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History of the 21st Army Group and BAOR
May 1945 to February 1949 

May 45 to April 1946

 

21st Army Group – HQ Kurpark Bad Oeynhausen renamed BAOR Aug 45

Commander in Chief: Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery KG GCB DSO

 

2nd Army – HQ Cavalry Barracks Lüneburg disbanded Aug 45

Commander in Chief: Lieutenant General Sir Miles Charles Dempsey KCB DSO MC

 

106th Anti Aircraft Brigade RA from 2nd Army to 21st Army Group – HQ Hamburg to 8th Corps May 45

 

T (Target) Force from 2nd Army to 21st Army Group – HQ Bad Oeynhausen

 

305th Infantry Brigade from 2nd Army to 21st Army Group – HQ unknown to 30th Corps May 45

 

306th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown to 51st (Highland) Infantry Division command 30th Corps District Jun 45

           

307th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown to Denmark May 45

 

308th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown from 1st Canadian Corps to 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division command 1st Corps District Jun 45

 

79th Armoured Division – HQ Melbeck-Tedendorf south of Lüneburg to Wendisch Evern south east of Lüneburg disbanded Aug 45

 

30th Armoured Brigade – HQ Bremen area to Buxtehude area to Pippensen south of Buxtehude Jun 45 to Hahnenklee Jun 45 to Kastorf Jul 45 to Gifhorn north of Braunschweig and command to 30th Corps District Jul 45

 

31st Armoured Brigade – HQ Offensen west of Göttingen to Rotenburg to 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division command 1st Corps District Aug 45

           

33rd Armoured Brigade – HQ Lüneburg to 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division command 30th Corps District Aug 45

           

1st Armoured Engineer Brigade – HQ Ochtrup north west of Münster to Holm Bucholz south of Hamburg disbanded Jul 45

 

Jun 45 – 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division from 30th Corps – HQ Ghent Belgium command to 1st Corps District Jul 45

 

155th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

           

156th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

           

157th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

 

Jun 45 – 7th Armoured Division from 8th Corps – HQ Borgard Barracks Itzehoe to British Troops Berlin Jul 45 to Borgard Barracks Itzehoe Sep 45 to Hamburg area command to 1st Corps District Mar 46

 

22nd Armoured Brigade – HQ Gluckstadt north of Hamburg command 8th Corps District Jul 45 returns Sep 45 to Kellinghausen near Bad Bramstedt to Warendorf Mar 46

           

131st Infantry Brigade – HQ Kellingshausen east of Itzehoe to Bargetheide north east of Hamburg to British Troops Berlin Oct 45 returns to Bargetheide Mar 46 to Melle near Osnabrück Mar 46

 

Jul 45 – British Troops Berlin – HQ Lancaster House Fehrbelliner Platz Wilmersdorf

 

121st Infantry Brigade was formed with units from 7th Armoured Division replaced by 131st Infantry Brigade Oct 45 and disbanded

 

Oct 45 – 131st Infantry Brigade from 7th Armoured Division returns Mar 46

 

12th Corps – HQ Hamburg-Altona to UK and disbanded Jun 45 responsibilities to 8th Corps District

 

8 Base Sub Area – HQ Hamburg

 

3 Army Group Royal Artillery – HQ Hamburg

 

100th Anti-Aircraft Brigade from 8th Corps – HQ Hamburg-Harburg to 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division command 30th Corps May 45

 

101st Anti-Aircraft Brigade – HQ Neuengamme south of Hamburg

 

10 Garrison – HQ Vierjahreszeiten Hotel Central Hamburg

           

4th Armoured Brigade – HQ Bergedorf east of Hamburg to Halstendorf north of Lübeck to 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division command 8th Corps District Jun 45

 

7th Armoured Division – HQ Albersdorf north of Itzehoe to command 8th Corps May 45

 

22nd Armoured Brigade – HQ Gluckstadt north west of Hamburg

           

131st Infantry Brigade – HQ Kellingshausen east of Itzehoe

 

53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division – HQ Hotel Atlanta Central Hamburg to command 8th Corps District Jun 45

           

71st Infantry Brigade – HQ Hamburg

           

