94th Engineer Battalion Nellingen Barracks Germany 1970

                                                                                                             94. Pionier Battalion Nellingen Barracks 1970

 

 

 

  SP- 5 Bob Falk                   

 

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Im Juni dieses Jahres (2010) hat mich Soldat Bob Falk auf Grund meiner Webseite entdeckt. Bob kam 23jährig 1970 mit dem 94. Pionier Battalion in die Nellingen Barracks. Er war der Battalions Fotograf seiner Einheit und war somit die Hauptaufgabe in Nellingen. Er diente das gesamte Jahr 1970 in Nellingen. Leider waren alle geschossenen Fotos Eigentum der Army und hat selbst kaum welche gemacht. Aber ein paar sind doch übrig geblieben.

Bob Falk erzählte mir von unzähligen Arbeitsstunden in der Dunkelkammer im Hauptquartier. 1970 hat das 94.Pionier Battalion viel Geld und Zeit in die Renovierung des EM-Clubs (Soldatenclub) investiert. Kurz vor der großen Wiedereröffnung wurde Bob dorthin bestellt um den Club fototechnisch historisch festzuhalten. Als er die Fotos am nächsten Morgen in der Dunkelkammer entwickeln wollte, stellte man fest, das in der Nacht eine Heizungspanne stattfand und somit alle tollen Fotos auf Grund der großen Hitze zerstört waren.

Herr Falk erklärte mir, dass alle Armee Fotografen die Erlaubnis hatten, einen 45er Militär Colt zu tragen und wurde auch darin ausgebildet. Ein Gewehr in der Hand wäre einfach als Fotograf störend gewesen. Bob Falk unternahm auch Ausflüge nach Bayern. Zum Beispiel einen Winterurlaub in Garmisch, das besuchen vom Münchner Oktoberfest oder viele Spaziergänge durch Stuttgart. Er war sehr gerne in Deutschland. Heutzutage lebt Bob Falk im U.S. Bundesstaat New York und ist 63 Jahre alt.

 

Viele Grüße nach New York von – Billy – Oktober 2010

 

Bob Falk Stuttgart 1970

Bob Falk Self Portrait 1970 / See more Details in email Nr. 3

Bob Falk in der Battalions Dunkelkammer 1970

Bob Falk Stuttgart 1970

   Parking Lot Nellingen Kaserne 1970 of my Buddies wrecked VW Volkswagen

Parking Lot Nellingen Kaserne 1970 of my Buddies wrecked VW Volkswagen

Barbed Wire Picture just outside Nellingen Kaserne Summer 1970

Bob Falk´s Foto am Stacheldrahtzaun der Kaserne Sommer 1970

                  Orchard just outside of Nellingen Kaserne / Obstwiese gleich außerhalb der

                                                   Nellingen Kaserne Sommer 1970

Bob Falk in Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1970

Bob Falk in Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1970

Bob Falk in Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1970

                  

Oktoberfest München 1970

Oktoberfest München 1970

Oktoberfest München 1970

 

Original Comment of Bob Falk:

 

Email 1:

 

Billy,

the sad story is that I was the Battalion photographer for the 94th engineers but don't have many pictures of my own to show for it. All the black and white negatives were left in the darkroom and was property of the 94th engineers. The darkroom was on the second floor of the 94th HQ building on the left facing the building here is a funny sad story. The 94th spent a lot of money fixing up the NCO club in 1970. They wanted me to work on a weekend taking pictures of the grand opening ceremony. I went over to the club with my camera equipment and took lots of pictures inside and outside of the ribbon cutting ceremony. Afterwards, I wanted to see how the pictures came out so went back to the darkroom to develop them. I looked at the negatives and the pictures were fabulous. The ribbon was caught falling in mid air, everything looked great. I next put the film in the sink to wash thoroughly and left for the rest of the weekend. I came in on Monday. Now the heat in the darkroom was faulty. The radiator would come on full blast and not go off. The room would get up into the 90s in the winter. So the room and water in the wash sink was very warm. I reached into the sink to pull the negatives out. The entire emulsion just slid right off

the film and was destroyed. A good lesson learned that I had not thought of. No one ever asked to see the pictures and I got out of the Army

two weeks later. I bet the 94th and every other battalion still has the pictures taken by the Bn photographers. These would be official documents that could

not be tossed out. You should write to the HQ of every unit stationed at Nellingen asking if their archives contain these photos Nellingen.

Just a thought. I now live in upstate NY.

 

Bob Falk June 2010

 

Email 2: Bob Falk -Beer Story- Juli 2010

 

Billy,

You asked about drinking German Beer in a guesthouse and going to Esslingen. Here is a funny story I remember.

One night we were sitting around bored with my medic friends (the guy in the picture with the wrecked Volkswagen.) We decided we wanted a beer. So my medic friend says lets go. Well we had no passes to leave post so we all wondered what he was up to. We walked outside where he had the ambulance parked. He told us all to get in the back. We did, but it was set up with stretcher racks for injured people so we got on the stretchers and he drove out the gate past the guard with his emergency flashing lights on. The guard waved us past without ever looking in the back. He thought it was an emergency and the driver was transporting a patient. So the driver speeds up and I remember hitting some bumps (possibly railroad tracks or something and my stretcher came out of the rack and crashes to the floor. It hurt like hell and I wondered what if a truly injured person was on that stretcher. It could have made them a lot worse. So, next we finally pull up in front of the guest house

in Esslingen and we all pile out and go in and drink beer. This is when someone said, Hey, try this, and it turned out to be my first Berliner Weiss. After we had enough beer and good time we piled back into the ambulance and he drove us back to the Nellingen base with lights flashing and the guard waves us right back in without looking in the back. This shows you what a GI will go through for a German Beer.

 

Bob Falk

 

Email 3:

 

Billy, this is a self portrait I took one day when I was bored. I told you about the darkroom and how hot it would get. It is probably 90 degrees

in there when I took this picture. That is why I have my shirt open. I was 23 years old at the time. I am now 63.

Bob Falk

 

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