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post #1 of 3 Old Feb 16th, 2012, 3:07 pm Thread Starter
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Sturmflut 1962

Here is another bit of history for y`all. It may not mean much to you but here it means a lot and will be in peoples memory for ever and ever.
The 16th of February 1962 the time of the "Grosse Manntränke" or the great "Man-drown" storm of Hamburg.
A hurricane storm flooded most of the north sea coast, Hamburg was hit hard, twas the perfect storm, officially 315 persons died when the dykes broke, as the south of the city was inhabited by refugees from the east, there since 1945, the real number is known only to god
The Senator Helmut Schmidt (German Bundeskanzler from 1974 to 1982) broke the German constitution and all international laws by begging for help from the American, British, Dutch occupying forces and of course the soldiers of the newly formed Bundeswehr. Helicopter pilots and soldiers from all nations responded and risked their lives rescuing people from the freezing water.
They overrode their orders and procedures, fueled their choppers, transport planes, trucks, rubber boats and just went in.
This was also the finest hour of the newly formed German Bundeswehr.
They are known as the angels of 1962, Germany will always remember the heroes.

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post #2 of 3 Old Feb 16th, 2012, 3:22 pm
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Re: Sturmflut 1962

Isn't it nice when people just do the right thing, and take care of one another?

Thanks for the reminder.
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I was 16 years old and lived not far from Hamburg at the time. We were spared the flood, but I remember convoys of military trucks from various nations loaded with dead cows and pigs going to a nearby plant that processed carcasses into fertilizers etc.

Not a pretty sight, and pretty smelly. But I remember my dad telling me that without the help from the various NATO forces this would have been a major health hazard. He also said the soldiers were saving human life's by volunteering for this most unpleasant job. Helmut Schmidt is still alive and I consider him one of the best and most pragmatic politicians ever.


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