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Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
(1945?)

American headquarters at Bremen,   pp. 53-55 PDF (760.3 KB)


Page 53

Speaking of equipment, he told us the British were in a bad
way for commercial planes after the war, as they had manu-
factured principally fighter planes, while we, the Americans, had
manufactured bombers and large aircraft which could be con-
verted into commercial carriers. He said he would sell every
pound of equipment to the Belgians and give nothing away. Tell-
ing of the returning American prisoners of war, who are referred
to as "ramps", he said their service records were lost and that
AWOLs were mixed in with the released boys, and there were some
85,000 of these. He told of the difficulty in feeding these liberated
American boys. Immediately upon their release, he said, they
demanded steaks and other coveted meats they had not seen. The
doctors had found that such a diet would, and did, kill some of
the boys, so they were placed on a baby diet of chicken broth,
strained foods, etc. This caused great discontent among them,
and all were waiting the day when they could "tear into" a big
steak and French fried potatoes.
Motoring to the Brussels airport, we departed at 12:20 p.m.
for Bremen. We flew up through Nijmegen, the scene of heavy
fighting last December; crossed the Waal River, and proceeded
westward, crossing the Rhine at Emmerich, which is completely
devastated.
American Headquarters at Bremen
The farms beneath us, as always, looked perfectly manicured.
We flew in a northwesterly direction cutting off a corner of Hol-
land, entering Germany again at Schuttorf, continuing on to
badly-damaged Bremen.
Col. Daley, of Chicago, met us and motored us to the head-
quarters of the Bremen enclave. Bremen, including Bremer-
haven, is in the American zone of occupation-a zone about
90 miles long and 30 miles wide with a railroad running down
the southern part. Eventually it will become the sole port
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