That was Berlin until after the Wall came down. Guys would walk down the street and it would be "building, building, vacant lot, vacant lot, vacant lot, building." When I was there in 2007, a lot of buildings were still damaged somewhat with bullet or shrapnel chips.On a different note, there was still a fair amount of unprepared war damage when I went to Northern Europe in 1968. No weapons or other debris scattered about...but a surprising number of unrepaired buildings.
It was still like that when I was there in July. We walked down streets that were peppered with battle damage. I wasn't hard to imagine what went on there. Dean, thanks for posting that link. Absolutely fascinatingWhen I was there in 2007, a lot of buildings were still damaged somewhat with bullet or shrapnel chips.
It's amazing how long it took it clear away a lot of the detritus from the war. My father was telling me how he was up in the islands (Solomons and Marshall) in the late 40s/early 50s and there being huge amounts of things lying around. I remember him telling me about one airstrip that the Japanese had been using and there still being Zeros and other aircraft types littered around the edges - albeit in pretty bad nick.Just been watching a TV programme on the fashion house of Christian Dior and his first show in Paris in 47. The streets were still showing abandoned military ordnance!