Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
In Brussels and Bremen, pp. 52-53 PDF (487.1 KB)
dump of thousands of tons of ammunition. Noel Vincent met us and invited us to dine with him at the RAF Officer's Club, located in a palace once owned by the Rothschilds. Motoring there, we noticed that everyone walks-no vehicles other than Army equip. ment. The delightful dinner in the fine RAF mess cost our host 20c. In Brussels and Bremen Saturday, August 4. Up early, toured and inspected Brussels. Breakfast in the mess at the Palace Hotel: sausage, tomatoes and tea. Visited the Guild Hall, the famous building of Brussels, and also saw the grand palaces of the king. Everywhere on the streets one sees charming flower stands. Visited the fountain place of the famous mannequin. Did not have time to go out to the famous battlefield of Waterloo, 15 miles away. Saw the Palace of Jus- tice which the Germans destroyed by fire. Visited Leopold's palace with its garden of gracefully-interwoven trees, and went to the superb Royal Theatre. The American mess hall is underground in an uncompleted railroad station that was being built before the war, similar to the underground installation of Grand Central in New York. The officer in charge told us that they were feeding 5,000 American leave troops per day. Huge steam kettles; enormous amounts of food being consumed by our soldiers. Brussels is a popular spot for all G.I.s on leave. Reporting to the office of General Koenig, with whom we were to have lunch, I noticed a chart which-reported 60 cases of infantile paralysis in Brussels in the last week-the plague had increased from 10 cases the week before. At General Koenig's luncheon, he expressed his views that sol- diers should be taught morality; they should not be allowed to smoke or drink, and should be made to go to church. 52
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