Love of Minden

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Who remembers Minden!

Kingsley, The Shack, Melitabad

oops, the tears have started!!!!!!!!!!! Laughing!
 

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24 hr bar........Mammas bar
 
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...how dissapointing, I thought the thread read "Love of Minder"

 
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WasMe said:
Who remembers Minden!

Kingsley, The Shack, Melitabad

oops, the tears have started!!!!!!!!!!! Laughing!
Banned from Studio Ms and every other decent place on account of being a Brit. Yeah, I miss it. Like f*ck I do. I was up there middle of last year for a sojourn. The place is the pits. The whole town is filthy. Mindeners.......even the Germans hated them.

Yep, I'm just about to cry myself to sleep.
 
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Aye I remember it well, the shack and Kristina's tits, CS spray when it kicked off, Mamas(24hr Bar), The Music box when totally lashed, the Melitabad bar which was usually full of Monkeys with sh*t attitudes, and stiffs alley Gyros house (lovely!!).

Mind I bet it is a shi*e hole now as Biscuits_AB says. I was on the draw down and worked at Kingsley but lived up by Clifton, which the Queens had moved out of and it was populated full of refugees, who were running whore houses and all sorts of sh*t from there. And the same fate was in store for Kingsley, Elizabeth and St Georges I believe.
 
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Clifton has now been pulled down. It did house refugees for a while, which p*ssed the locals off a bit as the Stadt had promised to convert the barracks into a leisure complex once Tommy Atkins shipped out. Once the refugees went it stood there empty. Trees growing through the square etc. There are one or two MT buildings still up (well they were around Octoberish last year) but the rest has been cleaned away.

The Music Box is still there. I'm not sure if it still calls itself the Music Box. There's an Irish pub up the same road in the direction of the BAB 2 in Porta. That big knocking shop on the banks of the Weser next to the Porta railway station is still there.

Can anyone tell me (I've been racking my brains for years on this one), what the f*ck was the disco called, which was located on the opposite side of the bridge from Studio Ms. It was run by an ex slop jockey. If you crossed the bridge on the way back to Elizabeth Bks from the town, iy was the first building on the left side literally 10 metres from teh bridge. Any ideas. It's long closed but it was open in 1988 as I was leaving Minden (Oh happy day!). I can't remember the name of the bloke who owned it either.

There was the Bierdorf along Victoria Strasse near Elizabeth. That's long shut and has shrubs growing out of teh walls now. The Grill bar outside Elixabeth has gone. All of the quarters are obvioulsy now in the possession of Germans apart from the flats down Barenkamp which are in the hands of evrybody else but the Germans.

Westminster barracks has had a face lift and now sports smoked glass windows. It's some sort of business project now. The road system around the Clifton Bks and Porta Westfalica areas has changed beyond all recognition. It's all dual carriageway now. Rhodesia Bks isn't there anymore and St Georges is now a Markt Kauf although MDN reckons that some of it is still standing at the back.

I must admit I spent 2 years in Minden and it was the worst posting I ever had in my entire career. Some good times nevertheless but it was just a town that I couldn't take to. Mind you having been posted to Minden from Berlin, that was hardly surprising.

Mama's Bar. What a dive. Vivaldis....the bar where the Argylls used to get past the 'Out of bounds to all English' on account of them being Jocks......."We're no English pahl". After a week of continual violence by them, the owner sussed that he'd been had and changed the sign outside to 'No Scottish'. Spent many a happy evening down there laughing at Jocks talking like the cast of East Enders, trying to get past the bouncer.
 
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Hands up if you were ever invited to the Courts Martial Centre. "fined £300, march him out". Just another experience out of 18 years!
 
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You'll be happy to know that the Courts Martial Centre is no longer there either.
 
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Biscuits_AB said:
Can anyone tell me (I've been racking my brains for years on this one), what the f*ck was the disco called, which was located on the opposite side of the bridge from Studio Ms. It was run by an ex slop jockey. If you crossed the bridge on the way back to Elizabeth Bks from the town, iy was the first building on the left side literally 10 metres from teh bridge. Any ideas. It's long closed but it was open in 1988 as I was leaving Minden (Oh happy day!). I can't remember the name of the bloke who owned it either.
Wasn't Rainbow Rocks or something like that was it? Might be well off beam but that name rings a bell for some reason. Didn't mind Minden too much myself, then I never got to go to Berlin!!, better than Sennelager the worst lager in the world though!!.
 