158th Infantry Brigade – HQ Hamburg

           

160th Infantry Brigade – HQ Hamburg to command 8th Corps May 45

   

1st Corps – HQ Rhede north of Duisburg formed 1st Corps District May 45 to Aldershot Barracks Iserlohn Jun 45

 

9 Army Group Royal Artillery – HQ Bocholt north of Duisburg to 3rd Infantry Division May 45

 

34th Armoured Brigade – HQ Burgsteinfurth north west of Münster command to 3rd Infantry Division May 45 returns Jun 45 then HQ 19 Sub Area from Jul 45 disbanded Dec 45

 

115th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown command 15th Line of Communication disbanded Aug 45

  

1st Polish Parachute Brigade from UK – HQ Bramsche north of Osnabrück to 1st Polish Armoured Division command 30th Corps District Jun 45

 

105 Reinforcement Group HQ Bulow renamed Ripon Barracks Bielefeld

 

 

3rd Infantry Division from 2nd Canadian Corps – HQ Osnabrück to Ghent Belgium Aug 45 then UK

 

9 Army Group Royal Artillery from 1st Corps – HQ Bocholt north of Duisburg to 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division Jul 45

 

34th Armoured Brigade from 1st Corps – HQ Burgsteinfurth north west of Münster command to 1st Corps District Jun 45

 

8th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

 

9th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

 

185th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

 

1st Belgium Infantry Brigade – HQ Oelde south west of Münster to 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division Aug 45

 

49th (West Riding) Infantry Division from 1st Canadian Corps – HQ Neheim east of Iserlohn

 

56th Infantry Brigade – HQ Soest

 

146th Infantry Brigade – HQ Werl to Münster Mar 46

           

147th Infantry Brigade – HQ Hagen to Bad Lippspringe north east of Paderborn Mar 46

 

Jun 45 – 3 Army Group Royal Artillery from 8 Base Sub Area command 8th Corps District – HQ Bochum

           

Jun 45 103rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA from 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division command 30th Corps District – HQ Stift Keppel School Allenbach near Siegen to Wittgenstein to Olpe north west of Siegen disbanded Mar 46

           

Jul 45 – 157th Infantry Brigade from 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division – HQ unknown returns Aug 45

 

Jun 45 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division from 8th Corps District – HQ St David’s Barracks Hilden south east of Düsseldorf

 

71st Infantry Brigade – HQ Luttringhausen near Remscheid disbanded Mar 46

           

158th Infantry Brigade – HQ Mulheim

           

160th Infantry Brigade – HQ Düsseldorf

           

Jun 45 – 308th Infantry Brigade from 21st Army Group – HQ Mönchengladbach

 

Aug 45 – 31st Armoured Brigade from 79th Armoured Division command 21st Army Group – HQ Neersen south west of Krefeld to 11th Armoured Division command 8th Corps District Feb 46

           

Jan 46 – 159th Infantry Brigade from 11th Armoured Division command 8th Corps District – HQ unknown

 

Jun 45 – Guards Division from 30th Corps HQ Bad Godesburg south east of Bonn replaced by 1st Belgium Infantry Division to HMS Royal Alfred renamed Connaught Barracks Plön command to 30th Corps District Apr 46 replacing HQ 8th Corps District

           

5th Guards Brigade – HQ Pillersdorf Schloss Aue Köln/Bonn area to Holtenau Barracks Kiel Mar 46

           

6th Guards Brigade from 8th Corps – HQ Erziesheim near Euskirchen south of Köln to Hamburg Feldbrunnerstasse/Mollerstrasse adjacent to Atlantic Hotel Alster Mar 46

           

32nd Guards Brigade – HQ Frankenforst Bergische Gladbach east of Köln to Moltke Platz Lübeck Mar 46

 

Jul 45 – 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division from 21st Army Group – HQ Warendorf east of Münster replacing 3rd Infantry Division

 

9 Army Group Royal Artillery from 3rd Infantry Division – HQ Rhede north of Duisburg disbanded Jan 46

 

15th Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA – HQ unknown to 3rd Canadian Infantry Division CAOF command 30th Corps District Feb 46

           

155th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

 

