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Berlin Infantry Brigade country club and casino?!

Article in the Grunidad about the Berlin Olympic Stadium and the possibility of a rebuild. Obviously the woke Berliners want to get rid of all the Nazi statues (the swastikas went 75 years ago!)


However the quote that got me was this:

The British military administration that controlled it from 1945 to 1994 merely reduced in height Hitler’s honorary stand, removed swastikas and repurposed some of the facilities as a country club with a family lido and a casino. The 120,000 sq m Maifeld grounds were used for polo tournaments and parades in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday.
my bold.

I lived in Brigade HQ for 5 years (85-90) and I can only remember the Sgt's and Officers messes, the sadle club and the families pool plus several sports fields and the Somerset Arms restaurant.
Did I miss out on debauched nights at the Lido, was membership to the country club reserved for VSO's and why wasn't I allowed to win a fortune at the Brigade casino?
If anyone from the Guardian is reading this, please help!
 
Article in the Grunidad about the Berlin Olympic Stadium and the possibility of a rebuild. Obviously the woke Berliners want to get rid of all the Nazi statues (the swastikas went 75 years ago!)


A real pity if they remove it. The place is a piece of history, and retains a real atmosphere to it, which I guess is why the revisionists want it gone.
 
I used to enjoy walking round the whole complex, including the Glockenturm (bell tower.) The Waldbune was one of the best open air venues I ever went to. We used to watch Hertha in the winter and athletics in the summer in the stadium itself. It was also the finnish for the 25km de Berlin.
 
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Article in the Grunidad about the Berlin Olympic Stadium and the possibility of a rebuild. Obviously the woke Berliners want to get rid of all the Nazi statues (the swastikas went 75 years ago!)


However the quote that got me was this:

The British military administration that controlled it from 1945 to 1994 merely reduced in height Hitler’s honorary stand, removed swastikas and repurposed some of the facilities as a country club with a family lido and a casino. The 120,000 sq m Maifeld grounds were used for polo tournaments and parades in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday.
my bold.

I lived in Brigade HQ for 5 years (85-90) and I can only remember the Sgt's and Officers messes, the sadle club and the families pool plus several sports fields and the Somerset Arms restaurant.
Did I miss out on debauched nights at the Lido, was membership to the country club reserved for VSO's and why wasn't I allowed to win a fortune at the Brigade casino?
If anyone from the Guardian is reading this, please help!

Never managed to get to Berlin.

Casino? Poor translation of Das Kasino? Officers' Mess.
 
Isn't a casino what the boxheads call their officers' messes? In this case, however, I suspect it's going to be the type where you just hand over all your money but without so much as a decree absolute to show for it.
 
In the late 70's there was a 'restaurant' called the Inn on the Pool next to the small pool not far from the Sgt's Mess.

Served cheap & cheerful, if not stunning food, but with cheap booze prices and was in staggering distance of the nearby married quarters, very handy every now and again if you didn't fancy going into town.
 
Never managed to get to Berlin.

Casino? Poor translation of Das Kasino? Officers' Mess.
That maybe the answer. Shoddy research from the journo (surprise,surprise)
T-H-Platz was where the big NAAFI shop was, plus Edinburgh House Hotel, the cinema and the Imperial club. It also housed BFBS radio. No casino and no country club or anything remotely like it and anyway it was miles from the stadium complex.
 

Ned_Seagoon

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I used to enjoy walking round the whole complex, including the Glockenturm (bell tower.) The Waldbune was one of the best open air venues I ever went to. We used to watch Hertha in the winter and athletics in the summer in the stadium itself. It was also the finnish for the 25km de Berlin.
I saw Queen and then Simon and Garfunkel in the Waldbune. Lifelong memories.
 
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quilter

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Edinburgh House?
Edinburgh House was a godsend whilst preparing for march out, the chefs there were very good and yes Naffyplatz., my 2 year old son threw his first (and only) public tantrum in the foodhall,, something I never forgot but he cannot remember (just as well, trust me!). :rolleyes:
 
Loved my time in Stadium Bks: 1989 - 1992!

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