Former Barracks and Drinking Dens in Germany

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Biscuits_AB

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Since coming back over this side of the water, I've been swanning around some of the old gaffs, Minden, Soest, etc. There's been some incredible changes to some of these places. I was thinking about photographing some of the old places (including bars!) and putting them up on the gallery.

Anybody else here get nostalgic about days gone by?

Or is it just me?

I'm off up to Soest tomorrow,. I'll see if I can get a photo of the 'Big Ben'.

Does anybody remember the name of the disco at the Elizabeth Bks end of the Weser Bridge (opposite side from Studio M's). It was owned by an ex Catering Corps fella. Can never remember it's name. Not that it matters as its well shut.

How about the 'City Club' in Paderborn?

'Geordies' Bar in Sennelager has been levelled and is now a REWE supermarket.

Did anyone from Soest ever go boozing in Buren?
 
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It's been closed for yonks by all accounts. Some of the Toms haven't even heard of the place. Jocks Bar next door (The Zum Tower as I recall) is a hotel of some sort.

The Senne Eck is still open apparantly!
 
#5
How about Ripon Barracks in Bielefeld (HQ 1(BR) Corps), and the only major HQ in Germany which wasn't slipper city, but was great if you like excercises. Apparently its got a Burger King and a school in it now!!
It used to look like
that. I'd like to see what it looks like today.
 
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I passed there two weeks ago. It's been taken over by some sort of health place . There may be a school in it, I don't know. One of the blocks is pink, one blue and another yellow. There are houses being built on it as well, at the back. The Burger King isn't in the barracks , it's between Ripon and the other one nearest the Autobahn.

The red Ford Escort at the bottom right of your photo isn't there anymore either. :lol:

There's another barracks nearer the town centre, but I don't know what it's called.

When was that photo taken?
 
#7
Does anyone know what happened to the Caserne in Lahr and the Black Forest Officer's mess after the Canadians left?
 
#8
Ripon Bks clearly changed considerably over the years up to when that photo was taken! The barracks closer to the autobahn were Catterick, where 10 Regt RCT lived and boxed (usually on disco nights).
 
#9
Detmold - Hobart barracks has been turned into a fcuking Golf Course. Spent a major part of my life there both as a brat and squaddie. I can't remember the names of the bars (I didn't drink much then) but I could give you good directions,mostly they are out the front gate and down the hill :wink:

Will be going back sometime this years with a camara.

JJ
 
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Just been to Soest today. The old Belgian Bks are run down, overgrown and vandalised, the barracks in the town (St Sebastion?) looks like Ripon Bks, one pink block, one blue etc etc. Didn't get as far as Salamanca...........but from the road it looks like the accommodation is missing. Only the hangars can be seen.

All the Quarters are still there in Army Quarter Magnolia, but occupied by civvies.

From the road the Bks at Korbecke look to be in sh*t state as well. There's what appears to be a refugee home next to it, some prefab with about 20 satellite dishes outside. Lots of blankets for curtains.

MDN, I went into the town for a couple of hours but I can't find the 'Big Ben'. I saw a couple of buildings which slightly resembled it, but whose 'shop fronts' look to have been renovated. There's a disco called the 'Sonic'. I'm sure that wasn't around before. Maybe it's the old Big Ben. Can you remember what street it was on?

Had the obligatory wander round to the Mohnesee to show the kids the 'back of the net'.
 
#11
You need Aunty Stella mate not me, I was never at Soest..... 3 Regt was for puffs and druggies :D
 
#12
Bielefeld Barracks names :-

Catterick - 10 Regt RCT
Ripon - HQ & HQ Regt 1 (BR)Corps
Mossbank - 1 Corps Troops Wksps REME
Richmond - 6 Ord Bn RAOC & DMED BAOR RAMC
Redcar - 63 Ord Coy RAOC
Rochdale - 64 Ord Coy RAOC
Harrogate - 623 MCTG RCT (????)/Pioneers PLSU

If I remember rightly Richmond was nearest the Stadtmitte - and pretty near PC69 :wink: - only Catterick and Mossbank are active now I believe.
 
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Mighty_doh_nut said:
You need Aunty Stella mate not me, I was never at Soest..... 3 Regt was for puffs and druggies :D
What made me think that you were ex 3 Regt then? :wink:
 
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Biscuits_AB said:
I passed there two weeks ago. It's been taken over by some sort of health place . There may be a school in it, I don't know. One of the blocks is pink, one blue and another yellow. There are houses being built on it as well, at the back. The Burger King isn't in the barracks , it's between Ripon and the other one nearest the Autobahn.

The red Ford Escort at the bottom right of your photo isn't there anymore either. :lol:

There's another barracks nearer the town centre, but I don't know what it's called.

When was that photo taken?
The barracks near the town centre (and PC 69's) was Richmond barracks (6 Ord). And why do they have better night club names on the continent?!
 
#16
all well and good in that area , what about traz !! Scatch by the train station where the Rmp sent the dogs in first , shiners on the corner by the fountain , and that good old battle ground , the "alt stadt " where incoming and outgoing inf, used to defend there pride , only being held back by 2 , engineer regiment `s , the good old days :)
 
#18
Hey Biscuits AB, I well remember the BIG BEN in SOEST,this during the 80s.....as for which street it`s on I cannot remember either. I was generally minging by the time I got there....and FCUK knows how I ever managed to get back to Werl.I know of at least one guy who tabbed it back......

It was one hell of a great place apart from the Belgian Grenadiers were in,they were probably the worst unit in the world,but thought they were double tasty.......ENOUGH SAID!!


Do you remember a club in Catterick called the Scorpion??
 
#19
Big Ben - remember it well, also the Go Park in Herford (no squaddies allowed, unless you could speak German) and the Richtig (sp?). Caught a dose there :p Found out 3 days into a 4 week ex. Was told by the MO I could wait until we got back, bitch. :oops:

The Scorpion in Catterick - top shite place with it’s quality Red Stripe beer. It was not there when I was on my class 3 but remember it from my class 1. I got laid in the backseat of a car in the car park there, well behaved JNCO that I was. What was the name of the other pub/club close to camp centre?

Yeah the 80s ahhhh......happy days. Young ones today don’t know how hard we had it back then :twisted: :twisted:
 

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