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Barker Barracks
Paderborn
Barker Barracks, Sennelager, Paderborn, Germany MOD 45156616.jpg
Aerial view of Barker Barracks
Type Barracks
Coordinates Latitude:
Longitude:
Built 1930s
In use 1930s - present
Garrison Westfalen Garrison
Occupants 3 (Close Support) Battalion REME
35 Engineer Regiment
1 Battalion Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment

Barker Barracks is a military installation in Paderborn, Germany.

Description[]

Barker Barracks is located in the east of Paderborn, about two kilometres from the city centre. The barracks is bordered by Driburger Straße to the south, the Berliner Ring to the west, Piepenturmweg to the north-west and a rail line to Paderborn railway station to the north-east.

The installation is a typical example of Nazi-era barracks built in the 1930s. The buildings were often three-storey with a high ground floor and two higher floors. The farm buildings are two-storey with higher storey heights for kitchen and dining room use. Separate from these areas there is a technical or a functional area. Here, buildings are built that were specifically needed by the accommodated units, such as halls for motorized vehicles, guns and workshops. In addition, there is a staff building and an officers' mess.

The barracks, with approximately 54 hectares of land, can be divided from south to north into three building zones. In the south is the first building zone with ten symmetrical crew quarters in north-south orientation and two buildings in east-west orientation in which the guard and offices are housed. In the second building zone there are also twenty symmetrically arranged buildings, which, like the crew quarters, are set up in north-south orientation. The third building zone in the north consists of workshops of various sizes as well as maintenance halls, a church and a fuel depot. The crew quarters as well as the guard and the offices form the main entrance of Barker Barracks.[1]

History[]

Third Reich use[]

Under Wermacht control, in the 1930s, the barracks was home to the SS (replacement battalion). Known as panzerkaserne, it was built to accommodate Tiger Tanks.

British use[]

For use by the British Army, the barracks was re-named after General Sir Evelyn Barker. Until 1962, Barker Barracks had been home to only a single British Unit. British units stationed in Barker Barracks were:[6][7][8][9]

  • Headquarters:
    • Dec 1992 - Aug 2001. 20th Armoured Brigade (moved to Antwerp Barracks, Sennelager)
  • Royal Signals:
    • Dec 1992 - Aug 2001. 20 Armoured Brigade HQ & Signal Squadron (200) (moved to Antwerp Barracks, Sennelager)
  • Royal Army Ordnance Corps:
    • Oct 1970 - Apr 1982. 1 (BR) Corps Combat Supplies Battalion RAOC (to be renamed to 5 Ordnance Battalion RAOC)
    • Apr 1982 - Apr 1993. 5 Ordnance Battalion RAOC (moved Princess Royal Barracks, Gutersloh and Tower Barracks, Dulmen) (merged with 6 Ordnance Battalion RAOC to become 6 Supply Regiment Royal Logistic Corps)
  • Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers:
    • unknown - Apr 1950. REME Technical Training School BAOR (moved to Glamorgan Barracks, Duisburg)
    • circa 1979. 57 Station Workshop REME
    • unknown. 20 Close Support Company REME
    • 1995 - 2007. 3 Battalion REME (moved from Hobart Barracks, Detmold) (to be renamed 3 (Close Support) Battalion REME)
    • 2007–present. 3 (Close Support) Battalion REME

References[]

  1. Barker, Paderborner Konversion. Retrieved 05 November 2017.
  2. Barker, Paderborner Konversion. Retrieved 09 November 2017.
  3. Barker Barracks Paderborn, The Green Flash. Retrieved 08 November 2017.
  4. A Squadron 3 RTR Tank Park in Paderborn 1981, The Green Flash. Retrieved 08 Nov 2017.
  5. Barker, Paderborner Konversion. Retrieved 09 November 2017.
  6. The British Army in Germany: An Organizational History 1947-2004, Watson & Rinaldi. Retrieved 07 November 2017.
  7. Paderborn, BAOR Locations. Retrieved 06 November 2017.
  8. British Army Units 1945 On. Retrieved 06 November 2017.
  9. 4th Infantry later Guards Brigade - 1947 to 1977, British Army in Iserlohn. Retrieved 05 November 2017.
  10. 35 Engineer Regiment, Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 05 November 2017.

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