Allied Military Forces Museum For Occupied Germany In Berlin
The history of the Western powers in Berlin is full of suspense and drama. It begins with the American, British, and French occupying troops marching into Berlin in 1945 and ends with the Allies’ ceremonial withdrawal in 1994. The museum is covering the history of the Berlin Airlift, the Berlin Crisis and of the Allies in general. Additional there are temporary exhibitions at the historic site.
I was visiting the museum with my friend Ed from UK when we had our international passport collectors meeting in Berlin, 2012. We found the museum quite interesting. Of course we were focusing on the displayed travel documents and permits of the Allied Forces and there are a few.
Admission is free and I really wonder why not more visitors coming to the museum. The museums website was reporting half a million visitors in 2006 since the museum opened in 1998. How look these figures today in 2014? I believe the website should be updated on it’s timeline which ends in 2010.
The Allied Museum collection
When the Western powers left Berlin in 1994 they entrusted us with important artifacts of their nearly fifty-year presence, thus laying the foundations for our collection. Some three-quarters of the objects come from the holdings of the American, British, and French armed forces. They include airplanes and motor vehicles, uniforms, files, documents, and items of everyday life as well as a wealth of photos and film material. The Berlin Airlift was a significant event and is explained well, you can even see a original CARE parcel with it’s content which was dropped over Berlin during the blockade.
Further interesting documents are a “Occupational Handbook”, questions and answers for the enlisted man or a movement order for Corporal Jean Heart for a flight from Berlin to Bückeburg. A British passport with a visa of the Allied Forces including AMG revenues.
I recommend you reserve some time during your next trip to Berlin to visit the ALLIED MUSEUM which is entertaining and educating a the same time.