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Berlin Various
 
 
The above picture taken on 4 July 1945 shows the entry of troops into Berlin of the 7th Armoured Division, led by the 11th Hussars, the famous "Desert Rats" who had travelled with them from El Alamein, to Berlin, via Benghazi, Tripoli, Tunis, Sicily, Italy, Normany, Belgium and Holland. Major General LD Lyne CB, DSO, COG 7th Armoured Division and commander of the British forces in Berlin took the salute as his troops entered the city. 
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Another photograph realeased for the press in 1945 showing the HQ for 7th Armoured Division and British Troops
Berlin (notice the early formation sign without the words "Berlin").
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Theodore Heuss Platz ( previously known as Adolf Hitler Platz then Reichskanzler Platz ) in Charlottenburg, West Berlin - 1950. To the right of this picture can be seen Summit House wich was the main British NAAFI for Berlin. Left of shot was Edinburgh House, the British Services Hotel. Summit House was vacated in 1991 and the NAAFI was moved to the newly completed Britania Centre that had been built adjacent to Smuts Barracks on the site of the former Spandau prison.
Ex 22205445 Trooper Pat Howlett. "A" Squadron RHG 1950-54.
 
Berlin NAAFI Club - 1963.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
 
The  NAAFI at Ernst-Reuter-Platz (see below), called Adolf Hitler Platz during the Nazi rule, the NAAFI and picture house would have been to the right of the Signa iduna building, and Edinburgh house would have been to the left of the Signa building - June 2008.
Courtesy of Mr Graham de wey Peters, 1st Bn Grenadier Guards  
I`ve entered your site by chance and found it very interesting. I`m a German citizen of the city of Berlin. I`m interested in the history of the West-Allied Forces in Berlin in general. I`ve got to the `Berlin Various´ Site and have to confess that there`s a false subtitle under Picture No. 5 (as seen from above). It shows the Ernst-Reuter-Platz (with a stopping Taxi in front) and not the Theodor-Heuss-Platz. The former NAAFI-Building still exists at Theodor-Heuss-Platz. Theodor-Heuss-Platz is approximately 5Km West from the place where this picture was taken. Just straight away the Bismarckstrasse. So if anybody plans a journey to their former Serving Place looking for some memories. The NAAFI-House is still there - nowadays used as a Office-Building.
Information courtesy of Herr Sven Brauner, February 2013  
 
  Braunschweig (Brunswick as the British  refer to it) Hauptbahnhof.  This was where the British troops would begin their 145 mile rail journey east - next stop being Berlin.
Courtesy of R.W. Rynerson.
 
More info on the British Military Train can be found by clicking here.
 
The British Military Train being towed by a  Deutschen Bahn locomotive, 1969.
Courtesy of R.W. Rynerson.
 
A handout/time table given to British Troops can be viewed here.
 
Charlottenburg Bahnhof, 1969.
Courtesy of R.W. Rynerson
 
 
Charlottenburg Bahnhof, 1969.
Courtesy of R.W. Rynerson
 
Charlottenburg Bahnhof car park, 1969.
Courtesy of R.W. Rynerson
 
NAAFI Club - 1950
Ex 22205445 Trooper Pat Howlett. "A" Squadron RHG 1950-54
 
I enlisted on 2 June 1962 and did my basic training in Fullwood Barracks, Preston. I joined the King's Regiment in Berlin in September 1962. We were stationed at Wavell Barracks and I was part of the King's regimental guard of honour for President John F Kennedy on 26 June 1963, at Tegel Airport, Berlin.
The Regiment also guarded Spandau prison when Hess, Speer, and Von Shirach were being held there.
I was sent back to the UK to help start the first King's Regiment Army youth team, which involved giving film shows and taking cadets and youth clubs camping. I was the Driver Projectionist.
I rejoined the Regiment in may 1965 in Ballykinlar Nr Ireland, but was disabled out of the Army in September 1965.
Picture and text courtesy of Mr Glyn Griffiths
 
The Brandenburger Tor - 1951. Amazing to think that the Wall would run just in front of this gate only ten years later.
Courtesy of Ex 22205445 Trooper Pat Howlett. "A" Squadron RHG 1950-54
 
 
When the RAC Armoured Sqn based in Berlin went on it's annual exercise to Soltau & Hohne it was always replaced by another Sqn from a Regt based in West Germany. In 1986 A Squadron 1 RTR spent 6 weeks in the city covering for 14/20H. The above photograph shows 4 Troop A Sqn 1 RTR by the Brandenburg Gate. The Berlin Wall is also visible.
Photo and text courtesy of Mr Tony Hart, ex 1 RTR. 
 
