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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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Wednesday, 31 January 2007
Tuesday, 30 January 2007
Postcards of Dortmund-Brackel, Dortmund's first Airport (Flughafen), possibly 1926/7?
The airport's terminal in 1927.
Postcards courtesy of Creedo.
Saturday, 27 January 2007
Different views of the two different length ranges and bunkers used by the Wehrmacht/Luftwaffe.
Photos taken by John in NZ whilst with 47 GW Regt. in 1959
The entrance to the barracks in 1959, the year the first Royal Artillery Regiment moved in: 47th Guided Weapons Regiment, RA. Near the entrance, was the Offices and possibly accommodation of 26th US Army Missile Detachment, who were in support of 47 Regt. and their Corporal Missiles.
Accommodation within the camp for HQ, 3 & 4 (Sphinx) Btys. Plus, 256 Signal Squadron, Royal Signals and other supporting units.
Officers Mess and accommodation.
The MT Garages. (REME Workshop)
What later became the RAOC (RLC) yard.
The old rail platform terminus (NAAFI)
Accommodation of possibly HQ Bty.?
Photos kindly sent to me from John O'Meara, now living in Wellington, New Zealand.
Last two photos sent to me with thanks, from Jeff (firstname.lastname@example.org), who was a driver in HQ Bty.
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Friday, 26 January 2007
The other three btys. from the regt. (12 AD) were on OP Fondant, Northern Ireland. It would be a total of 10 months until the whole regt. would be reunited!
Photo taken from 12 AD's Regtl. N.I. Tour Magazine 1988.
Monday, 15 January 2007
Photos courtesy of 36 HAD website.
From 'Rapier' Surface-to-Air Missiles to 'Starstreak' High Velocity Missiles. Conversion course held in Napier's RAGTE. (12 Regt.)
Friday, 12 January 2007
Tuesday, 9 January 2007
Friday, 5 January 2007
Photo courtesy of 'Taff' Morgan & 12 Regimental Forum.
Thursday, 4 January 2007
The new training facilities in Dortmund - Brackel, the former barracks. After the return to Dortmund from the training camp in Turkey, the BVB players could for the first time use the new training facilities. The first pitch was ready and the heated surface gave the team a chance to practice under ideal circumstances despite the cold temperatures in Westfalen.
Photos courtesy of BVB.
Click on link for photos of training ground. In the distance you can see the former RAGTE Rapier Domes. http://www.indianfootball.com/specials/wc2006/pics/2006wc/2006wc-28/2006wc-28.html