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

Sights in Antwerp,   pp. 50-52 PDF (729.4 KB)

In Brussels and Bremen,   pp. 52-53 PDF (487.1 KB)

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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.
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.

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