The Americans of course later commandeered whatever large houses were still standing--they appear to have been outside of town (?)--for their own quarters, officers clubs, etc.
I still have his photo albums...Massive quantities of abandoned & destroyed weaponry around there--both German & American. Fields of P-47s left behind or wrecked; ditto tanks, personnel carriers, jeeps...all manner of German artillery from 88s down to smaller anti-tank guns...a Heinkel He-162...
We also took over a factory (or factories) and brought Ford people in to set up a massive Jeep re-build facility (178 Bn.) to the S. at Esslingen.
Irony of ironies--my father's great-grandfather emigrated to the US in 1848 from an area very near Kassel (in order to avoid being forced into the Hessian military, so the family legend goes--We don't actually know what his motives were, but at age 18 that seems perfectly sensible)...but, in any case, my old man didn't know this in 1945-46.
One thing is certain: Hesse-Darmstadt was assuredly not a nice place in the 1830s-1840s...Close thy Goethe, open thy Büchner.
1945-46 were tough times there. One of my favorite anecdotes told by my (meek & mild) Dad involved a poor German local who stole a US soldier's leather boots that winter. He was caught and thrown into the town hoosegow, but he still had the boots on...The enlisted man came to my Dad (about as green a 2nd LT as ever existed) and asked if he would drive him over to the jail. It was a bitterly cold winter's night...My old dad was anything but the bellicose type, but he did it for the EM, and they got the guy's boots back...leaving a barefoot and very uncomfortable arme kerl in that lockup...
: This city still exists and is called today
: Kaliningrad. There are still some of the old
: buildings in use and can be seen e.g. on
: Wikipedia. Many other cities were destroyed
: in Second World War by the Germans as well
: as the Allies (e.g. Kassel). Deportations
: are unfortunately also not a singular event,
: but was done to a large extent by the
: Germans during the war and after the war by
: the Russians (when they formed the Eastern
: European national states by deportation of