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Wilf
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Places Served : Bicester-Soltau-Canada-Kineton-Paderborn-Osnabruck (Inc Gulf 1) Donnington-Civy Strasse.
Registration date : 2008-10-22

PostSubject: Re: Fallingbostel   2/5/2013, 10:26

I cant remember whether this story was Fally or Hohne, but it was a cavalry regiment:

In about...1982 a mate and me were dispatched to collect some silver from an officers mess (Royal Hussars?14/20H?) and take it to the officers mess at Bournemouth barracks Soltau. On arrival at the Hussars mess in Fally or Hohne, the first thing we saw was a green MG sports car smashed into the front doors! We eventually found our way to the tradesmans entrance and after finding a steward we asked about the car smashed through the front doors, then noticed lots of other damage, broken doors, chairs etc. The steward said they [Officers] had a party last evening and were playing polo, the chairs doubled as polo ponies! We asked who was going to pay for all the damage, the steward said the young gentlmen take it in turns at paying for the damage. He said one of them will simply write out a cheque!
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Number of posts : 158
Age : 59
Localisation : Gloucestershire
Cap Badge : RTR
Places Served : Fallingbostel, Tidworth, Paderborn, Cyprus, Bovington, Hemer, NI, Coltishall, Incirlik, Benson
Registration date : 2007-03-10

PostSubject: Re: Fallingbostel   2/5/2013, 19:36

Wilf wrote:
I cant remember whether this story was Fally or Hohne, but it was a cavalry regiment:

In about...1982 a mate and me were dispatched to collect some silver from an officers mess (Royal Hussars?14/20H?) and take it to the officers mess at Bournemouth barracks Soltau. On arrival at the Hussars mess in Fally or Hohne, the first thing we saw was a green MG sports car smashed into the front doors! We eventually found our way to the tradesmans entrance and after finding a steward we asked about the car smashed through the front doors, then noticed lots of other damage, broken doors, chairs etc. The steward said they [Officers] had a party last evening and were playing polo, the chairs doubled as polo ponies! We asked who was going to pay for all the damage, the steward said the young gentlmen take it in turns at paying for the damage. He said one of them will simply write out a cheque!

It must have been the Royal Hussars as they were in Lumsden Bks 'Falling-Bar-Stool' 1981-88! It would have been put down to high spirits seeing as they were orficers but vandalism/criminal damge if ORs were involved! Have you heard the dit about the Officers Mess of the Light Dragoons over at Schloss Bredebeck at Hohne, that involved a Thunderflash, a dustbin of flour and some drunken orficers?
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PostSubject: Re: Fallingbostel   4/5/2013, 18:44

Soprano 54, one of your postings was 'Benson' I'm thinking what would a tankie be doing at (RAF) Benson! was there another Benson?
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Places Served : Fallingbostel, Tidworth, Paderborn, Cyprus, Bovington, Hemer, NI, Coltishall, Incirlik, Benson
Registration date : 2007-03-10

PostSubject: Re: Fallingbostel   4/5/2013, 19:44

Wilf wrote:
Soprano 54, one of your postings was 'Benson' I'm thinking what would a tankie be doing at (RAF) Benson! was there another Benson?

I was doing a GLO (Ground Liaison Officer) job, ditto for Coltishall and Incirlik! Very Happy
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Localisation : Gloucestershire
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Places Served : Fallingbostel, Tidworth, Paderborn, Cyprus, Bovington, Hemer, NI, Coltishall, Incirlik, Benson
Registration date : 2007-03-10

PostSubject: Re: Fallingbostel   19/5/2013, 19:27

Just for Telmech, I came across these:-



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Number of posts : 11
Age : 63
Localisation : Doncaster
Cap Badge : REME
Places Served : Arborfield, Fallingbostel, Minden, Arborfield again, Marchwood, Osnabruck
Registration date : 2013-04-14

PostSubject: Re: Fallingbostel   21/5/2013, 13:09

Ta for that Soprano. Very Happy

That`s more like how it looked when I was there. Laughing

Love the snap of the dray.
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Places Served : Devizes, HMS Ariel, Winchester, Mönchen-gladbach, Osnabrück, N. Ireland, Ashton-u-Lyne
Registration date : 2010-11-07

PostSubject: Re: Fallingbostel   25/5/2013, 21:37

My only stay in Fallingbostel waw in 1961, when I was attached to the 16th/5th Lancers. We overnighted there in an old German barrack block. We slept on straw palliasses. Very uncomfortable, I can assure you. Next day we went on to Soltau. Happy days!
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Places Served : Arborfield, Fallingbostel, Minden, Arborfield again, Marchwood, Osnabruck
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PostSubject: Re: Fallingbostel   4/9/2013, 12:04

I should think a few of you should remember this.

