1974-1975 Airfield Construction by 65 Corps Support Squadron

© Arnd Wöbbeking, Roger Thorington, Airfied Höxter Brenkhausen 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Höxter-Brenkhausen airfield. At that time, I was able to help Mr. Horn to renew the memorial stone for the 65 Corps Support Squadron. This year in Hamelin, some of these squadron members met again to celebrate a …

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1971 / 04 / 07 – 28 AMPHIBIOUS ENGINEER REGIMENT – Formation – Memories by Bob Tyler

We write the 07.04.1971. The British army wrote history today in Hameln. Since the end of the war British units were stationed in Hameln. Including three infantry regiments, but most were soldiers of the Royal Engineers based here in Hameln. Hameln offered these pioneer units very good places  to practice their drills & skills so …

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1964 – 1965_03_04 Earthmoving by Royal Engineers

© Arnd Wöbbeking & DEWEZET Hameln 1963 – 1964 The Plinkesche gravel pit near Breslauer Allee caused some trouble in the 1960s. Unauthorized debris and rubbish heaps piled up and something had to happen. The haulage contractor Wilhelm Schmale was in favor at the time to restore this area to a respectable condition. In collaboration …

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1982 / 03 / 26 – We will remember Sapper “Rosie” Rose

© Dewezet & Arnd Wöbbeking Among other things, the tasks of the Royal Engineers from Hameln consisted of blowing up explosives. In war time, they had to destroy the Weser bridges to prevent a fast move of the Warsaw Pact troops. In many exercises this was part of the scenarios. But also on Squadron level …

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Another piece of British History in Hameln …

Last year in October the Royal British Legion Hameln Branch was disbanded. In the last three month the members of the RBL talked about, what is to do with the Standard. Normally the Standard will be layed to rest in a church, but they decided to hand over the Standard to the local museum of …

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2017 / 11 / 27 – 2017 / 11 / 30 EXERCISE FULL THROTTLE – 40th Anniversary of the British and German Amphibious Capability

© Arnd Wöbbeking Artlenburg, a small town on the banks of the Elbe. Historically documented is this place with its ford over the Elbe since the first century. The Romans use this transition as do many after them. The salt road leads along here and the Ertheneburg on the east side secured the ford against …

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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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