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Photography - Dutch Army

Yes. You've reached that certain age when you can actually look back on your 'glory' days. So I inlcude my Dutch Army photographs into this archive. Nostalgia here we come.


Above is a picture of your webmaster and his little tent. You'll have to excuse the photo-quality as these pictures were made with a small pocket camera.

There are basically two periods within this photocollection. Basic Training and Active Duty. It was compulsory to go in the Army in those days. Not any longer though. I was just too clever for my own good. I wanted to have this over with before I went to University. But after the Army I went to University and by the time I'd finished, Military Service was abolished ... was a nice gap year though.

Basic Training

Her Majesty's Armed Forces required my 'help' in the year 1989 (89-5). After having asked to go to the Airforce, with second choice Navy, Her Majesty (Queen Bee) decided I was to go to the Army. Later I learnt you should never ask for that what you want in the Armed Forces, as you will always get the opposite .... how true.
So basic training it was then. Her Majesty decided I should join one of the Dutch Army's crack forces. So off to the Militairy Administration I went. Let's teach those pens a lesson they will never forget ! Three months I spent in Ossendrecht (don't bother looking it up on the map, really, just don't bother) and it turned out that my administrative skills were OK, but I was one of the worst Infantry Soldiers on the planet. But the actual military bit we had to do was fun, so hence the pictures of people with grass on their helmets.

Active Duty
So we move on. For some reason I thought lets make the most of this, so I volunteered to go to Germany. We had three bases there and I choose the biggest one, only to fall for the Army trap again and ending up at the smallest one, Langemannshof. I was assigned as administrator to KAZCO Langemannshof. KAZCO means "Barracks Commando". Basically a fancy name for all personnell that made sure the Barracks ran properly. For instance, all the waiters and cooks in Langemannshof were assigned to this unit. Apart from us there was a Tankbatallion (43 Tankbat) stationed there. I also think 41 Palua Bat were there (air defense unit).
In my first week our unit went to Berlin (separate picture gallery). I had a good time at Langemannshof, it was fun, and I am still in regular contact with John Bult, a friend I met there.
We had a wacky Major called Heuberger, a great Adjudant called Van der Velde, an ambitious Sergeant called Altena and also another sergeant called Meijer. Apart from that we had Sergeants Bersma (always good for a party) and Robbers. The rest of the names of the 'professional soldiers' I've lost due to my amnesia.
Each picture in this gallery has some stories/comments attached, so happy browsing, and if you recognise yourself, drop me a mail. Another site for all you Dutch Army-buddies is : http://www.dienstmakkers.nl and the website of the 43 Tank Batallion.

 


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