As a serviceman, this was one of the places I had to see when I traveled to Berlin. It’s the memorial of the Bundeswehr, the German Armed Forces. There are memorials for the three branches, the Air Force (Fürstenfeldbruck), Navy (Laboe), and the Army (Koblenz), but it was the first for the whole Armed Forces.
There was lots of criticism before its inauguration in 2009. First of all the location. It’s located on the territory of the Federal Ministry of Defence. While it is accessible for civilians, they may have to ask for access on the weekend. This might prevent people from visiting it. Also, it is not in the city center so not many will come here. People suggested to build it near the parliament building since the armed forces are under parliament control. The display of the names was also a point for criticism. Only one name is projected for a few seconds. Meanwhile, they have a bronze book with all names.
I really like the idea of the hull. The little shapes are supposed to be identification disks, the German dog tags. They come in an oval shape and can be broken in half. The hull also has a message hidden in morse code: the service oath.
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