Back in the 70's and 80's most soldiers travelled home from Germany by a combination of car/ferry, the majority taking the cheaperst ferry at the most ungodly hour. Besides the huge stack of empty jerricans that were deposited at the port of embarkation, discarded after filling one's car with tax-free benzine, I have other very vivid memories of these trips. One was falling asleep many a time at Wankum - waiting for the petrol station to open - in the comapny of many other BFG autos. The second was always getting searched at Customs, along with most of the other soldiers', for illicit quantities of duty-free. The third is the number of fights and minor scuffles that used to break out, without warning, in the bars of the ferries. Remember one particular occasion when it got really nasty on the overnight Harwich/Hook of Holland route where, besides the violence, a civilian was robbed of a considerable amount of money. Mil plod were called in from ODA, and no soldier was allowed to leave the ferry until they had been questioned and searched. Oh happy days.