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Grafenwöhr is mostly known because of the military training area. It was opened in 1910. During WW I it housed the largest prisoner camp in Bavaria.
In the thirties the training area was expanded and many villages disappeared.
Numerous soldiers from different nations were trained here. Elvis Presley was one of them. Look for him, he is on display.
- many thanks to "Pfc. Joshua Grenier" and Wikipedia
Visit him in the "Oberpfälzer Kultur- und Militärmuseum" in Grafenwöhr
Original text from Wikipedia:Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, based out of Bamberg, Germany, fire a M777A2 at the live fire range at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany on August 29, 2009. The 173rd was in Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels to conduct a simultaneous redeployment mission rehearsal exercise with the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. (U.S. Army photo by PFC Joshua Grenier/Released)
You should visit the "Oberpfälzer Kultur- und Militärmuseum" (culture and military museum). I did that many years ago and if Elizabeth's dad would have been with me, we would certainly spend many hours there. He was a veteran from WWII.
The museum was founded in 1932. It was badly damaged in the last days of WW II. The re-opening was in 1956. It is still being expanded. Reserve some time if you decide to visit it.
Elizabeth is different. As a nurse she wants to help people and rejects to watch any war movies or to read books which glorify related achievements.
For that reason and to keep peace with her we did neither see Elvis nor the shown art work or any of the other displays related to the history of the training area.
Many things have certainly changed since my first visit. Nothing was glorified at this time and the horror of war was presented.
Oberpfälzer Kultur- und Militärmuseums Grafenwöhr
Parts of it have been built in 1532
Grafenwöhr the old city hall from 1462- many thanks to "btr" and Wikipedia
Another view of the old city hall Grafenwöhr - many thanks to "btr" and Wikipedia
Downtown - many thanks to "btr" and Wikipedia
The "Friedenskirche" (peace church) - many thanks to "cusuxe" and Wikipedia
Each Christian church should teach and pray for peace. I never could understand why they blessed weapons on both sides. How can this be justified? Are we better than extreme Moslems?
Proper education could help to take power away from dictators and war mongers with filthy financial interests.
But I am afraid this will never happen and to be defenseless is also not a solution.
We did not stay long enough in Grafenwöhr to find out which countries were presently training their troops here. As far as I know the training area is mainly used by the German Bundeswehr, the US army and other NATO partners.
Naturally, this military training area is beneficial for the economy of this region and especially of that of Grafenwöhr.
Please check the Internet for more information.
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Watch the video "Combined Endeavor 2010 Exercise":
Many thanks for pictures to the Tourist Board of Bavaria and involved communities
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