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 Verden in 1958 -60 & the Berlin Corridor Train

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Number of posts : 1
Age : 78
Localisation : Dartford Kent
Cap Badge : R A O C.
Places Served : Verden Traveled all of Northern Germany
Registration date : 2012-05-14

PostSubject: Verden in 1958 -60 & the Berlin Corridor Train   15/5/2012, 12:35

I was stationed in Verden on the Aller Shiel Barracks i believe as A National Service Man at HQ 5 Div . I was an Army P.R. Photographer ,a bit like a Press Photographer , and travelled throughout North Germany, so had a really interesting job to do, following all the dignitiaries and photographing them on there trips , one of the ones i remember well was Having to go to soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten in the Eastern Sector of Berlin Which involved me i getting the Train along the Corridor into Berlin, It seemed all a bit scary, with all the Russian guards bristling with all their guns , They didn't like all my cameras and took them off me , Can't remember the menu that i have just seen on the website ,all i had was a packed lunch,
We went overnight, and had to keep all the blinds on the windows closed under fear of being it seemed Shot , I did take a peak out now and again ,but as it was dark could not see much
All i remember mostly is the Russian Guards kept Walking up and down Counting us whenever we stopped which was quite often with a lot of clanking and banging as the Engine's were Changed and then being shunted into a siding to await the morning before we were at last driven into the station to disembark and my camera's were returned to me , The journey into the Russian sector again was quite an experience, being told that i must keep my camera's in their cases etc, until we reached the War memorial , our West German Driver was not very impressed with the Russians and spoke very good English ,
We Drove along a designated Route Past all these impressive Buildings with all the Propaganda notices on them , I had a Russian soldier by my side all the time in the war Memorial site I presume so i only took photos of approved shots , on the way back into the Western Sector the driver said he would show us what it was really like, and took us up a side street by the impressive Buildings ,and to our horror they were Just false fronts propped up with timbers to give a good impression for the people driving on the proper route, I did take some crafty photo's of this from the car window , i am sure they are still in my memory box somewhere . would love to catch up with any mates in the Verden Camp ," Tanky" " Jock Sonny Mackenzie " " Paddy"" John Yarwood " and many more.
Regards Corporal , ended up as Sargent to do my job etc John Burton 23441882
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