The older friend simulated battles with tin soldiers while BD, how his mother called him, drafted his first soldiers and panzer but also horses, cows, dogs, geese, chicken and storks which surrounded him on the property. Except for one bomb attack that he witnessed while visiting Stettin, Pommern has been a paradise of peace throughout the war. All technical noise has moved to the front. Here there was only the sound of nature. Apart from ringing bells on sleighs it was covered in snow during winter season.