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#560 Cadet Corps

1980

 

 

Taken in August 1980, Training Center Heuberg, Panzer Battalion 294, 10th Panzer Division, Stetten am Kalten Markt, Federal Republic of Germany (German-Canadian Youth Exchange)
From left to right: Company Commander, Battalion Commander (Lt.Col.Niedurny), Andreas Bach (Ontario), Dana Tadla (B.C.), Marty Spriggs (Ontario), John Atkinson (560 Moncton), Timothy Cecile (Ontario)
We spent several weeks living & training with the troops of the 2nd Company, Panzer Battalion 294; we were outfitted with German uniforms and participated in their daily routines, exercices, shooting and maneuvers with the Leopard 1A4 tank. We were also assigned guest families to visit on the weekends and were entertained by various members of the local German Life Guards Association. After our time with the German Army we moved to a resort called Titisee in the Black Forest where we helped out with a summer youth program and generally had a good time (I met my future wife there - an innocent Dutch tourist...)

(John Atkinson)

Taken in August 1980, Training Center Heuberg, Panzer Battalion 294, 10th Panzer Division, Stetten am Kalten Markt, Federal Republic of Germany (German-Canadian Youth Exchange)
Outside Barracks, on final parade with 2nd Company, Panzer Battalion 294

(John Atkinson)

 

Taken in August 1980, Training Center Heuberg, Panzer Battalion 294, 10th Panzer Division, Stetten am Kalten Markt, Federal Republic of Germany (German-Canadian Youth Exchange)
John Atkinson receiving German Army fitness medal after completing the program mandatory for all troops following basic training

(John Atkinson)

 

Taken in August 1980, Training Center Heuberg, Panzer Battalion 294, 10th Panzer Division, Stetten am Kalten Markt, Federal Republic of Germany (German-Canadian Youth Exchange)
Outside barracks of 2nd Company, Panzer Battalion 294; From left to right: Marty Spriggs, Timothy Cecile, John Atkinson, Dana Tadla

(John Atkinson)

 

Taken in July 1980, CFB Lahr, Federal Republic of Germany (German-Canadian Youth Exchange)
Outside military hotel - Europahof, after arriving from Canada

(John Atkinson)

 

Taken in June 1980, CFB Borden (German-Canadian Youth Exchange)
Outside barracks during one-week preparation for trip to Germany

(John Atkinson)