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I know it’s been a while. The summer has taken its toll as usual. I didn’t get the chance to run off to cooler zones for any length of time, so maybe next year. I’ve had a bit of financial woes as well but enough of that
Picking up where I left off.
How about a little history...
Extracted from the Sky Blazer 1970 as it was written then…
Bitburg is a bustling town of about 11,000 people. It is an important center of transportation in the
It was not always been such, however for the towns history is long and turbulent. Almost 2000 years of marching armies and political upheaval have left their marks on the area.
Bitburg was settled about 200 B.C. by the Celts who built a fort which they called Beda on the hilltop where the city hall now stands. Since they traded with the neighboring tribe, the Treverer of Trier, there was a road from Beda to
The Romans came in about51 B.C. to begin an occupation which lasted until 400 A.D. They built a road to
Beda was the main town in the surrounding area and the Romans tried to make it a cultural canter by building a small theater and villas. They fortified Beda by building a wall and 13 round towers around the town. A section of the wall may still be seen today.
When the Romans withdrew, the franks from the east of the
Along with the Franks came a new method of agriculture, the three-field crop rotation system, with increased crop production in the
Frankish documents are rare, but one such document from the 715 refers to Bitburg as the fortified city of
When Charlemagne died the Frankish empire was divided and the Bitburg area became the subject of continuous warfare among various German princes and
In 1260 Bitburg was granted the rights of a free city which meant considerable freedom in the political and administrative matters with only a general allegiance to the Count of Luxembourg.
At this time
Spanish rule meant a time of war and plagues for Bitburg During the so called 30 years war in the 17th century the Eifel region was a battle ground for the Spanish, Austrian French, Dutch and Swedish armies. A Swedish army laid siege to Bitburg in 1632 fir several months but gave up when a group of boys dressed in goat skins ran about the city walls making it appear that the towns people had plenty of meat.
The town was not so lucky1667 when the French marshal
From1714 to 1795 Bitburg came under the rule of
World War I was hard on the Bitburg, 110 local soldiers died in
After the war Bitburg and the rest of
In 1952 the American 36th came to Bitburg to start its base on what had been farmland and became the latest in the long line of military forces to post in the area.
The above article was in my memoir files and has been keep sake since.
To continue... My Life as I remember It
So we paid a visit to my Grand Parents in
I later was given presents from my Grand Parents. Two GI JOE’s one French resistance soldier and one German commander, both the most unique in nature that was ever made by the Hasbro co. for the collection. (Later I was also given a Chinese GI Joe Soldier as well.) These editions carried the facial features of the people in the each respected region but also to include was the infamous scar across the cheek. I can’t express the meaning of these gifts for a young boy of my era. Many moments of thought and introspective reasoning went into this new emotion of coming to terms with cultures of the world and prospective soldiers in full military dress.
We spent some very wrenching tearful moments with our Grand Parents and family as we prepared to leave for a three year tour out of the
The next I remember was getting on and taking off for the first time in a jet plane, as I listened to the pre roar of the engines winding up and the release to gain maximum speed, I felt a new sensation of the G force press against my cheek bones and chest. We kept going faster and faster down the runway suddenly lifting off in a mechanical float and then watching the city of El Paso turn into the tiny bustle of micro cars, streets, desert plants, and mountainous terrain as we ascended into the puffy clouds and bright shiny sun. We had several stops and plane changes as we made our way across the States. In particular
I remember watching the Sun Set as we took off into the orange and blue sky and seeing the massive ocean turn from a dark blue to black which ever increasingly turned blacker and blacker outside enveloping the entire plane. Not a star to be seen; when our attention was drawn to the flight attendants who were called stewardesses back then and these ladies dressed in tight skirts and Go Go boots. They were all so very friendly and they spoke with slight German accents. They said your assimilation to German culture starts here and by the time we reach the
The above picture is me as a boy in Germany some where on the outskirt of the city of Bitburg. My Mother sent home this shot to my Grand Mother saying that life was a bit rough in our new home but we were slowly getting use to the change. But she wasn't sure how I was doing. I don't remember having this shot taken at all. If you look in the windows you'll start to see ghosts and a tiny angel hovers in the center. Who knows what story this house holds but I think...
The little house is haunted and was once owned by Ronnie James Dio. Later on Led Zeppelin took a shot of the Hermit (with the sticks on his back) for the Zolo LP from a picture on the wall. Just Kidding...
My Life as I Remember It.
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