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 that they are well prepared for exercises and in a serious emergency. River crossings were the order of the day. Until 1962 bridges with components were built like the Bailey Bridge, the LAFB and HGB bridges. This has changed since the year 1962, because this year the first amphibious vehicles appeared in Hameln. The Weser, which was at that time a defensive line, the Amphibious make it possible to cross the River The 28 Amphibious Engineer Regiment RE with a total of 3 squadrons and a maintenence unit. This regiment under the leadership of Lt.Col. HJ Goodson is the largest Engineer Regiment of the British Army. 2nd in Command was Major MPC Nottingham.

This occasion was reason enough to hold a parade in the Bindon Barracks (Scharnhorst barracks) in order to present this unit to the city of Hameln and its inhabitants. The parade was accompanied by “The Band of the Royal Engineers” from Aldershot under the direction of Captain SW Patch LRAM ARCM RE. As “Director Of Music” he played an important role in the famous Edinburgh Tattoo in 1979. Bob Tyler was present at the time and clever enough to capture this historic moment in some photos, Thanks for the photos Bob.

Wir schreiben den 07.04.1971. Die britische Armee schrieb heute in Hameln Geschichte. Seit Ende des Krieges waren in Hameln britische Einheiten stationiert. Darunter drei Infantrie-Regimenter, aber sont waren es immer Soldaten der Royal Engineers. Hameln bot diesen Pioniereinheiten reichlich Gelegenheiten Ihre Drills & Skills zu üben und bei Manövern und in einem Ernstfall gut vorbereitet zu sein. Flussüberquerungen waren an der Tagesordnung. Bis 1962 wurden dazu Brücken mit Bauteilen gebaut wie die Bailey Bridge, die LAFB, HGB Brücken. Seit dem Jahr 1962 änderte sich das, denn in diesem Jahr erschienen die ersten Amphibischen Fahrzeuge in Hameln. Notwenidigerweise um den Panzer- und Infanterieeinheiten der britischen Armee und auh der NATO ein schnelles Überqueren der Weser, die damals Verteidigungslinie gewesen ist, zu ermöglichen, entsand aus dieser amphibischen Abteilung ein ganzes Regiment! Das 28 Amphibious Engineer Regiment RE mit insgesamt 3 Squadrons und einer Instandsetzungseinheit. Dieses Regiment unter Fühurng von Lt.Col. HJ Goodson ist das größte Engineer Regiment der Britischen Rheinarmee. 2nd in Command war Major MPC Nottingham.

Dieser Anlaß war Grund genug um in den Bindon Barracks (Scharnhorst Kaserne) eine Parade abzuhalten um auch der Stadt Hameln und seinen BEwohnern und Stadtvätern diese Einheit vorzustellen. Musikalisch wurde die Gründung begleitet durch „The Band of the Royal Engineers“ aus Aldershot unter der Leitung von Captain SW Patch LRAM ARCM RE der später im Jahr 1979 u.a. als „Director Of Music“ beim berühmten Edinburgh Tattoo eine wichtige Rolle spielte. Bob Tyler war seinerzeit dabei und clever genug um diesen, für die Britische Armee und der Stadt Hameln gleichermaßen, historischen Moment im Bild festzuhalten. Vielen Dank für die Photos Bob. 









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    • Jeremy Reid on Oktober 9, 2020 at 10:12 pm
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    HJ Goodson was my grandfather who passed away in 2015. He left the Army in 1983 as a Brigadier. Does anyone have any information on him?


      • Gaye Horton on April 23, 2021 at 11:30 am
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      Hi Don,
      Thanks so much for that, very much appreciated, I’ll pass it on to my mum. Hope retirement is suiting you and very best wishes for the future, Gaye Horton.

      • Gaye Horton on April 23, 2021 at 11:32 am
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      Hello Jeremy,
      My dad was in 64 sqn – SSM JB Horton, I heard him speak of a Col Goodson many times, not sure if it is the same man. Unfortunately my dad died in 1999 so can’t tell you anymore, sorry. Kind regards, Gaye

    • Don Felton on Oktober 7, 2020 at 3:34 pm
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    Yes I remember your dad very well. Hell of a ssm, firm but fair. He saved my bacon in what could have been a court martial situation. I was a Cpl. Our troop Ssgt made a very dangerous decision which I opposed. An argument ensued, it ended up with me pinning him against the wall. Just as the OC entered the building!
    I was charged with attacking a Snco, however your dad knew the truth And stuck up for me. I did a lot of extra duties, but it went no further. For that I am forever grateful.
    I retired in 1994 as a Capt. Now living in Emmerthal with my wife.
    I wish you well.

    Don Felton

    • Horton on August 2, 2020 at 10:22 pm
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    Hello to anyone reading this. My dad was SSM 64 sqn at it’s formation, WOII J B Horton. Anyone remember him or has any photos. Many thanks.

  1. Does anyone remember Dave Rochford

    • Brian Taylor on Juni 22, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    Was in 23 Amphibious Engineer Sqn from 1967/70 then 64 Amphibious Engineer Sqn from formation 1970/72 Loved every minute in Hameln

    • Alan Hollyoak on Februar 2, 2019 at 8:26 am
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    Was in 23 Amph. 1964 till 68, then later in 73 Amph (just in time for the 28 formation parade) till 1974…I would also love the Sqd. Plaque….Thanks….

    • Paul Bransby on Juli 16, 2018 at 4:42 pm
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    Started my service at Beachley Barracks, Chepstow with the AAC. in 1965. Did the tragic Aberfan disaster thing whilst there. Served with 73 AES. 28 Regiment. Hameln from 1969 to 1972. Many memorable times on the Weser and the schemes in Mainz. Started in a Ferret recon. driver troop then moved onto M2B rigs as driver/pilot. My biggest regret was my forced purchase discharge in 1972, due to marital issues. Remained in Germany, working until 1984. My ” claim to fame” during my army career was that M2B training film/video was filmed from the inside rear of my VW Estate car. I also featured in a 20th century Fox recruiting film for the AAC boys entries, whereby I had to comment on how good the food was at Beachley [even though I was lying through my teeth about that!] Never got to see either of these clips or if they were ever used. One last note, if anyone ever reads this, I would love to get a 73 AES or 28 AER wall plaque, if anyone could help.

      • Steve beall on August 6, 2019 at 5:29 am
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      I have a 28AER wall plaque that wa souvenir to my father as he left the army in 72 or 73, happy for you to have it given you served in the same regiment and at the same time.


        • Paul Bransby on Oktober 4, 2019 at 9:34 pm
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        Hi Steve,
        Just picked up your message,.
        I would greatly appreciate and treasure your fathers wall plaque, if you still have it, thank you.
        So long ago now but the forces never leave your blood, even if the memories start to wane!

    • Ken black on Mai 30, 2018 at 7:14 pm
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    Great piece arnd

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