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Yep, and they called it antifascist protective barrier ... :roll: :cry:

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 3:16 pm 
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My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
Yep, and they called it antifascist protective barrier ... :roll: :cry:


It's surprising what you see when you're searching for pictures of motorcycles.....

That one stopped me in my tracks.....

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2021 12:52 pm 
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My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
Yep, and they called it antifascist protective barrier ... :roll: :cry:


It's surprising what you see when you're searching for pictures of motorcycles.....

That one stopped me in my tracks.....


Yep, there are BMWs. The east had MZ. You could buy these MZs in the west, too. They were ugly as fuck, but they were fun. A friend of mine had a MZ 250 in the early eighties. 2 stroke engine. 17 hp. Cool sound it had ... vroooooom.

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My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
Gray_Ghost wrote:
My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
Yep, and they called it antifascist protective barrier ... :roll: :cry:


It's surprising what you see when you're searching for pictures of motorcycles.....

That one stopped me in my tracks.....


Yep, there are BMWs. The east had MZ. You could buy these MZs in the west, too. They were ugly as fuck, but they were fun. A friend of mine had a MZ 250 in the early eighties. 2 stroke engine. 17 hp. Cool sound it had ... vroooooom.


Allsorts of Russian and German motorcycles washed up down here in the 50's and 60's, a couple of the
lads had 125 MZ's, I had a 1958 Russian Voskhod 125, that bike was excellent for going to work and back,
however being a communist motorcycle, it refused to ridden for leisure purposes, and would breakdown
for no apparent reason if you decided to go to the beach. I learned a lot about motorcycle mechanics on
that goddamned machine.....

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:51 am 
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Any GDR engine had the sole advantage that you could repair them yourself with a paper clip, a rubber band and some chewing gum. I used to do it with my Schwalbe (scooter). Mind you, you had to do it every third day.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:34 am 
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Any GDR engine had the sole advantage that you could repair them yourself with a paper clip, a rubber band and some chewing gum. I used to do it with my Schwalbe (scooter). Mind you, you had to do it every third day.


Ha ha ha these things build character Caputh, as a broke teen I was always messing about with old bikes
and cars.....I've had dozens of breakdown adventures.....1980ish, in the middle of nowhere astride a 1950's
Matchless 350, returning from a ride out to the bridge to nowhere, when my throttle cable broke.
I strolled about a mile in the general direction of Raetihi, came across the remnants of a derelict farm
house, three walls and a door, found removed and dismantled a light switch, using it's wire connectors to
rejoin my throttle cable.....
Once again my trusty Swiss army knife and motorcycle tool-kit saved the day, and I was home in time
for tea.....

Unfortunately the cars and bikes of today require the dealer's gum chewing technician, sporting a rubber
band restrained ponytail to insert the factory approved paperclip, to reset your ECU.....

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Caputh wrote:
Any GDR engine had the sole advantage that you could repair them yourself with a paper clip, a rubber band and some chewing gum. I used to do it with my Schwalbe (scooter). Mind you, you had to do it every third day.


I would like to have a Schwalbe ... :mrgreen:

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The story of Jan Zwartendijk and Chiune Sugihara, who worked together to move over 2000 Jews out of Lithuania:
http://remember.org/witness/righteous


Zwartendijk's story has now been translated to English:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/ ... -the-nazis

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Went to Belsen concentration camp on Friday. Not much of it left, just grass mounds with the numbers of dead who were buried there, 10,000 being the largest. Also a memorial wall with an Obelisk. The information centre was very informative, however; initially founded as a POW camp for Soviet soldiers it was guarded by Wehrmacht soldiers - this did not prevent 1000s of Soviet POWs dying of hunger and disease. The Concentration Camp part originally had much better conditions as, although run by the SS, the prisoners were supposed to be kept as hostages to be exchanged for German POWs or money. This changed around December 1944 when a former Kommandant of Auschwitz, Kramer, took over and with the advance of the Soviets, the Germans started evacuating camps in the East, Belsen being the destination. Thousands died in transport and those who arrived (amongst them Anne Frank) were starving and often had typhus. By April 1945 the camp was completely overfilled with dead and dying prisoners, which explains the films of bulldozers shovelling bodies into pits after the liberation by US soldiers. Btw, despite the Sex Pistols song, there were no gas chambers in Belsen, rather an exception as there were ones in most camps.

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A couple of life times ago I got to visit the beautifully maintained Chungkai War Cemetery in
Kanchanaburi Thailand where my uncle is buried. Back then they were showing some horrific
no holds barred movies about Japan's treatment of the pows, that I wish I had never seen.....
That trip sobered me up, as around the same time NZ was bringing in compulsory military
training in preparation for Vietnam, I missed the draft by a year.....

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@GG When you say you missed the draft by a year, I'm 65 and I turned 20 in 1976. Whitlam ended conscription in 1973. Conscription applied to males turning 20. I remember watching the ballots on TV and thinking it wasn't too far away, but it seems it was about two and a half years away for me when it stopped. What was the story in New Zealand?

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