Hidden in a forest near the Olympia stadium at Murellenberg in Berlin,
Ruhleben is a small town for around one to two thousand inhabitants.
The town consists of an accumulation of imitations of typical
topographies of the city Berlin. The repertoire ranges from sixties
flats, the motorway slip road, the supermarket, the petrol station,
some underground carriages to a country road with a village church -
only the residents are missing.
The town is a "Fighting City". It was set up by the British army and used as practice area for street fighting, used in the Northern Irish Low Itensity War in Belfast. After the Allies departure from Berlin, this substitute city was passed over to the civil German order forces. After cavalry and British occupation troops, now police troops travel from all over the country and pay a fee to storm houses, abseiling from simulated helicopter s, or assignments on the 1st of May. Andree Korpys and Markus Löffler photographed this "Fighting City" in Berlin Ruhleben.