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Former military bases (was Green Goose)
Posted by Nick B (ex-ErlangerNick) on 2020-05-27 08:42:42
The US Army tank base was given back to the city of Erlangen in 93 or 94. It was then meticulously developed into Siemens facilities, residential and other commercial use. Where our townhouse/rowhouse/Reihenhaus stood was previously a massive slab of concrete where tanks were parked. It would certainly have been a target for tactical nuclear weapons, if not longer-range missiles planted in the USSR.

I used to wonder if there wasn't some forgotten Soviet missile, programmed for Willy-Brandt-Strasse 16 somewhere in Russia. 

Post-WWII barracks were renovated into cheap housing, and older, 19th-century cavalry buildings were developed into posh housing.

The woods a couple hundred metres from our 'hood, at the edge of town, are heavily used for recreation. There are signs up warning of buried munitions, and not to stray from the trails. They used to conduct exercises with live ammo in there, from which there are a number of concrete slabs remaining in the woods. 

And there are what look like old missile bunkers in there. They're still fenced in, but not actively guarded, of course. I don't know how to find out if there ever were missiles stationed there. Anyone? 

They could be bunkers for something else, I guess, or maybe they were used for exercises, pretending they were Soviet targets.

I miss those woods. Heck, being in flat Florida now, I miss even the little bits of hills we had there.

                               Former military bases (was Green Goose) by Nick B (ex-ErlangerNick) on  2020-05-27 08:50:06
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