Berlin Garrison 1945 - 199?

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  1. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    hi guys,

    swift question -when did the British finally leave Berlin?

    Secondly, when did the sealed train make its las run?


  2. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    thanks for swift response Dah dit dit dah, - which gave me part of the answer.

    Anyone actually serve in Berlin know when the last train ran ?
  3. 1991 I think. I was there then but it was a long time ago and I can't remember exactly. I travelled on it on 28 January 1991 - Car 5, Compartment 2 (I still have the ticket) so it was definitely running then!

  4. The final run of the British Military Train eventually went ahead on Thursday 7 February 1991. Capt AR Tysoe was the last OC train and the last TCWOs were WO2 Chalmers and WO2 Ford. A piece of history was made after forty years of virtually unbroken service. The occasion was marked by the band of 1 Light Infantry, and the ACC took over the jobs of cooks and waiters for the benefit of the loyal civilian staff. Afterwards many local and service guests were invited to a reception party hosted by the squadron.

    (Waggoner June 1991)
  5. Pararegtom

    Pararegtom LE Book Reviewer

    Boiled egg breakfast, circa 1978 I think thats the only guard duty I enjoyed, seeing my first sight of the enemy (the russian hoads) and the Russian tank parks as we left Berlin, Happy days .
  6. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer


    Happy days indeed. My dad did the train in 1951 and I was OC Train a few times in 1983. Still have a copy of the '85 print by Ken Howard showing the train in Charlottenburg station. I remember the own label wine in the restaurant car, the BTDs, and slipping the Soviet officer near Magdeburg his glossy magazine of choice (some liked porn, others liked motorbikes or classic cars).

    In the Mission we'd occasionally sit in a field somewhere in East Germany and wave at the train as it went by.

    My other half lowered the Union Flag at 45 AEC for the last time in Jan 1994.
  7. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    Thanks people....good stuff. Definitive answer given by Peem above which I will relay.

    Last knock - if anyone has a pic from the final run perhaps they could upload to this thread.

  8. Posties were almost the last ones out the door a few from 99Sqn went up in the summer of 94 for a week to shut the FPO down and recover the frames etc back down to JHQ for back loading got a ticket for over taking on the autobahn back as well
  9. Seconded. I'd left the Battalion by then, but good memories of Brooke/Wavell, also the Queens Birthday Parade (Sarah Ferguson attending) and the Queen Mum's visit. Great days, historic times.
  10. Probably the best posting I had, remember the train very well, Breakfast out and full dinner back with train labelled wines (still have a bottle of the red). We were fortunate enough to be in the British mission on the evening the wall came down in 89' our car was parked on the Glinecke Bridge and when we went down to see the celebrations the East Germans had covered it with flowers. Very happy times!!
  11. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

  12. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

  13. I took part in the final Allied Forces Day parade which was in June/July 1994. By then, the garrison was almost closed, and the Royal Signals contingent was provided by 7 Signal Regiment, hence my participation.
    Can't remember who the infantry contingent was unfortunately. A couple of practices were at RAF Gatow, which was practically deserted at that point, with us using the runway for full parade formations with all three allied contingents. Apparently the Russians asked to participate but the Berlin govt told them to rod off sharpish, as they were regarded as an occupying force unlike the western allies.

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