156th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

           

157th Infantry Brigade from 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division – HQ unknown returns Aug 45

 

Aug 45 – 1st Belgium Infantry Brigade – HQ Oelde south west of Münster from 3rd Infantry Division disbanded Dec 45

 

Mar 46 – 1st Belgium Infantry Division – HQ Köln/Bonn area replacing Guards Division

   

8th Corps – HQ south of Kiel to Molfsee south west of Lübeck to Schloss Plön south east of Kiel May 45 formed 8th Corps District Jun 45

 

8 Army Group Royal Artillery – HQ Lauenburg east of Hamburg to Gendarme Barracks Neumünster disbanded Apr 46

 

6th Guards Armoured Brigade from 18th Airborne Corps US Army HQ Lübeck later Ruhleben Kaserne Plön renamed 6th Guards Brigade to Guards Division command 1st Corps District Jun 45

 

Jun 45 – 8 Base Sub Area from 12th Corps – HQ Hamburg

 

3 Army Group Royal Artillery – HQ Hamburg to 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division Jun 45

 

101st Anti-Aircraft Brigade – HQ Neuengamme south of Hamburg

 

106th Anti Aircraft Brigade RA from 5th Infantry Division – HQ Hamburg disbanded Mar 46 responsibilities handed over to HQ 6th Guards Brigade

 

10 Garrison – HQ Vierjahreszeiten Hotel Central Hamburg

 

Jul 45 – 22nd Armoured Brigade from 7th Armoured Division command 21st Army Group – HQ Gluckstadt north west of Hamburg to 7th Armoured Division Sep 45

 

Jul 45 – 131st Infantry Brigade from 7th Armoured Division command 21st Army Group – HQ Kellingshausen east of Itzehoe to Berlin Oct 45

 

5th Infantry Division – HQ Lübeck to 118th Airborne Corps US Army Wismar east of Lübeck May 45 taking over from 6th Airborne Division command returning to 8th Corps May 45 to Schwerin south east of Lübeck Jun 45 and command to 30th Corps District Jun 45

 

13th Infantry Brigade – HQ Lübeck area to Wismar May 45

 

15th Infantry Brigade – HQ Lauenburg area to 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division May 45 returns to Rosenthal May 45

 

17th Infantry Brigade – HQ Lübeck area to Kletzin May 45

 

Jun 45 –106th Anti Aircraft Brigade RA from 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division – HQ Wittenberge to Ludwigslust Jun 45 to 8 Base Sub Area command 8th Corps District Jul 45 

 

 

11th Armoured Division – HQ unknown to Schloss Louisenlund east of Schleswig disbanded Apr 46

           

29th Armoured Brigade – HQ Kropp south west of Schleswig to Schleswig Rathaus (Town Hall) disbanded Jan 46

 

117th Infantry Brigade Royal Marines – HQ Kiel to UK Jul 45

           

159th Infantry Brigade – HQ south of Flensburg to Quantock Barracks Flensburg to 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division command 1st Corps District Jan 46

 

Feb 46 – 31st Armoured Brigade from 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division command 1st Corps District – HQ Flensburg disbanded Apr 46

 

Mar 46 – 4th Armoured Brigade from 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division – HQ Quantock Barracks Flensburg replacing 31st Armoured Brigade command to Guards Division 8 May 46

 

 

15th (Scottish) Infantry Division – HQ Hammoor to Schwerin to Schloss Ahrensburg north east of Hamburg May 45 disbanded Apr 46

 

80th Anti Aircraft Brigade RA – HQ Malente south east of Kiel to Pissau near Eutin

 

106th Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA from 2nd Army – HQ Geeshacht south east of Hamburg to 5th Infantry Division Jun 45

 

4th Armoured Brigade from 12th Corps – HQ Ascheburg south east of Kiel to Quantock Barracks Flensburg Mar 46 command 11th Armoured Division replacing 31st Armoured Brigade

 

1st Commando Brigade – HQ Lübeck to Neustadt north of Lübeck to Oldenburg north of Neustadt to UK Jun 45 replaced by 80th Anti Aircraft Brigade RA

 

