Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
American headquarters at Bremen, pp. 53-55 PDF (760.3 KB)
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 53
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