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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Wednesday, 31 January 2007

Sturmstaffel 1 Artwork

Fw 190 A6 'White 7' Flown by Maj. Erwin Bacsila, Jan.'44.
As shown in the artwork further down.

Artwork from the internet

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Flughafen Dortmund

Postcards of Dortmund-Brackel, Dortmund's first Airport (Flughafen), possibly 1926/7?

The airport's terminal in 1927.

Possibly the opening of the airport?

These buildings were situated on the Flughafenstrasse leading up to where the Industrial Estate is now, near RAGTE. They were demolished around the late 1950's or 60's; possibly to make way for the estate?

Postcards courtesy of Creedo.

Saturday, 27 January 2007

12 Regiment RA November 1994

Regimental line-up and flanked by their colours: HVM 'Starstreak'.

Photo courtesy of Creedo

Wehrmacht/Luftwaffe ranges and bunkers

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

1959 - Gunners move in.

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)

No diving!

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 (, who was a driver in HQ Bty.

Did you know each other?

Friday, 26 January 2007

9 (Plassey) AD Bty. off to Cyprus

The Master Gunner talking to G Troop, 9 (Plassey) AD Bty. before the strat of their UN Cyprus Tour (Dec. 88 - Jun.89).
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

1970's Northern Ireland Training for 36 HAD Regt. RA

Heli training on the former airfield close to the entance of the barracks. 260 Signal Squadron, RS are in force as 'Riflemen'

Photos courtesy of 36 HAD website.

A Troop 12 (Minden) Bty., RA HVM Conversion

From 'Rapier' Surface-to-Air Missiles to 'Starstreak' High Velocity Missiles. Conversion course held in Napier's RAGTE. (12 Regt.)

Bty. insignia from the internet. Photo courtesy of 'Creedo'

Friday, 12 January 2007

10 (Assaye) HAD Bty., 36th HAD Regt 's Thunderbirds

Parading their colours on the old airfield for a special visit during the 1970's.

Bty. insignia from the internet. Photos courtesy of 36 HAD Regt.'s website.

Tuesday, 9 January 2007

32 (Minden) Bty., 16th Regiment RA Guard bid farewell

Battery insignia from the internet. Photo courtesy of 16 Regiment OCA.

Friday, 5 January 2007

Aerial changes of Napier

Before any changes and whilst the barracks are occupied by both 12 & 16 Regts. c. 1994.
Summer 2005 and the clearing of the barracks has begun.
Winter 2006 and the Garrison ammo dump has gone and made way for the golf course to be extended. Groundwork excurvasion is still underway. Buildings can clearly be seen through the leafless trees.
Top photo courtesy of Fliegerhorste website, others courtesy of Google Earth.

Thunderbirds are Go!

Sportsmen from 36 HAD Regt. with their Syrena Cups, with a Thunderbird SAM in the background to keep them company!
Photo courtesy of Keith Holderness.

12 AD Regt. Sergeant & Warrant Officers Mess - 1987

Flanked by regimental colours: Towed Rapier and their Warrant Officers and Sergeants are: CO Lt. Col. Smith RA and WO1 (RSM) Francis.

Photo courtesy of 'Taff' Morgan & 12 Regimental Forum.

T (Shah Sujah's Troop) AD Bty. RA - 1986

The Battery from 12 AD Regt. line up with their colours: Tracked Rapier and support vehicles at the regimental 'Gun' Compound; the former airfield runway.

The Battery Boxing Team.
Photos courtesy of Graham 'Taff' Morgan, bottom left & the 12 Regimental Forum.

Thursday, 4 January 2007

BVB start training at former barracks

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.