Still Standing in Moenchengladbach

Posted: November 8, 2017 in 1945, Germany, Men of the 111th Ordnance Company

When the 111th left Alsdorf, Germany, on March 4, 1945, and moved 36 miles northwest to what was then called Munchen-Gladbach, Germany, the men took up quarters in several apartment buildings near their new shop area (a former local police complex that had recently been used by S.S. troops).

We learned a couple of years ago that the particular apartment building my father lived in is still there and is still an apartment building. The other day we heard from a new blog friend, Antonio, who lives in that city. He told us that he lived in that building until recently and offered to take a photo of it, from the same angle as my dad’s photo 72 years ago. Here is what he sent:

monchengladbach apt bdlg today

Here is my dad’s photo:

img210 Our home at Munchen Gladbach, Germany, Spring 1945

Thanks, Antonio! My dad and his buddies would be amazed.

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Comments
  1. MICHAEL MACCHIAROLO says:

    That is very interesting, Andrea. Did all of the 11th live there? Do you know what is on the side of the building? Maybe advertisements? I’m just curious.

    Pat

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    • Andrea says:

      Hi, Pat! No, the information I have said that the men, about 160 of them, lived in several apartment buildings in the area. I asked Antonio what the signs are, and here is what he replied: “The owner of the apartment is the owner of the gym that is behind the house, so it’s about the gym. In the building as well are offices of a magazine (same owner).”

  2. LOUISE BROOKS says:

    Looks exactly the same!

  3. Antonio says:

    You’re welcome Andrea, pretty happy I found your blog! 🙂

  4. StephieD says:

    Very cool…ahh the stories that buildings could tell!!

  5. Andrea says:

    That’s for sure!

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