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Charlie Battery - Kleingartach

Scenes of Our Local Neighborhood - 1959 - 1969



- Click Here For Larger Image -Good Comrades... Moninger Bier... Prosit...!

Good Comrades enjoying a warm Sunday afternoon at the Gasthaus in the Woods, which was, yes you guessed it, in the woods behind the launching area.

So, going around the table from left to right are: Horace Reed, Ron Smith, Bob Norkol, Bill Zeien, Joe Mehorczyk, Bill Mansell, Dean Jonasen, and Marion Naeger, and of course Jim Fitzpatrick is behind the camera. Our website would be a lot leaner without his great camera work.

And when the local folks, who had had their fill of food and drink and wanted to exercise, would come over to the launching area and walk around to sight see the goings on, which was usually not much of anything unless there was an alert. And to my recollection, there was never an alert on Sundays, they were usually late on a Friday or Saturday night.

Hey, did anyone bring their camera...?

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Gasthaus In The Woods - 1968


Image by Ron Daum - Washington - 1968

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- Click Here For Larger Image -George Harrell On The Road Again

Maybe George, who was in the IFC, is looking for the Gasthaus In The Woods.

Acutally I am not sure where this photo was taken. Does anyone recognize this road...?

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Peaceful Solitude And Serenity

What a lovely image and beautiful state of mind. Can anyone desire anything more than to be in such a place within ones self.

Being in the creative moment, and in the beauty and solitude of nature. The time it has taken to create the amount of lace she is working is almost beyond comprehension.

This truly is her Nirvana...!

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Ummmm... Chow Time For The Good Earth...!


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -A Family Walk On The Heuchelberg

Down this road and through the trees one arrives at the main gate to the Launching Area.

This is a wonderful family photo. Proud Mama and Papa with their fine brood on a family outing on a Sunday afternoon. They are probably coming back from an afternoon at the Gasthaus In The Woods and a tour around the Launching Area.

Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Down The Hill To Haberschlacht

Just a few minutes down the hill from the Battery was Haberschlacht, so it was easiest village to get to.

Following the road down to the group of Trees is what one will see in the following photo.

Image by Francis DeGrado - Illinois - 1961

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Beautiful Entrance Into Haberschlacht

I always loved to take this beautiful tree lined lane down the ridge and into the village. This was the route taken to Brackenheim and Heilbronn, and taking a right turn at the crossroads, into Stockheim. In the early mornings old women would be out sweeping the streets and roadside making the village tidy. I had never seen that before, and it always made an impression to me.

Haberschlacht was, at that time, a very small village with a population of about 300 people.












Please Note: I found this lovely image on the web, and have since lost where I found it so I could get use permission and give credit to the author. If said author discovers our use of this image, please let me know and we can discuss it, or I will remove it. My intentions are honorable, but it's just to lovely I could not resist using it. just for the record it's original image name is 8969576.jpg.

Photographer Unknown - Deutschland

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Lovely Haberschlacht Signpost

An absolutely charming and expertly fashioned hand carved signpost stands at the entrance to the village of Haberschlacht. Just up the hill, and less than 5 minutes away, was the kaserne. The Gasthof Ochsen (Oxen) is where we would go on schnitzel runs while on duty in the launching area, playing marathon games of double deck pinochle in between 2 hours on and 4 off tours of guard duty around our assigned sections.

The top of the sign denotes the year the village was founded, “750 Jahre”, or the year 750. Just below that is the heraldry of the village, which is included here as an image. I am not sure what the flora on the coat of arms is. And I am surprised it's not related more to the vineyards. If anyone knows please contact me. And finally, the expression “Weinort - Haberschlacht”, or wine village - Haberschlacht.

UPDATE...

"I am not sure what the flora on the coat of arms is. And I am surprised it's not related more to the vineyards."

I posed the previous thoughts back when I placed this image on the website. I am pleased to say that the request I made for more information has been answered.

Uwe Koch, of Kleingartach wrote to tell me that the flora on the Heraldry is actually the cereal grain "Oats". Haber is an old German word for the contemporary German word Hafer... or "Oats".

And German word "Schlacht" means battle, or as a verb, "to battle". A word probably as old as humans have been fighting each other.

— Haberschlacht...

Literally meaning to battle with, or the never ending struggle of raising the cereal grain Oats. From planting, to raising, harvesting, threshing, and finally realizing their efforts, Oats must have been very hard work, and a very important part of their diet and economy.

So, with the village forming in the year 750, only 250 years after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the primary agriculture must have been Oat farming and was what the village identified with, as illustrated on their heraldry, much before grapes, vineyards, and wine came to their hillsides.

There is however, certainly no doubt about the importance of the vineyard to this village and the region today.

Image by Herbert Ade-Thurow - Deutschland

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Crystal & DeGrado In The Gasthof Ochsen

Everyone has fond memories of Christal. She was very friendly and had a great sense of humor.

In other words... A sweetheart...!

A lot of guys had a secret crush on her, and with her charm, as you can see in this phtoto, a certain someone was among those who did.

Sadly Christal passed away earlier this year of 2014

Image by Francis DeGrado - Illinois - 1961

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