The RMPs keeping a watchful eye on the neighbours.
 
The three photos below were supplied by the owner of the website of The 14th/20th Kings Hussars and its subscribers.
Charlottenburg Train Station. Used by the British Military Train.
Many a troop arrived at Berlin by this means of transport.
 
A sign post from one of the pads estates.
 
Darby Strasse
 
We couldn't leave this one out; Checkpoint Charlie, 1984.
Courtesy of Mr Andrew Kaye.
 
The British Sector and Tiergarten as viewed from the air, 1969.
Courtesy of R.W. Rynerson
 
A view across the wall. British Sector, 1969.  
Courtesy of R.W. Rynerson
 
A look into the east from above the British Sector, 1961. Only on visiting the city could you appreciate the full impact of this photo.
 
Soviet War Memorial, British Sector 1969. The barrier in front was set up after a neo-Nazi shot the Soviet soldier who was on guard duty, hoping to disrupt the Four Power Talks that were underway.
Courtesy of R.W. Rynerson
 
Me about to go on guard at the Russian war memorial - 1962.
Courtesy of Mr Glyn Griffiths
Soviet War Memorial - 1962.
Courtesy of Mr Glyn Griffiths
 
Soviet War Memorial as can be seen today.
 
The Briitsh Guard Room which formed part of the Soviet War Memorial.
 
I was in 247 Pro Coy RMP between 1984 and 1986. I've definately got some photos from there of me a lot younger and a lot thinner on duty there. They are taken at Charlie and I've some from the Wall Patrol we operated along the Brit Sector of the wall. These include one or two of me stood on top of the Reichstag (the tower at the rear right which has the German NAtional flag flying from a bloody grat flag pole on the roof, was used by RMP as an OP). It was a complete bugger to gte up to, but the view was one that very few people ever got to see. I'll get digging later this week. Jeez mate, the memories are just flooding back. If I could turn back time, it would be to 1984. Sh*te music, sh8te sense of dress, crap chat uplines but what the f*ck,Berlin was the posting. They posted me to Minden after it. No wonder I was p*ssed off. I was on duty at Charlie one night in 1985, when one of the Commodores (after Lional Ritchie had left them) came up to the window for a chat. I had no idea who he was, but I did see his mates doing lots of high 5's with the SPAMs. ANyway, I was going off at midnight and leaving a lass on her own so had to show her the ropes concerning the Occurrence book etc. Your man knocks on the window and asks how we were. I said I'm fine but I'm busy so if you don't mind mate, cheerio. The lass with me recognised him staight away and tried to draw my attention to his 'stardom'. I told her to shut up and listen as I was being picked up by the transport in minutes few. My only claim to fame that was. F*cking one of the Commodores off at Checkpoint Charlie. I watched them make the '4th Protocol' down in what was the restricted zone in front of the Soviet War Memorial. Your man Michael Caine was sound. He served in Berlin with what was 7 RRF (Brooke or Wavell, can't remember which he said). Vanessa Redgrave (I think that's who his co-star was) was a miserable stuck up cow. Never uttered a word to us. CAine was sound though. Very friendly lad. Jeremy Hands the reporter bought me a brew and a bockwurst roll from the Red Shield wagon. Yep, that was me rubbing shoulders with the high life. I was name dropping for years after that. Never did my acting aspirations any good though. I ended up doing nearly 25 yrs in the mob. I'm going back to Berlin next year. It's one place I really do miss. Then again,I also miss Hohne ranges.....I've become quite sad really now in my mid 40's.
JT
 
Check Point Bravo
 
 
Checkpoint Charlie is behind the photographer. Taken in 1969.
 
The Americans got very jumpy and walking along the wall could end you up in between the two checkpoints, effectively in no mans land! They politely suggested we move away for our own safety. Taken in 1969.
Photographs courtesy of John Morris