboldthain (which is about 2 miles from the centre of Berlin) and is a very hard comparison to achieve due the vastly altered terrain and the view now being obscured by trees.

    After the war the French army tried to demolish the flak tower using explosives. The attempt failed so the tower was instead partially buried using the rubble from the destroyed buildings of Berlin.

    Even with approximately 60% of the flak tower now buried beneath the ground it is still a huge structure.

    Tours of what remains of the interior of the tower can be arranged through the Berliner Unterwelten group. Unfortunately when I was there the tours were already fully booked.

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