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PostSubject: BAOR history   9/7/2008, 02:56

Hi all,
I have just registered after watching this site for a couple of months.

A good history of BAOR is needed, and now before some old soldiers fade away.

I served 1951-1952 with 40 Field Sqn, Royal Engineers, 37 AER at Roberts Barracks, Osnabruck; and cant seem to locate anyone from my time there.
We had a great time, with many great memories: trips to Hamburg, Hannover, Sennalager, Hameln, and six weeks in Belgium in 1952. BAOR was certainly the best posting then; especially food and barracks, not sure about the beer!
Central heating in 1951, no one had that in England then.

What amazes me is so few on this site, bearing mind that during the National Service period there must have been close to 1000 arriving in BAOR every day; where are they all now and how can they be contacted to pass on memories?

Last year I wrote an article for some railway friends regarding BAOR Trains, aimed at locomotives and carriages; in fact it was even difficult to find details of one type which I photographed in Osnabruck.

Regards
Tony [living in Sydney, Australia]
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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   9/7/2008, 09:17

Hi Tony, welcome to the site mate.

"I served 1951-1952 with 40 Field Sqn, Royal Engineers, 37 AER at Roberts Barracks, Osnabruck; and cant seem to locate anyone from my time there."

I was an Army "Brat" in Osnabruck and used to hang around the swimming pool and stables in Roberts BKS during the summer holidays.

Talking about Military trains, there was a thread posted about that recently. I'd be interested in your article as there are many "Train Spotters" on the RAOC Board who'd love to read it.

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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   9/7/2008, 09:18

I found the post Tony,

Here it is:

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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   10/7/2008, 03:29

Thanks Jim,

My article was only the leave Blue, Red and Green trains.
That last post I had never heard of that type of wagon used by Army, although I do remember seeing a few wagons with those sentry boxes, they had been introduced by the German Army to guard trains, what a terrible job, freezing in winter, and hot and smokey in summer.

Strangely, in Roberts Barracks we only went to the areas we had to. Not being a truck driver, I only a couple of times went to the MT yard; half of the barracks belonged to 38 AER so you never went there, except I think if you reported sick the MO was down the far end of 38 AER front blocks?
I dont reember the swimming pool either.
I dont remember seeing Army 'brats' either.
Also looking on line at the map, there is an extensive railway yard and stores area at the back of the site, I dont remember going there.

My article is on an MS word file, which includes a few photos; anyone interested I can send.
Email me at ware@bigpond.com.au for a copy.

I well remember Sennelager, but cant remember where we stayed, only it was a lot of fun, and after a week you could handle a 303 better than John Wayne!!!

More memories are required from all who served there; but I guess a lot of National Service blokes were not happy doing time, and could not get out quick enough Roll on Demob; so have pushed those days out of thier minds. A real pity.

National Service did us all a lot of good when you think about it, should still be on and would cut a lot of crime we have today. Military Law was a lot tougher than Civil Street of today.

Cheers
Tony
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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   10/7/2008, 08:37

Tony, do you happen to know who provided the boarding school trains. I remember that at the begining and end of every term at Hamm, Wilhelmshaven and Plon (should be an umlaut there)
we were all put on trains to the various military garrisons.


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PostSubject: Re:- Trains   10/7/2008, 12:15

Take a look at the "In Theatre Schooling" page on the main site, there may be something in the links there.

Paul.
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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   10/7/2008, 13:11

During the 1970's from Osnabrück to Hamm at the beginning and end of term, we always travelled on Bundes-bahn.
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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   11/7/2008, 09:27

Thanks Paul, I'll check that out

Windsor boy? I take it you got your nic from your school then Smile
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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   13/7/2008, 01:44

Hi Jim,

Yes I went to WBS in Hamm 1974-77. Cool

When were you in Osnabrück and which school did you attend?

Cheers

Mick
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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   24/7/2008, 08:55

Mick,

I was in Osnabruck in the early to mid '60's and I went to Prince Rupert's in Wilhelmshaven.

Tony, I posted you article and gor great responses, see:

http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/raoc/vpost?id=2856535
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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   25/7/2008, 04:13

jim wrote:
Mick,

I was in Osnabruck in the early to mid '60's and I went to Prince Rupert's in Wilhelmshaven.

Tony, I posted you article and gor great responses, see:

http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/raoc/vpost?id=2856535


Hi Jim,
Had a look at your site and a good number of comments. Thanks.

Some very good memories; those boat and train trips were the first trip abroad for most of us, the contrasts between the troop ships, meals on the train and a new language was great, even for those who were not happy at having to do National Service.

I had an elder cousin who did his National Service down a coal mine, so we had it really good in BAOR.