44th (Lowland) Infantry Brigade – HQ Bargetheide north east of Hamburg to Ludwigslust Jun 45 to Molln to Bad Segeburg north west of Lübeck Jul 45 to Bad Bramstedt south of Neumünster disbanded Apr 46

           

46th (Highland) Infantry Brigade – HQ Trittau north east of Hamburg to Wismar east of Lübeck Jun 45 to Kreis Storman Jul 45 to Kiel disbanded Apr 46

 

227th (Highland) Infantry Brigade – HQ Ahrensburg north east of Hamburg to Lübeck Jun 45 disbanded Apr 46

 

15th Infantry Brigade from 5th Infantry Division returns May 45

 

53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division from 12th Corps – HQ Hotel Atlanta Central Hamburg to command 1st Corps District Jun 45

 

71st Infantry Brigade – HQ Hamburg

           

158th Infantry Brigade – HQ Hamburg

           

160th Infantry Brigade – HQ Hamburg 

 

6th Airborne Division from 18th Airborne Corps US Army to 8th Corps area – HQ Wismar east of Lübeck to Lüneburg Airfield to UK May 45 replaced by 5th Infantry Division

 

3rd Parachute Brigade – HQ Wismar

           

5th Parachute Brigade – HQ Rosenthal

           

6th Air Landing Brigade – HQ Bad Kleinen south of Wismar

    

5th Infantry Division from 18th Airborne Corps US Army – HQ Lübeck to Wismar May 45 to 30th Corps District Jun 45

                       

13th Infantry Brigade – HQ Lübeck to Wismar May 45

           

15th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown to Rosenthal May 45

           

17th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown to Kletzin May 45

 

30th Corps – HQ Eystrup south of Verden formed 30th Corps District Jun 45 – HQ Neinburg later Cavalry Barracks Lüneburg

 

5 Army Group Royal Artillery – HQ Selsingen north east of Bremen to Braunschweig Jun 45 command to 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division Jun 45

 

8th Armoured Brigade – HQ Rhederstedt near Bremen to Hannover City Jun 45 disbanded Mar 46

           

4th Commando Brigade Royal Marines – HQ Minden later Warburg south east of  Paderborn Jul 45 to UK late 45

           

116th Infantry Brigade Royal Marines – HQ Buxtehude west of Hamburg to UK Jun 45

 

305th Infantry Brigade from 2nd Army – HQ Dissen near Osnabrück to 3rd Canadian Infantry Division CAOF Jul 45

           

Jun 45 – 75th Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA – HQ Onsbrück area

           

Jun 45 – 107th Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA – HQ Bentheim west of Onsabrück disbanded Sep 46

           

Jul 45 – 30th Armoured Brigade from 79th Armoured Division – HQ Gifhorn north of Braunschweig disbanded Oct 45 

 

Guards Armoured Division HQ Fischhafen (Fish Docks) Cuxhaven to Reide west of Verden converted to infantry Rotenburg Airfield and renamed Guards Division command to 1st Corps District Jun 45

           

5th Guards Armoured Brigade – HQ Elm north east of Bremervörde to Neuhaus an der Oste east of Cuxhaven to Syke west of Verden renamed 5th Guards Brigade

           

32nd Infantry Brigade (Guards) – HQ Cuxhaven area renamed 32nd Guards Brigade 

 

43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division – HQ Bremen area to Celle

           

100th Anti-Aircraft Brigade from 12th Corps – HQ Hamburg-Harburg

           

103rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade – HQ Fallingbostel to 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division command 1st Corps District Jun 45

 

129th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

           

130th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

 

214th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

 

Jun 45 – 5 Army Group Royal Artillery from 30th Corps District – HQ Dannenburg south east of Lüneburg disbanded Apr 46

 

Aug 45 – 33rd Armoured Brigade from 79th Armoured Division command 21st Army Group – HQ Lüneburg disbanded Aug 45

                         

 

51st (Highland) Infantry Division – HQ Schiffdorf east of Bremerhaven to Syke west of Verden

           

152nd Infantry Brigade – HQ Bremerhaven area to Shiel Barracks Verden

           

153rd Infantry Brigade – HQ Bremerhaven later Neinburg area

           

