An Anniversary

berlinwall2_thumbNot only that but we missed it. twenty-five years ago on 3 October 1990, the Deutsche Demokratische Republik ceased to exist as the two pieces of Germany left over from World War Two reunited. You’ll remember that the French, British and American Zones had combined to form the Federal Republic of Germany, and to form the bulwark of NATO for all those years between 7 October 1949 and the end of the Cold war.

After the war the Russians had caused many disruptions between the two pieces of Germany, such as blocking treaty Guaranteed access to the western Zones in Berling, leading to the Berlin Airlift, where the city was supplied for most of a year by the US and Royal Air Forces. Ultimately to keep their people from escaping to the west, the Berlin Wall was built, and maintained until it fell in the fall of 1989, after at least 173 people had died trying to reach the west.

Great Satan’s Girlfriend reminds us

The Berlin Wall had fallen less than a year earlier, a dissolution that immediately — within 48 hours — saw 2 million people pour into the western-friendly West from the communist-supported East.Since then, a unified Germany has become a driving force in the European Union, as well as the region’s largest and most powerful economy and political voice. In recent months, Germany was a leader on the world stage over Greece’s debt situation and Europe’s swelling migrant crisis. Germany has offered to take in large numbers of Syrian and other refugees on a scale matched only by similarly left-leaning and liberal Sweden.There used to be considerable differences between the East and West: in life expectancy, productivity, joblessness, wages, skills, political affiliation and access to goods.The economies of Germany’s eastern states are still relatively weak compared to those in the western part of the country — where banks, carmakers and other major employers have their headquarters — but those gaps have steadily closed.

Continue reading Reunification Day.

In other news from Germany, The Daily Mail says

Four major car manufacturers were dragged into the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal last night after Government-funded research revealed that their engines are emitting toxic fumes at up to seven times the legal limit.

British researchers tested hundreds of new diesel cars on UK roads and found that popular brands including BMW, Ford, Mazda and Mercedes, as well as Volkswagen and Audi, all emitted levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) far higher than the limits required to pass European tests.

Last night, the researchers said the huge discrepancy between real-world diesel emissions and the legal limits set by the European Commission was ‘extremely concerning’ – and suggested that Volkswagen was not alone in finding ways to pass laboratory tests.

Like Maetenloch over at Ace’s, I wonder if anyone is meeting the NOx standards, or if they are even doable, it wouldn’t be the first time government demanded the impossible, or at least something that made the product essentially worthl;ess.

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In a troubling and ‘totally unexpected’ development, Germany is have something of a rape epidemic, both in the refugee camps and amongst native German women and girls. What isn’t surprising is that it is being kept very quiet to avoid ‘anti-immigrant feelings’. I can’t help but wonder why the two things would be connected. /s

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14 Responses to An Anniversary

  1. One of my older cousins who flew in the RAF, made seaplanes landings in the Berlin Airlift, to the river Havel (as I have been told, near Berlin) over 300 days as I remember from history, (1948-49).

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    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Gatow

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, coal delivered by air freight, C-47s (DC-3s) mostly. pretty amazing.

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      • the unit says:

        And some of those old workhorses still flying. Have a internet friend who has one. I’ll have to look up his website and link. I flew one commercial in about ’56, Kansas City to New Orleans.
        Captain invited this teen in the front cockpit to see the country side and the goings on. It was great. Internet friend in your old stomping grounds and born a Brit. 🙂

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        • Btw, here’s a story, I too got to fly in and jump from (parachute) the OV-10 in the Nam. Just to correct the story a bit, there was no co-pilot for the OV-10 Bronco, the rear-seat was early a Naval-Marine Flight Officer (NFO), who then was called an aerial-observer. But just a great aircraft! Mostly used in the Nam, for Forward Air Control, i.e. Observation and Naval gunfire and artillery, for grunts, spl. ops and of course recon. But of course the USMC did arm and use them for close support!

          http://home.hiwaay.net/~magro/phildaub.html

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        • NEO says:

          I remember the Bronco, think USAF had some as well, the pilots seemed to like them, which is always a good thing. I suppose at least compared to O-1s and o-2s at least.

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        • the unit says:

          Here’s link…http://www.douglasdc3.com/
          P.S. better like Van Halen and guitars if you ‘friend.’
          Just kidding, he knows I can only play a comb lined with tissue paper and hummm a lot, nothing concerning Huma. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Sounds like a good man to know, in more ways than one! 🙂

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        • Yes, the OV-10 Bronco was head and shoulders above the old O-1’s and 2’s, and the Navy with the Marine Corps used them for Forward Air Control, but too with some for night sensor work, and of course for some light-attack aspect. The Air Force mainly used the Bronco for only Forward Air Control. They sure could have used them for the 03 Gulf War, they even thought about re-making a new version. From what I have heard from some Marine Corps aviators (that flew them) is that the jet turbo-prop engines were somewhat under-powered? But I loved flying in that rear-seat a few times, besides a few jumps! One thing again, is that it could not ditch in the water, I don’t think a pilot ever survived a water ditch, and but one rear seat man once?

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  2. the unit says:

    I could not have told you what day it was the Berlin Wall came down, but I remember the day. For totally different reasons than 9/11. I don’t remember what time of day I heard it either. But at the time I was leaving work either to go home for lunch or the work day had ended and I was walking across the parking lot to my car. I had grown up since grade school seeing bomb shelter signs on my schoolhouse. I felt a powerful euphoric like feeling come across me, behold the world is at peace.
    Man, was I ever in for a surprise!

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, but it still felt awfully good to win that one!

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      • the unit says:

        Yeppers, feelings not just reserved for the left. I don’t think they felt so good then.
        Hope more hope and change gives them more bad feelings. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Indeed!

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