There seems to be enough for a big article covering the Army brats who went to school in Germany. I wonder if many actual travelled by themselves back to U.K. for any reason?

Keep up the memories, before they fade away.

Cheers
Tony
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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   25/7/2008, 20:37

I can clearly remember joining a troop train at Woking in April 1953 (I've no idea where it started out from), which had just come from Pirbright.

I think that it was a double header (two locos) and was so long it had to stop a few time for squaddies to get on with all their kit.

It left about 1400 and went non-stop skirting London, eventually arriving at Parkeston during the evening.

The "Vienna" troopship had already sailed fully loaded, so we (literally hundreds from mixed units), had to bunk down for the night to wait for the Saturday night sailing to the Hook.

Arriving at the Hook at 0730 next morning (Sunday). We had breakie, and then boarded one of two 'troopers' headed for Germany.

These were very comfortable, and the tucker was A1 in the Restaurant Waggon. No complaints here!

Our train was headed for Berlin and I, together with about 100 others, got off at Osnabrück about 1300 and were trucked on to Bad Oyenhausen to await posting next day (Monday).

Many of us from that era have passed on now, and so are the memories. A shame really, which is why everyone should mention them while they still can!
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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   26/7/2008, 01:24

Hi Redcap,

I have heard of a number of trains to Parkeston from places other than Liverpool Street. Some coming from up north such as Manchester.
Generally this occured when a complete unit was moved the BAOR.
If I remember Pirbright was the MP's training base, would not been a trainload from Pirbright. The train would have taken an interesting route.
So many military bases within 20 miles of Aldershot in those days, the train could have started at any of a number of stations.
Guessing travelled perhaps via Kensington and around North London to Stratford to join the line to Parkeston. Would have taken a few hours, maybe that was why you missed the boat.

Yes many must now have passed on, it is now 55 years, how time flys. However, much has remeained in my memory, I guess because it was a great experience. Free travel is always worth having.
Thanks for your comments.
Regards,
Tony
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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   26/7/2008, 06:51

Hi Tony,

The RMP Depot then was in Woking. Pirbright was the Guards Depot. Various units had also boarded our train in Aldershot I believe! The Vienna had sailed because it was packed full of personnel which had arrived earlier that day I guess!

You are right-where did the last 50 odd years go to?

Cheers,

Ian.
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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   26/7/2008, 07:07

Somewhere on these pages was a reference to Bad Salzuflen and whether any badges were based there?

I have just learned that in 1952 only RMP were based there.

Their HQ was in Park Straße, and the NCO's were billeted in the Park Hotel in Herford Straße. This hotel had been requisitioned by MOD.
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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   31/7/2008, 10:31

ah what wonderful memories. I recall a Journey from Berlin to Hamburg, I was vey young, maybe 3. I do recall it was bitterly cold and all the troops were stamping their boots, then suddenly my Mum and I were on the train and it was lovely and warm. We then travelled from Hamburg to Harwich on a troop ship, now that was smelly Smile

I don't know where we went to from Harwich, probably Bury as my Dad was a Lancashire Fusilier.
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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   4/10/2008, 22:12

As a 15 year old in 1948 I travelled with my family from Harwich to the Hook of Holland thence by train to Hamburg. We were met at Altona station by Dad with a 15cwt truck which took us to 15 BOD at Glinde, about 15 km from Hamburg. As a 15 year old I had the most marvellous 2 years there. Went to Hohenzollern Ring School in Hamburg for a while. When I left school I got a job in the signwriters shop in the depot. What memories!!
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PostSubject: 15 BOD   5/10/2008, 12:01

Jim,

I think your expertise is called for here in verifying the location Very Happy

I have looked at two areas called Glinde in the Hamburg area, and the one to the west seems to be more likely. The area still seem to be in use, although the rail spur looks as thought it has been taken up.

There is an area in Reinbeck that looks very similar to other MQ layouts in Germany as well.

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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   10/11/2008, 12:55

The trains mentioned earlier for the Hamm schoolchildren were special trains organised (nd presumably paid for) by HQ BAOR transport and movements. I was with the movements detachment in Dortmund in the mid 70's and we covered these trains departure and arrivals. Obviously they departed to take the kids home at the end of term and arrived at the start of the next term. If you have ever seen the old St.Trinian's films then you will know what it was like on the platform at Hamm station in those good old days!!
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PostSubject: Re: BAOR history   11/11/2008, 09:23

Paul, I've just been looking at google maps of Hamburg and I think you're right.

Sandbag, the scene at the sidings in Wilhelmshaven were definitely reminiscent of St Trinian's. Smile
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