Barker Barracks, Sennelager, Paderborn, Germany MOD 45156616.jpg|
Aerial view of Barker Barracks
|In use||1930s - present|
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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 Armoured Corps:
- Dec 1948 - Jul 1951. 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards (moved from York Barracks, Munster and then to Talavera Barracks, Aldershot)
- Jul 1951 - Apr 1959. 8th Royal Tank Regiment (moved from Shaiba Lines, Catterick and then to Wessex Barracks, Fallingbostel)
- Aug 1957 - Dec 1959. 17th/21st Lancers (moved to Piddlehinton)
- Apr 1959 - Mar 1964. 10th Royal Hussars (moved from Swinton Barracks, Munster and then to Lucknow Barracks, Tidworth)
- Feb 1964 - Dec 1966. 13th/18th Hussars (moved from Wessex Barracks, Fallingbostel and then to Cachy Barracks, Perham Down)
- Dec 1966 - Jun 1970. 14th/20th King's Hussars (moved from Cachy Barracks, Perham Down and then to Aliwal Bks, Tidworth)
- Nov 1970 - Jun 1979. Queen's Royal Irish Hussars (moved to Bhurtpore Barracks, Tidworth)
- Jul 1979 - Nov 1986. 3rd Royal Tank Regiment (moved from Bhurtpore Barracks, Tidworth and then to Allenby Barracks, Bovington)
- Nov 1986 - Jul 1992. 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards (amalgamated with 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, to form The Royal Dragoon Guards)
- Jul 1992 - Jul 1996. Royal Dragoon Guards (moved to Aliwal Barracks, Tidworth)
- Aug 1996 - Jun 1999. 1st Royal Tank Regiment (moved to RAF Honington as part of the new Joint NBC Regiment)
- Jun 1994 - Jan 1998. 1st Devonshire and Dorset Regiment (moved from Albuhera Barracks, Werl, and then to Battlesbury Barracks, Warminster)
- Jan 1998 - Feb 2005. 1st Royal Regiment of Wales (moved from Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow and then to Lucknow Barracks, Tidworth)
- Feb 2005–present. 1st Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (moved from Burtphore Barracks, Tidworth)
- Royal Artillery:
- Jan 1962 - Nov 1972. 24 Missile Regiment Royal Artillery (moved from Assaye Barracks, Neinburg and then to Ubique Barracks, Dortmund)
- Nov 1972 - Jan 1978. 45 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery (moved from Ubique Barracks, Dortmund and then to Haig Barracks, Hohne )
- Jan 1978 - Apr 1984. 25 Field Regiment Royal Artillery (moved from Dennis Barracks, Munsterlager and then disbanded)
- Apr 1984 - Jan 1990. 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (moved from Hopton Barracks, Devizes and then to Kirkee Barracks, Colchester)
- Jan 1990 - May 1993. 45 Field Regiment Royal Artillery (moved from Kirkee Barracks, Colchester and then disbanded)
- Royal Engineers:
- 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
- Barker, Paderborner Konversion. Retrieved 05 November 2017.
- Barker, Paderborner Konversion. Retrieved 09 November 2017.
- Barker Barracks Paderborn, The Green Flash. Retrieved 08 November 2017.
- A Squadron 3 RTR Tank Park in Paderborn 1981, The Green Flash. Retrieved 08 Nov 2017.
- Barker, Paderborner Konversion. Retrieved 09 November 2017.
- The British Army in Germany: An Organizational History 1947-2004, Watson & Rinaldi. Retrieved 07 November 2017.
- Paderborn, BAOR Locations. Retrieved 06 November 2017.
- British Army Units 1945 On. Retrieved 06 November 2017.
- 4th Infantry later Guards Brigade - 1947 to 1977, British Army in Iserlohn. Retrieved 05 November 2017.
- 35 Engineer Regiment, Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 05 November 2017.
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