2.4.05

SIXTY YEARS AGO. Sgt. Karlson sends home some impressions of German infrastructure, heading east out of Braubach toward Villmar.
As you know, things happened pretty fast after the Rhine crossing and the next two days we travelled fast and for some of the distance on one of the "Autobahns," super highways. They aren't bad -- no grade crossings, double lane, etc. -- better than Highway 41 between Milwaukee and Chicago only because 41 has quite a few grade crossings.
Photos from that stage of the campaign show the U.S. military using both the eastbound and westbound lanes as eastbound lanes, with trudging columns of German prisoners hiking westbound in the median strip.
After crossing France and Belgium on numerous roads of questionable quality, and some which couldn't even be called roads, the super highways were a great pleasure.
Off the Super Slab, the Herrenvolk still don't get it.
Germany had better roads and more of them than either France or Belgium, but even so they can't hold a candle to the roads in the U.S. Ours are wider, straighter, smoother and much better thru towns and cities. Europe doesn't have farm houses along the highways as we do, but the farmers live in numerous little settlements dotting the country-side and each of these little towns with crooked, narrow streets slow up travel a lot.
The Germans had other plans for internal improvements, including a three-meter-gauge super railroad, the Breitspurbahn. None of that was built.



On the other side of the world, the Marines are coming to grips with a piece of real estate called Okinawa. Mitch at Shot in the Dark has his own Sixty Years Ago going.

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