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Stephen Lock
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PostSubject: Canadian holdings history   31/7/2008, 21:01

I just noticed the webmaster has graciously included a succinct history of the Canadian period as well as a breakdown of the various forts we Canadians had in Hemer/Deilinghofen (Prince of Wales and MacLeod), Iserlohn (Fort Qu'Appelle and Fort Beausejour), Werl (Fort Anne and Fort Louis (sometimes pronounced "Lew-y" and sometimes pronounced "Loo-is"), and Soest/Bad Sassendorf (Forts York and Chambly). I have it in the back of my head there was a third fort at Werl, but I could be wrong...Werl was rather outside my experience (Hemer/Deilinghofen/Iserlohn and Soest being my 'home bases" while in Germany).

There were also families living in Unna, but I don't think there was a fort there...in fact, I'm quite sure the fathers all commuted into Iserlohn/Hemer/Deilinghofen or Werl/Soest. The Married Quarter area in Unna was very small in comparison to the ones in Hemer and Soest.

As a former Canadian Army dependent in the old Brigade area, I appreciate this inclusion of the Canadians on this site. There was a close connection between the Canadian Brigade and BAOR, far more than what existed, for instance, with the Belgiques or the Americans.
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PostSubject: Re: Canadian holdings history   15/8/2008, 07:02

In was in Werl in about early to mid 70's, and there were 3 barracks there, so i assume there were three forts. two were side by side, one was the accomodation for the queens regiment, and i am almost sure the one next to it was for RMP's. directly accross the road was the workshops, motor pool etc. there was a 9 hole golf course left by the Candians and a huge building that once housed an ice rink. there is nothing of it left now, except its an 18 hole golf course
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PostSubject: Re: Canadian holdings history   27/8/2008, 00:03

Ahhh, yes, I remember now. Fort Victoria and Fort Louis were next to each other with "something" across the road.

I sort of knew there had been an ice rink (Canadians needed their curling and hockey, after all LOL) but didn't realize there had been a golf course out there too.

While it's sad so many of these sites are now derelict or gone, I suppose it's heartening that a 9-hole golf course is now an 18-hole golf course. Not that golf held any interest for me whatsoever and I'm not at all certain your average German would have the interest so many Canadians/Americans/Scots have for this essentially silly game Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Canadian holdings history   2/3/2009, 03:12

Yes there were three forts Fort St. Louis and Fort Victoria on one side of the road.

Fort Victoria had the Black Watch or Van Doo's depending on who was doing the tour.

Fort St Louis had the RCE and the Cdn Radio Station

Fort St Ann across the road had the CANEX gift shop, the Battle School, and an anti-tank company of Van Doo's who's home battalion was still stationed in Canada.

Originaly Fort St Ann had the Canadian Armoured Regt and the RCAMC . If I remember correctly you could still see their badges on the main gate pilons.
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PostSubject: Re: Canadian holdings history   2/3/2009, 03:17

It should be remembered that when the Canadian Infantry Brigade was first posted to Germany for it's NATO employment they were in Hanover (remembered fondly by many as Hang-over for some reason). It would be interesting to see any shared memories from that time. I know my old BSM from 1 SSM Bty was there as were few other people I served with in the RC Sigs. Wish I had asked more questions about that time. But I do remember old Bill Wier telling me that for a few chocolate bars and packs of ciggies you could have a good time. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Canadian holdings history   4/3/2009, 18:54

Hardrations wrote:
It should be remembered that when the Canadian Infantry Brigade was first posted to Germany for it's NATO employment they were in Hanover (remembered fondly by many as Hang-over for some reason). It would be interesting to see any shared memories from that time. I know my old BSM from 1 SSM Bty was there as were few other people I served with in the RC Sigs. Wish I had asked more questions about that time. But I do remember old Bill Wier telling me that for a few chocolate bars and packs of ciggies you could have a good time. Shocked

Can't for the life of me figure out why on earth the Hannover period would possibly be referred to as "Hang-over" Laughing

There is very little out there about this period (circa pre-1953). The Hannover period was before DND started allowing families to tag along on the tour.

Now, you've piqued my interest re "for a few chocolate bars and a packs of ciggies [one] could have a good time." As in sexual favours? My oh my.... Shocked Talk about a cheap...well, you know.... Razz

This aspect of life in West Germany was outside my experience...I was, afterall, only a rather naive 17-year old although I didn't happen to think so at the time.

I was aware, as many of us dependents were (to say nothing of the soldiers!!) of 'poufs' and 'bar-flys'. There was a hooker stand down on the corner by the Belgian Kaserne on the B-1 in Soest and I'd often see the woman whose corner it was out there in her red blazer, black skirt and stockings. I'd see her so often we started exchanging "Guten abends". She was probably in her late 30's early 40's then...rather matronly looking as I recall. To each their own Rolling Eyes

The one disco/gasthof I went to all the time in Soest -- The Palette -- was, I now realize, a pouf-bar (prostitute...not what you lads call "poufs" although there was a bit of that going on too).

the whole social aspect of cigarettes was what got me smoking. Sitting in a gasthof with a pack of Export A's next to one's beer almost invariably led to conversations and the buying of drinks back and forth because the brand was so identifiable as "Canadian"....the Germans would want to try one, offer one of theirs (all made with gawd-awful Turkish tobacco which smelled and tasted like camel dung!) and everyone would have a wonderful social evening. If I had known I could have got laid a couple of years sooner than I actually did via a pack of cigarettes....hmmmm.
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