Life at the Motor Pool Oberursel, Germany, in the 1950s

Jack Stites, a former U.S. Army soldier and now a retired police officer, was stationed in Oberursel at the Motorenfabrik (Motor Pool) from January 1954 to January 1955. These are some of the photos he shared with me.

Oberursel, Germany

Goofing around, the boys were having fun.

The shipping trunk served as a writing desk for home-bound letters.

Looks like this photo was taken in some park in Oberursel, where there are many.

Life at the Motor Pool and Swimming Pool in Oberursel, Germany in the 1950s

These pictures have been contributed by Jack Stites, a former U.S. Army soldier and now a retired police officer, who was stationed in Oberursel at the Motorenfabrik (Motor Pool) from January 1954 to January 1955.

This photo shows Jack in front of the Motor Pool, Oberursel.

I pass this building, now Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG, every time I take the U-Bahn into town. The outside hasn’t changed.

Motor Pool Oberursel 1954/55

Jack and his buddies went to the Oberursel swimming pool in their free time.

Oberursel swimming pool in the 1950

On 6 June 1937, Gauleiter Mr. Sprenger, (a political head of a district in Nazi Germany), officially opened the Oberursel Freibad. After the war, the pool was confiscated by the U.S. Forces. In 1953, the pool could be used by the locals on two days a week. By 1954, the pool was turned back to the city of Oberursel.

Rolls Royce in the Air

In mid-July, I was asked to assist in locating people’s names for a historical research regarding Rolls Royce, Oberursel. Four days later, I found myself sitting on a Lufthansa flight to London and looking out the window, I was reminded of the task – by the logo.

Rolls Royce, so close to home right here in Oberursel, is also a safe travel companion.

Once again, if you can help identify any of these people in the photos from this post Changing Hands from Motor Pool to Rolls Royce, Oberursel in 1956, then we would love to hear from you.

Rolls Royce in the Air


Changing Hands: From Motor Pool to Rolls Royce – Oberursel in 1956

Mr. Hartmut Hirsch, working with the Rolls Royce Historical Society in Oberursel (Geschichtskreis Motorenfabrik Oberursel e.V.), is looking for additional information on the identities of the people shown in the following three photos.

The photo shows a group of people handing over a key on the front steps of the administrative building. We can assume this is the returned key from the Americans who had occupied the building from 1945 – 1956.
It is known that a final inspection of the property was done on 30 or 31 July 1956 to determine if any damages had been caused by the US personnel. Among the German inspectors was also the US property management. It is safe to assume the photos were taken during the inspection.
Who are these people?
What are their official positions?
On what date was the photo taken?

July 1956 – Handing back the keys to Rolls Royce in Oberursel

Any information about the following two photos would also be very appreciated.

Repatriation Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce

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Berghof and Eagle’s Nest photos from 1945

This is the second part of the photos Ambassador Dolibois has so generously shared with me. The previous post contained photos taken at the local Camp King motor pool in 1945.

The end of WW II – Ambassador Dolibois at the Berghof in 1945

American Forces at the Berghof in 1945

To learn more about the Berghof, Hitler’s residence on the Obersalzberg, visit scrapbookpages.

The Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s holiday retreat

The Kehlsteinhaus, a.k.a. Eagle’s Nest, was constructed for Hitler’s 50th birthday.

This holiday retreat was situated near his usual residence, Berghof.

For more information about the historical significance and its current state, you may also want to visit cityscouter.

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