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Robinson Barracks
The nucleus for post War DoD housing areas were usually former Wehrmacht installations. (Adaptive reuses, sort of.) Flandernkaserne in the present case.  The hillside location  is probably accidental. Unclaimed lowland sites just rare. The river arms very much filled out by the sprawling conurban octopus. Some newer housing projects (including the Bauhaus-Weissenhofsiedlung and the SI Millenium Hotel) occupy similar 'watchtower' hilltops.  Scenic backdrop hardly a drawback.  

[Some cities were build form the hilltops downwards, others, like Stuttgart, apparently from the riverbanks upwards. As an aside, downtown Stuttgart had for centuries the reputation of being inundation prone. All those runoff waters from the surrounding vineyards. Culprit: A very minor, arroyo type Neckar contributory -  at present completely covered over. - With some licence: The subway tubes will be flooded but rarely. One reported occurrence.]
Date(s): summer 2005. Photos by aymar55@yahoo.com. 1 - 25 of 25 Total. 4525 Visits.
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Main Gate.  A plaza fountain would have been a nice touch.  The dredged out area still indicates the location of a gas station.

The much higher taxation at local gas stations is maybe a Dawes plan legacy (roughly a general taxation on transportation, rail services were originally targeted). The idea worked so well that it became a cultural heirloom in some parts of the world. A good idea needs no special cause. Variant reading: Maybe it simply has not yet become common knowledge that all reparation and debt payments were canceled in 1931 (Hoover Moratorium), for France as well as for Germany that is. France relied on the reparations for her own debt payments. No other connection. Fictitious dismall speech: Shake hands and let that be a lesson for you both. In petto: Spoiled brats.  I wonder if they will ever learn. - General gas station lore: Underbidding by small European nations with extended catchment areas is still somewhat of an issue.

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AFN tower. Some terrestrial transmissions for on the economy housing.

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Walking the brand new Commissary

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The non incorporated side of RB. Plenty of room for supernumerary building lots. - Where zoning laws were frozen forever.

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Caltrop shaped road blocks in aposematic coloring (roughly, bee striped). Conjectural: On temporary loan from a North Sea dyke. Henry Moore angle, some sculptural appeal.

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The new perimeter fence. Burgholzhof to the left, remaining RB to the right. Hope I got it right.

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Burgholzhof extension
The old Wehrmachts buildings have been razed, including the old PX (ironically just after an extensive overhaul). Will have permitted a better utilization of the available space. Still remarkable how many appartement 'insula' have been crammed in.

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Burgholzhof extension
Not sure if the sexy pink Ipod color is enough to save it.

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RB vicinity
the Martians have landed. (Just a slightly futuristic Weather station.)

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RB vicinity,  Green Man
The freight train line to Kornwestheim. It tunnels the Schnarrenberg under the weather station. Background chimney, combustion plant Müllhausen.

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RB vicinity
reasonably littered recreation area

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RB vicinity
Tilia cordata + Lasiommata megera
Littleleaf Lime tree rather than Largeleaf Linden. Carpal number per aerodynamic leaf-stem 5 or higher. Count 8 in the present case. Some plant books claim that with twice the number of spigots there will also be twice the amount of secreted nectar. Will keep my own counsel in this one.

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RB vicinity
Tow truck. True antique or just extended shelf life. Am no expert in this field.

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RB vicinity
The Robert Bosch Hospital on the next hilltop.

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RB vicinity
green forest view

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Wallace-and-McGee-Barracks, Hallschlag
Formerly Dragonerkaserne. Woud be an interesting dig. Built on the very site of a former Roman cavalry castellum. Served as center for counter intelligence or something of that nature until everybody lost interest in counter intelligence in this part of the world. - Hill summit, Burgholzhof.

[The original garrison, the ala I Scubulorum, was subsequently posted in Welzheim. A rather modest redeployment. Faded inscription in the original pinball lounge: No tilting and no Bactrian gold coins please. -  (Will probably also hold for Canadian silver dollars.) Some suspicious scuff marks.

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5th-General-Hospital, Cannstatt
lawn mower protected. A location directly under a pylon might also work.

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5th-General-Hospital, Cannstatt

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5th-General-Hospital, Cannstatt
Yellow hydrant. Looks somewhat out of place but locally produced.

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5th-General-Hospital, Cannstatt
JFK pine

The Army Hospital seems to have served among other things as maternity hospital for the greater Stuttgart area. One of the buildings was WAC related. Mainly nurses I would guess. (The terminology will be obsolete.) There are reportedly fair sized indoor swimming facilities but these may already have been in existence by the time it was taken over. No generalization is possible.

There are few outward signs of its previous special zone status.  A Penny discount store is now located just to the left of the entrance.  Local police are also present. (Could be just apartments for single cops.) Two whole blocks without a single window decoration. The present hospital specializes in orthopedic surgery. Maybe some tradition.

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5th-General-Hospital, Cannstatt
JFK pine

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Tom Miller's Bookstore

No inauguration plate but the bookstore dates back to the early 70ties. Rumor has it that is all started with some overflowing cardboard boxes.

Location: Stuttgart-Sonnenberg, (next to Vaihingen), opposite the municipal Swimming Pool. Open only on Saturdays. Mainly fiction. Trade ins accepted.

[Books which display the somewhat superannuated War Department publishing insignia will be donations (technically loans) to the local school system and will have entered the second hand market via the discard bin (twice discarded so to speak).]

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Tom Miller's Bookstore
well stocked but somewhat picked over

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Patch Barracks
Patch Barracks, the former Kurmärker Kaserne. An old tank track through the Bernhart forest still exists. The barracks was  briefly occupied by France Libre forces at the end of the war. Occasionally there was some farce. No actual fighting took place during the occupation of Stuttgart. A French newsreel (possibly Pathé) did however show well choreographed combat in front of one of the better known local landmarks, the colonnaded New Castle. (I just hope they did hand out only blanks.) The subsequent shift of the demarcation line was a high level decision. (Some non staged fighting took place around Freudenstadt.)

The NATO headquarters are in Mons, Belgium (SHAPE). I find it  difficult to distinguish clearly between USAREUR, Campbell Barracks, Heidelberg, and US-EUCOM, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart Vaihingen. Both seem to serve as task force headquarters for operations inside and outside of Europe. EUCOM should technically included all armed services. Not even sure about t...

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Patch Barracks

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