1979 / 03 / 26 – 1979 / 04 / 07 – EXERCISE / OEFENING „RHINO EM“

© Henk Mulder March / April 1979 – 9800 men of the 1st (NL) Corps practiced under the name „RHINO EM“ in Germany. Specially also in the district of Hameln-Pyrmont. And how could it be any different, the Amphibious Engineers of Hameln were also involved. They ferried the troops from Netherland save over the river …

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2017 / 09 / 12 – Blood and Sand, the Colours of the Middlesex Regiment

© Arnd Wöbbeking   Blood & Sand, the colors of the Middlesex regiment were once again blowing through the Linsingen Barracks at Süntelstraße in Hameln +++ Blood & Sand, die Farben des Middlesex Regiments wehten noch einmal durch die Linsingen Kaserne an der Süntelstraße in Hameln. It was 51 years since Ray Shave and Brian …

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1967 – M2 Trials by 23 Amphibious Engineer Squadron – Memories of Ritchie Smith

photos © Ritchie Smith text by Arnd Wöbbeking Some time ago I met a very wonderful person. Ritchie Smith his name, through and through a Royal Engineer. For 24 years he was in the service of his royal majesty. In September 1965 he started his army career in 23 Independet Amphibious Engineer Squadron, which was …

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1972/10/06 – 1972/10/20 – EXERCISE „SWORDFISH“ with 64 AMPHIBIOUS ENGINEER SQAUDRON

© Soldier Magazin – Text by Mike Starke – Photos by Martin Adam A blast from the past…… Exercise Swordfish took part in 1972 around Hameln, Holzminden, Hannoversch Münden! Found the issue of Soldier Magazin in my archive. Leading unit was the 12th Mechanized Brigade! But read the great article of the Soldier Magazine about the …

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01.08.1945 – 30.11.1949 COMMANDER MILITARY GOVERNMENT HQ 723 HAMELN

© Arnd Wöbbeking How difficult it is to get data about a military government that arose shortly after one of the worst wars of mankind, I need not mention separately. For a long time I was looking for the names of the commanders of the British Garrison Hameln to close this historical gap on my website. …

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1964/05/01 – CINEMA PROGRAM – Kino Programm

© David Smith & Arnd Wöbbeking Just a short report today….. David Smith 29 Field Squadron RE loved to go with his lovely wife to the Globe Cinema in Hameln during his time here. He found today one of the programs. Very cool an rare document. Thanks a lot David!  Heute gibt es nur einen …

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Three years gone….. but still there….

© Arnd Wöbbeking Three years after disbanding of the Hameln Garrison some Royal Engineers were back in town for a weekend. It is unbelievable around 100 lads visited for a REunion the town. Some arrived a few days before to have a look aorund the town and to see what have changed during the years. …

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1973 – FLOATATION EXERCISE at OHR PARK – 12 (Nova) Scotia Field Squadron – Memories by Cliff Russel

© Arnd Wöbbeking © Photos by Cliff Russel The 12 (Nova Scotia) Field Squadron, was based in Hameln between 1992 and 1999 and attached to the 28 Amphibious Engineer and later to the 28 Engineer Regiment. But it was not the first time this Squadron had been around, because this Squadron also participated in various …

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1949/12/01 – CINEMA PROGRAM – Kino Programm

© Steve White & Arnd Wöbbeking April 1945,  the Americans marched into Hameln, a short time later the British forces took control. Many houses were confiscated, so also the cinema „Schauburg“ on the Deisterstrasse. But it did not lose its destination, because the British Army also used as a cinema for the soldiers who were …

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1952/05/24 – A legendary pub was born – Georges Bar – Ein legendäres Restaurant wurde geboren

© Dewezet May 1952 – a legendary pub was born in Hameln. „GEORGES BAR“, I think every soldier of British Forces who was stationed here in Hameln, knows this Pub close to Gordon Barracks Hameln. During the last 10 years I spoke to many soldiers here, on the Reunions and also in UK. Everyone was able …

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1971/09/24 – 1971/10/02 – EXERCISE „FOREFRONT VI“

© Arnd Wöbbeking & Dewezet Forefront VI – a giant – exercise in October 1971! Planned were nearly 12,000 soldiers of the British, German and Danish army! Ultimately, it was then 20,000! Especially here in the district of Hamelin-Pyrmont raged the maneuver through the woods and fields! Also the newly, in Hameln founded 28 Amphibious Engineer Regiment, …

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2017/05/26 – In the United Kingdom, Hameln was a subject ….

© Arnd Wöbbeking photo by Leslie Spivey During the last weekend, at least in one place, some guys talked about the town of hamelin. The annual reunion of the 26 Regiment Royal Corps of Transport took place. Some of the guys who had been stationed here in Hamelin until 1970 met to talk about stories …

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2017/05/22 – EXERCISE „HEIDESTURM“

© Arnd Wöbbeking © Photos provided by Lars de Vries & Andreas Koch 2017 in May, the Exercise „Heidesturm“ of the Panzerlehrbrigade 9 took part in Germany. An exercise a bit like the exercises during the Cold War. 2500 Soldiers and 400 Vehicles went from Sennelager/Paderborn to Bergen-Hohne. Included two River Crossings. One in Wndheim/Jössen …

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1949 – Men of the 4 Field Squadron RE / 21 Field Engineer Regiment building a Bailey Bridge

© Arnd Wöbbeking It is nice to have friends who keep their eyes and ears open and give me information, where to get photos about the British Forces in Hameln. So I never thought to get photos of the 4th Field Squadron RE. This unit was attached to the 21 Field Engineer Regiment and was only stationed in …

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1975/09/17 – Lancaster Bomber – Memories by Andrew Mills

© Arnd Wöbbeking & Andrew Mills Andrew Mills, found a few weeks ago my webpage about British Forces in Hameln. Specially he found the report about the Lancaster Bomber, the 73 Amphibious Engineer Squadron digged out in 1974. He was very impressed and the newspaper cuts brought back some memries, because he was an active …

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