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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1957 – 26 Field Engineer Regiment – 60 Field Squadron RE – John Bridgwood-Pt.2 – Bridging Exercise at Polle

© John Bridgwood & Arnd Wöbbeking John Bridgwood, was a young sapper as he comes to Hameln! He was attached to 60 Field Squadron RE. The Squadron was a part of 26 Field Engineer Regiment and were based here in Gordon Barracks from 1950 to 1958, then in 1958 the Regiment was disbanded also here in Hameln. …

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1963 – 29 Field Squadron – Ravelin Bridge Camp memories by John Donaldson

© Arnd Wöbbeking & John Donaldson John Donaldson, L / Cpl was stationed here in Hameln from 1962-1967. He was with 29 Field Squadron which has been part of the 35 Engineer Regiment. Like so many, the Sappers of this squadron have learned to build and practice bridges. This photo series shows the construction of a …

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1961 – Once a “Die Hard”, always a “Die Hard” – Memories of Brian Hedges

© Arnd Wöbbeking & Brian Hedges Brian Hedges, was stationed in Hameln with the 1st Bn The Middlesex Regiment. How to read, this regiment was stationed here in Hameln from 1958 to 1962. Brian has sent some photos from his time, which meanwhile have a historical value. Brian is now 73 years young and was …

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1972/10/06 – 1972/10/20 – EXERCISE “SWORDFISH” – Newspaper Cuts by HNA

© Hessisch Allgemeine Zeitung A few weeks ago, I got some very great photos by Bill Crone. You will find out here: Swordfish by Bill Crone.  Bill wasn’t sure about the name of the exercise, but now I’m sure it was the Exercise Swordfish in 1972. I found some newspaper cuts of the HNA with some photos. …

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1957 – 26 Field Engineer Regiment – 60 Field Squadron RE – John Bridgwood-Pt.1

© John Bridgwood & Arnd Wöbbeking John Bridgwood, was a young sapper as he comes to Hameln! He was attached to 60 Field Squadron RE. The Squadron was a part of 26 Field Engineer Regiment and were based here in Gordon Barracks from 1950 to 1958, then in 1958 the Regiment was disbanded also here in Hameln. …

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1961 – 1st Bn The Middlesex Regiment – “B”-Coy

It is christmas time and some things around my website turned in mystic happenings. In May 2015 I visited the town of Herford with my lovely wife during the “FAREWELL WEEK” of British Forces. We spent a Sunday afternoon at the “Old Market” in the middle of the town. There I meet Ray Shave. A …

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1996/12/01 – 1996/12/04 – EXERCISE “NEPTUNES FROST” – Official handover of the M3 to the 28 Engineer Regiment

© Arnd Wöbbeking all photos © by Eckhard Uhde Vom 01.-04. December 1996 fand in Hameln und Umgebung das Manöver “NEPTUNES FROST” statt. Ein Manöver was einen Wendepunkt für das Regiment darstellte, denn es wurde offiziell mit neuen amphibischen Fahrzeugen ausgerüstet.  Ein Sauwetter, so sagte mir Eckhard Uhde war es damals, als er mir seine …

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1990/11/30 – 1990/12/02 – Swim for Janey / Schwimmen für Janey

I think all knows, the British always have a „Heart for Children“.  So also in November 28th 1990. Tommo Thomas, Steve Goodman, Colin Kerr, Randy Radall, Taff Williams, Bill McGonagle, Dave Jones, Paul Newman and Kevin Walford jumped into water to swim until 48 hours a 200 km long distance. The aim of this was …

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1965/05/27 – John “Jock” Provan – 29 Field Squadron RE – ✝

Am 27 Mai des Jahres 1965 ereignete sich auf dem Weg in das Manöver „Canal Turn“ ein schwerer Unfall. John Provan, der gerade eben erst seine Driving Licence für ein Linkslenker gemacht hat, streifte mit seinem 3t-Bedford RL dabei ein parkendes Auto. Durch den Aufprall auf das parkende Fahrzeug, schleuderte der LKW herum, rutschte durch einen …

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1972/10/06 – 1972/10/20 – EXERCISE “SWORDFISH” – 64 Amph Engr Sqn – Memories of Bill Crone

© Bill Crone As promised, here are a really stunning photo series of Bill Crone! All scannend and restored. The photos showing the Exercise Swordfish in 1972. +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ +++ …

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