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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Thursday, 7 December 2006

Did tunnels run from Napier to Camp 10?

From John (Jock) McGowan (Ex 12 AD Regt.)

The [12th] Regt. has a dossier somwhere of when we were in Moore Bks. on the B1 in the 70's. Sgt. John Barnes, T Bty., lead a team to explore tunnels which supposedly went from Moore Bks. to Napier Bks. some 10 miles plus as the crow flies? They received permission from the German authorities to go so far and eventually met with a tunnel closure some miles in. However, when permission was asked to break through the wall to continue, all access was denied, fueling speculation as to what was beyond the wall? Rumour has it that there were barracks, ammo dumps, a vehicle pool and even a hospital?
I used to have contact with Barney, but haven't spoken to him for years and can't remember who else was involved with him? But, remember he made a full written report on the whole Op and its findings...John