W2RES Trip to Germany

Here is a selection of photos from our trip to Germany

Munich Altes Rathaus (Old City Hall)

Hofbrau Haus in Munich

My sons and I at the Augustiner Beer hall

Elvis' BMW 507 at the BMW museum

Two Enigma coding machines from WW II (one three wheel and one four wheel) at the Deutches Museum in Munich

Me with an example of my "first PC"  an IBM 360/20
at the Deutches Museum in Munich
(I was Chief of Systems and Programming for an Army IBM 360/50 running the Army Standard Supply System in Thailand in 1969)

Here is a picture I just got that my son took of me having lunch at the Viktualienmarkt in Munich

The former Inter-German border (the "Iron Curtain") This was the drive path for the East German patrols between the fences.
When the border was opened up, they took some of the old fence material to construct the Stations of the Cross

Point Alpha near Fulda Germany. This was one of three observation points the West used to warn of a Warsaw Pact invasion of Western Europe during the Cold War. It was manned by the US 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Wartberg Castle in Thuringia (formerly part of East Germany)

The room at the Wartberg where Martin Luther translated the New Testament to German

Optibeam factory near Pforzheim Germany

Me with Tom (DF2BO) founder and president of Optibeam

Schloss (Castle) Heidelberg. It was destroyed during the Thirty Years War
It is "burned" with fireworks every year to commemorate that event
(It seems strange that they celebrate a defeat!)

Where I used to work as a General Staff Officer at Headquarters US Army Europe in Heidelberg.
Campbell Barracks has been returned to the German Government and is now a construction site

Where we used to live in Heidelberg (Patrick Henry Village)
This end of the base is now abandoned. The other end is being used for refugee processing.

An Air France Concord on display at the Sinsheim Technick Museum. You can climb up the spiral staircase to tour the plane.

Tupolev TU-144 Russian copy of the Concord (the "Concordski")
You can also go aboard this. There were many other planes displayed from a JU88 trimotor passenger plane to a DC3

Russian Buran space shuttle on display at the Speyer museum