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posted on July 1st, 2016 at 12:02 PM
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I may have posted some of these before but just found an old album so I thought a second time couldn't do any harm. My dad (the guy in the photo with the door open)worked for the British Control Commision at the end of the war when the British were the only people allowed to use VWs. The bloke with the lederhosen is their German driver and the germans were so in the crap so to put it my dad and his mates bought him the Zundapp motorbike and sidecar. The one outside the hotel was in Belgium outside what was Goerings' HQ. My dad is still alive and lives in Noosa but all his memories have gone due to dementia and alzheimers,it's so sad when you look at the pics and think of all the things his eyes have seen.

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posted on July 1st, 2016 at 12:04 PM



They came out a tad bigger than I expected :kiss:
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posted on July 1st, 2016 at 06:11 PM



Thanks for posting.

Sorry that your dad has to suffer from dementia/alzheimers.
Also hard for you and the family to see no doubt.
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posted on July 1st, 2016 at 06:22 PM



Thanks for sharing. Did your dad tell you any stories of his time there before dementia set in?

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posted on July 1st, 2016 at 08:17 PM



Fantastic photos, thanks for posting. I think historic photos like this are priceless.
We need to remember our history.....I feel I should expand on that comment, but I'm not sure how or if it's appropriate on this thread.
All the best to you and your family.
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posted on July 2nd, 2016 at 11:58 AM



My dad told me loads of stories of his time in not only Germany but also in Russia. Some of what he told me doesn't tie up with the common lies of history and has always made me quite a sceptic on what I keep on hearing. Anyway back to VWs, when the beetles were initially coming off the limited production line (I think they were still having to be handmade from parts salvaged when he was first there) there had been a few fatal accidents involving British officers and VWs and so they concluded the cars were badly made or designed, after testing they found nothing wrong with the cars but the fault lay with how cheap alcohol was sold at the NAAFI and clubs that the British had. It turned out to be the reason for my dad eventually leaving that job in the end as a few mates had died of liver failure, you have to remember after the war Germany was in ruins and when not out and about doing what he was paid to do, drinking was all there was . He told loads more stories but they're not for this forum.
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posted on July 2nd, 2016 at 09:34 PM



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Great RARE photos there... Not many people have driven a 1946 Beetle in 1946...
Yes, I have read in many books about the Wolfsburg factory actually making beetles in 1946 - 47 - 48 with whatever they could find....
Especially in 1946.... Not much to find.... not much of the factory left...
but they still found a way to make a full car.....
Unbelievable ....


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posted on July 3rd, 2016 at 09:23 AM



The pic of my dad at the open door I just noticed no quarter light window.
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posted on August 16th, 2016 at 03:18 PM



I know it's not relevant to VWs but a little while back my sister had to take my dad to the doctor who was Russian and when my dad found out he started to have a go at the poor bloke for trying to shoot him while trying to get back across the border in 47!! The poor doctor was only in his thirties :lol:


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