US Army Europe – Military Police

The military police of USAREUR (US Army Europe) in Germany used a mix of US and later German-built vehicles in the 1980s (the latter was mainly a cost-saving exercise). Here are some examples:

USAREUR Military Police - CJ3029 - © Bernd Biege
USAREUR Military Police – CJ3029 – © Bernd Biege
USAREUR Military Police - CM4112 - © Bernd Biege
USAREUR Military Police – CM4112 – © Bernd Biege
USAREUR Military Police - CN2284 - © Bernd Biege
USAREUR Military Police – CN2284 – © Bernd Biege
USAREUR Military Police - CN6437 - © Bernd Biege
USAREUR Military Police – CN6437 – © Bernd Biege
USAREUR Military Police - CN6438 - © Bernd Biege
USAREUR Military Police – CN6438 – © Bernd Biege
USAREUR Military Police - CJ9847 - © Bernd Biege
USAREUR Military Police – CJ9847 – © Bernd Biege

Taking these images in Hanau from a public road stirred suspicions in some passers-by (just seen in one image), who noted down my car’s registration number and informed the MPs. These in turn informed the German police, who one day called me on the phone, just checking whether I planned anything like a terrorist attack. I explained that I worked as a journalist, and that the images were taken from a public road (albeit with a very powerful lens), and that there were no signs forbidding photography around the compound. The policeman on the phone laughingly admitted that “Yeah, we checked that … the Americans are extra sensitive it seems.”

Passing by some time later I noticed spanking new signs stating “No Photography!” at the wire-mash fence around the compound, and sheets of black plastic blocking the view to boot. Don’t let it be said I never had any influence upon the military …

Please note that these are scans from old 35mm slides from my archives, with resultant deterioration in colours and sharpness.

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