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Localisation : Gloucestershire
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Places Served : Fallingbostel, Tidworth, Paderborn, Cyprus, Bovington, Hemer, NI, Coltishall, Incirlik, Benson
Registration date : 2007-03-10

PostSubject: Re: Fallingbostel   4/9/2013, 14:03

Telymech wrote:
I should think a few of you should remember this.

http://i.imgur.com/6tjJHQA.jpg

The Fally Mil museum is housed in the first warehouse!


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PostSubject: Re: Fallingbostel   13/5/2015, 17:29

Time to say goodbye...

The chapter of British Army presence in Fallingbostel will be closed soon.
You can assist to the farewell weekend 15th to 17 may 2015.

http://www.badfallingbostel.de/magazin/artikel.php?artikel=247&type=2&menuid=375&topmenu=1
(also available in English).

For all "old boys" it's the last chance to visit the barracks. Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: Fallingbostel   5/8/2016, 20:27

I have enjoyed reading about your experiences in Fallingbostel.I have many happy memories of Fally. I did my national service in the REME at the 7th Armoured Workshops from 1959-61.
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Cap Badge : REME 1975 - 1988
Places Served : Arbourfield, SEME, 16 tank Tptr Sqn, 1 Queens/1 BW LAD, BATUS Wksp, 174 Provo Coy LAD, 27 Command Wksp, 22 AD Regt LAD
Registration date : 2017-01-08

PostSubject: Re: Fallingbostel   12/1/2017, 18:17

Following on from Telymech's post on local hostelries:

I served in Fally from early 1977 to June 1979 & can remember the Zum Feldsloschen very well. I vaguely remember somewhere called Mr Drinks opening up in the town around 1978-79, but I don't think it stayed open that long. I have never been able to find any references to it on any of the various forums..
I also used to go to a bar in Oerbke we called the Alten Post. Haven't got a clue if that was it's real name or not, but quite a few of the guys from 16 Sqn used to get down there for happy hours etc. Not a bad little pub if I remember correctly.
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Places Served : Fallingbostel, Tidworth, Paderborn, Cyprus, Bovington, Hemer, NI, Coltishall, Incirlik, Benson
Registration date : 2007-03-10

PostSubject: Re: Fallingbostel   13/1/2017, 11:42

bikergoth wrote:
Following on from Telymech's post on local hostelries:

I served in Fally from early 1977 to June 1979 & can remember the Zum Feldsloschen very well. I vaguely remember somewhere called Mr Drinks opening up in the town around 1978-79, but I don't think it stayed open that long. I have never been able to find any references to it on any of the various forums..
I also used to go to a bar in Oerbke we called the Alten Post. Haven't got a clue if that was it's real name or not, but quite a few of the guys from 16 Sqn used to get down there for happy hours etc. Not a bad little pub if I remember correctly.

There is an old pic of the Feldschlossen in one of my posts above, the last time I was in 'Falling-Bar-Stool' the building was being used by an insurance firm. You're correct the bar down in Oerbke was called the Alten Post and was later a disco come nightclub called 'Cha Cha's'!
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Cap Badge : REME 1975 - 1988
Places Served : Arbourfield, SEME, 16 tank Tptr Sqn, 1 Queens/1 BW LAD, BATUS Wksp, 174 Provo Coy LAD, 27 Command Wksp, 22 AD Regt LAD
Registration date : 2017-01-08

PostSubject: Re: Fallingbostel   13/1/2017, 14:04

Thanks Soprano, I saw your old photo. Do you have a date on it? Loving the horses working - not a sight you get to see now. Ta for the confirmation on the Alten Post. Along with the Feldschlossen it was one of my regular haunts. A nightclub called 'Cha Cha's though, seriously...?

From what I can remember, Mr Drinks was across the road to the right from the Feldschlossen so looking on Google Earth, (if my memory & geography is correct), it could have been where Aldi's is now. I never went back after 1979 & like everywhere else, so much has changed.

I'll never forget the warehouses at the railhead just up from the autobahn bridge. While I was there, a rumour was going round that they were used to store items taken from the concentration camp victims during the war. Obviously they were all haunted & if you listened you could hear the voices of the victims wailing & calling out. Personally, I never heard a thing & I think it was a story invented to scare inebriated pad's wives on the long walk home from the squadron bar.
Talking of the autobahn bridge, do the Poliezi still sit there waiting to catch unwary squaddies speeding? The buggers caught me in 1977. Never again. Just after that in 1978, there used to be a sign on the barracks side of the bridge that was hidden in the grass & would be put up when the coppers were there, telling everyone to slow down. I don't think the coppers ever clocked it was there.
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