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Yeah my spies had told me. Talk about a certain Rupert trying to knife me. Flown out from UK, paid LOA,
pissed everynight in the mess, opportunity to buy duty frees, all for a fine. I took great delight in having
my tongue in my cheek as I was marching out while he sat in the back row with his bottom lip tripping him.
Other than that had a great 2 years in Minden.
 
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I would disagree Stanley. I loved Sennelager. Wher else could you go out, get blind drunk, a dose of crabs, a curry wurst and chips and a good shoeing..........for only 20 marks?
 
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Biscuits_AB said:
I would disagree Stanley. I loved Sennelager. Wher else could you go out, get blind drunk, a dose of crabs, a curry wurst and chips and a good shoeing..........for only 20 marks?
True but by the time I got to taste the delights of the strip it was a watered down version full of slapper pads wifes with face's like a 10 year old pair of Para's combat highs, and pimple faced nigs who couldn't hold their wobbly, I envy you fellas who got the full blown delights!!
 
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Elizabeth Bks now reported as follows

Gym - Wez super mkt - almost shat a nugget laughing at seeing a pic of shopping trollys on the square instead of waggons
MT area and shed still doing civi MT stuff
Naffi = Kindergarten - something in that I recon
HQ accom (to notch I was) civi flats
HQ bldg - local businessess
A, B & C coy accom = housing converted
HW coy = still under referb - they started that one first..... says sommit about mortors and Milan folk doesn't it
Hofficers mess - a gonner by all accounts
Sgts mess - civi accom and business unit
Paddock and veh sheds = civi business
Sports field - huge housing development

Should have used a f-ing big bomb on it all. I'm now frequently bac in Germany on business etc and strangly Minden is not on my list to visit. Filty orrible place...!
 

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stan2484 said:
Wasn't Rainbow Rocks or something like that was it? Might be well off beam but that name rings a bell for some reason. Didn't mind Minden too much myself, then I never got to go to Berlin!!, better than Sennelager the worst lager in the world though!!.
Loved Sennelager, Stan, I hear nothing has changed there!

Unfortunately my military spiritual home is and always will be is Tidworth!
 
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Sennelager hasn't changed in as much as the barracks and the street layout are concerned. It is a lot cleaner than it used to be and most of the bars as you would remember them, have gone.
 
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went back to Minden last weekend and got lost! i searched for Clifton Barracks but only found the remains because of the fencing still being partly intact at the back, i then found the sanger next to the officers mess and the HQ building, on top of that i found the building which put a smile back on my face, an old locked up stable, these where unused when i was there 1985-1989 but we converted it to be the REME LAD BAR.
on the premises of the the maingate and cookhouse/Sgt's Mess is now a VW sales room, the HQ building was fenced off and a new housing estate now covers what was the square and Blocks the LAD wksp has been flattened .
 
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Sennelager hasn't changed in as much as the barracks and the street layout are concerned. It is a lot cleaner than it used to be and most of the bars as you would remember them, have gone.
Indeed. The strip in cold war Sennelager was defiantely one of lifes 'must do' experiences. I also had the pleasure of spending 3 years there in the early 90's in Antwerp Barracks. THE longest walk back to the block ever once past the main gate!!
 
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664 , Barenkamp. Good times. Porta Westfalica, Minden Stadt's nice, only spoiler is the ex/witch still lives there, can't have everything.
 
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Went to Westminster Kaserne in '73 (11 Field Workshop) because I had been told how wonderful Minden was from those who had been there (and should have known better!). What a shite hole - easily the worst posting I ever had (some good lads there, mind). Took me a year to get out of the place and I had to volunteer for Commando Forces to do it!

A salesman from one of our suppliers (WAGO) came to give the usual spiel and we got chatting about where in Germany the company manufactured (me angling for a cushy 'visit the supplier' trip). He couldn't understand why I fell off my chair laughing when he said proudly 'Minden'.
 

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