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Alexander Barracks

Situated on Hohenzollernring, Spandau, Alexander Barracks was home to the Berlin Brigade's REME Workshops and the Transport Squadron.
The barracks took its name from Field Marshal Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, KG, OM, GCB, GCSI, GCMG, GCVO, DSO, MC, PC, who was commander 15th Army Group during the Second World War.
 
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REME
 8 Lines of Communication Wksp REME 1945-1946
9 Lines of Communication Wksp REME 1945-1946
113 Sub Wksp REME 1946-1948
113 Area Wksp REME 1946-1948
Berlin Wksp REME 1948-1960
14 (Berlin) Inf Wksp REME 1960-1970
14 Fd Wksp (Berlin) REME  1970-1977
14 Berlin Fd Wksp REME 1977-1993
 
RASC
950 (GT) Coy RASC circa 1949
3 Ind Sta Maint Sec RASC circa 1949
 
RCT
62 Sqn (Berlin) RCT
 
 
 
Left - HQ 950 Company RASC - 1949. Right - Some of the handywork carried out by the green fingered Captain John Pitman. Himself and several willing British and German drivers managed to give the barracks a domesticated appearance.
Courtesy of Mr David Carpenter
 
 
14 Berlin Field Workshop REME
 

The Workshop was originally formed as Number 2 General Troops Workshop in Stirling, Scotland, in June 1943 just six months after the formation of REME. From there it divided into two, 8 Lines of Communication Workshop REME and 9 Lines of Communication Workshop REME to cross the Channel about 20 days after the invasion of Normandy.

The Workshop arrived in Berlin on 5 July 1945 through Kladow and was temporarily housed in the Daimler-Benz garage depot on the outskirts of Spandau. The unit then moved on to a location where it would spend many years, the site of the Spandau Armaments Depot on 9 July 1945.

Over the period September 1946 and August 1948 the title of the Workshops changed, becoming both 113 Sub Wksp REME and 113 Area Wksp REME.

In August 1948, the title  changed yet again to Berlin Wksp REME. This title lasted until February 1960, when the Workshop was renamed 14 (Berlin) Inf Wksp REME, as title which was to last a further 10 years.

In September 1970, the Workshop title was changed to 14 Fd Wksp (Berlin) REME  and in May 1977 to 14 Berlin Fd Wksp REME.

It is presumed that the Workshop then remained in Berlin under this title until withdrawn/disbanded  in 1993, however this is not confirmed.

Both the Workshop and its Stores Section have been staffed in the main by locally employed civilian tradesmen.

Throughout the period of its existence the Workshop had been responsible for the repair support of units in the British Sector of Berlin and later Berlin Infantry Brigade.

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Courtesy of Mr Mick Hall, REME.
 
62 Squadron (Berlin) Royal Corps of Transport 
 

The unit formed in February 1902 as 62 Horse Transport Company RASC. As such it saw service in South Africa and Ireland prior to World War One and throughout the War it served in France. In World War Two it supported Operation Overlord and the advance on Berlin. Following the war it remained in Berlin .

 

On Operation Granby members of the squadron were detached initially in support of 38 Squadron before the complete squadron deployed in January 1991, remaining in the theatre until April of the same year.

 

The squadron administered and controlled the operating of the Berlin Military Train, which ran daily from Berlin to Braunschweig, for over 40 years but, following the unification of East and West Germany, the service ceased on 7 February 1991.

 

62 Transport and Movements Squadron remained in Berlin until the withdrawal of all Allied forces from the city, which took place in 1994, followed by the disbandment of the squadron .

 
I was posted to 62 Sqn in 1969 and left in 1973. There were three troops; A Tp - which was was equipped with Mercedes trucks; C Tp - which was Frizz trucks that delivered food to the quarters (civilian drivers); D Tp provided the buses ( a mixture of RCT drivers and civilians). I see that in the two pictures you can see cars and motor homes parked on what was the square. I went back 3 yrs ago and could not believe the difference to the city. We stayed in the old East where I did many a WRVS trip on a Saturday morning driving the buses.
Yours aye Jock Aitken B.E.M.  
Courtesy of Mr Mick Hall, REME.
 
To see further pictures of 14 (BERLIN) Infantry Workshops REME please click here.