This site is dedicated to Gunner Mark 'Scouse' Taylor 1967 - 1987. AKA 'Tally'

This site is dedicated to Gunner Mark 'Scouse' Taylor 1967 - 1987. AKA 'Tally'
HQ Battery, 12th Air Defence Regiment, RA. A Fellow 'Wreckin' Crew' Member. Rest easy mucker. Photo courtesy of 'Shacks', his room mate.

Tell us what you know?

Hi all,

I have set this Blog up in order that we can share our memories and photos of our time in Napier Barracks. Whichever cap badge you had at the time, you all have a story to tell.

From the late 1940's until 1995, many regiments have passed through the gates of Napier Bks., albeit mainly Royal Artillery regiments and their supporting units. However, other units were present as Occupational Forces, including squadrons from the RAF Regt. and the Royal Scots Fusiliers post 1945; followed by the Royal Engineers in 1950.

Was you a member of one of the many Luftwaffe Squadrons, or an ancestor of anyone and has a tale to tell? 'Richthofen Kaserne' as the airfield with a new runway was known then. Did you serve in the famous Sturmstaffel 1 that was formed here in 1943?

Which artillery regiment did you serve with or attached unit? Did you serve with the 26th US Army Missile Detachment near the gate's entrance when two artillery regiments had Corporal nuclear missiles; or did you serve in the NAAFI, YMCA or WRVS? Come on, tell us what you know and share those photos you have.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2006

Artillery Regiments that have served in Napier Barracks

Courtesy of RAA - Germany Website

Aerial photo of Napier before its demise

Great photo sent to me from my former 12 BSM, now Maj. Dai Ransom, RA (12 Regt. RA). Many thanks.
Taken in 1994 before 12 & 16 Regts. moved elsewhere and BAOR ceased to exist due to the end of the Cold War.

The Future of Napier

What Napier is to become. Housing at the former entrance and throughout the camp, which surrounds numerous training pitches for BVB Borussia Dortmund. The Golf Club remains, which has also been extended. Most, if not all original Napier buildings demolished. That's progress folks!
Map from a source on the internet.

9 (Plassey) Air Defence Battery, RA - 1985

9 (Plassey) AD Bty. outside BHQ in 1985. Me, I'm just to the right of the left lamp on the back row. Where are you?

If you look at the old Luftwaffe photo, you'll see the BHQ in the background! Back then it was the Feuerwache (Fire Station).
Photo supplied, with thanks by Pete Taylor - Webmaster, 12th Regiment, RA. Bty. insignia courtesy of 12 Regt. Website.

Sturmstaffel 1

Pilot exits his FW 190 A and the groundcrew attend to the aircraft

Luftwaffe crew pose with one of their aircraft.

Sturmstaffel 1 (Storm Squadron 1). Formed at Dortmund on 19 Oct 43, leaving on 29 Feb 44.

Photos and Sturmstaffel 1 insignia, courtesy of FELDPOST.

Monday, 20 November 2006

Dortmund Airport/Aerodrome in the 1930's

On the aerial photo, the terminal is the center building. These may of been destroyed at the end of the war by the Wehrmacht ?

Photos courtesy of Bernhard Weiss - Fliegerhorste Webmaster.

British Cap Badges that have served in Napier

Badges and cypher that have graced Napier over the years. Some have amalgamated to create a new badge and others are no more. On the RE's cap badge, it has changed due to Monarch's Reign. Thanks to 'Taff' Morgan who states that the stables were under the RHA cypher, Intelligence Corps were housed in a Block near the main entrance and not to forget the WRVS who also doned a cap badge.
Cap Badges from the internet.