154th Infantry Brigade – HQ Bremerhaven later Cuxhaven area

 

Jun 45 – 50th Anti-Aircraft Brigade from 5th Infantry Division – HQ Hinzel Forest Camp Bremervorde east of Bremerhaven disbanded Apr 46

 

Jun 45 – 306th Infantry Brigade from 21st Army Group – HQ unknown

 

Jun 45 – 307th Infantry Brigade from Denmark – HQ Altenwalde near Cuxhaven disbanded late 45

 

52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division – HQ Bremen to Stendal north of Magdeburg to 21st Army Group Jun 45

           

155th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

           

156th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

           

157th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

 

2nd Canadian Infantry Division from 2nd Canadian Corps – HQ Oldenburg to Aurich west of Wilhelmshaven May 45 to Bad Zwischenahn west of Oldenburg Jun 45 to Holland and disbanded Jul 45

           

4th Canadian Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

           

5th Canadian Infantry Brigade – HQ Jever west of Wilhelmshaven

           

6th Canadian Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown to Aurich west of Wilhelmshaven

           

British Units under command to 3rd Canadian Infantry Division CAOF Jul 45

           

4 Army Group Royal Artillery – HQ Oldenburg

 

31st Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA – HQ Wilhelmshaven

 

301st Infantry Brigade – HQ Emden area

 

 

Jun 45 – 5th Infantry Division from 8th Corps replacing 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division – HQ Magdeburg later Yorkshire Barracks Braunschweig

 

105th Anti-Aircraft Brigade – HQ Hildesheim

 

50th Anti-Aircraft Brigade – HQ unknown to 51st (Highland) Infantry Division Jun 45

           

13th Infantry Brigade – HQ Stendal north of Magdeburg Jun 45 to Goslar Jul 45

           

15th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

           

17th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

 

Jun 45 – 1st Polish Armoured Division from 2nd Canadian Corps – HQ Meppen north west of Osnabrück command to 1st Corps District Apr 46

           

10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade – HQ Loningen east of Meppen

           

3rd Polish Infantry Brigade – HQ Lathern north of Meppen

           

1st Polish Parachute Brigade from 1st Corps District – HQ Bramsche north of Osnabrück

 

Jul 45 – 3rd Canadian Infantry Division CAOF formed in Holland Jun 45 replaced 2nd Canadian Infantry Division – HQ Bad Zwischenahn west of Oldenburg replaced by 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division command 1st Corps District May 46 disbanded Jun 46

           

2nd/7th (Rifles) Infantry Brigade – HQ Maple Leaf Barracks Aurich west of Wilhelmshaven

           

2nd/8th Infantry Brigade – HQ Sengwarden Kaserne Wilhemshaven

 

2th/9th (Highland) Infantry Brigade – HQ Obenstrohe south of Varel south of Wilhemshaven

 

British Units under command

           

4 Army Group Royal Artillery – HQ Oldenburg

           

31st Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA – HQ Wilhelmshaven disbanded Mar 46

           

301st Infantry Brigade – HQ Emden area disbanded Oct 45

           

305th Infantry Brigade from 30th Corps District remained for admin – HQ Dissen south west of Osnabrück to Emden Oct 45 disbanded Jan 46

 

Mar 46 – 15th Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA from 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division command 1st Corps District – HQ Wilhelmshaven

 

2nd Canadian Corps HQ Bad Zwischenahn west of Oldenburg to Holland Jun 45 disbanded July 45

 

from April 1946 to June 1947

  

 

BAOR – HQ Kurpark Bad Oeynhausen

Commander in Chief: Lieutenant General Sir Richard McCreery GCB KBE DSO MC later General Brian Hubert Robertson GCB GBE KCMG KCVO DSO MC

 

T (Target) Force – HQ Bad Oeynhausen disbanded Jul 46

 

May 46 – 8 Base Sub Area from 8th Corps District – HQ Hamburg

 

10 Garrison – HQ Vierjahreszeiten Hotel Central Hamburg

 

Jun 46 – GHQ 2nd Echelon from Brussels to command 8 Base Sub Area – HQ Hamburg

 

British Troops Berlin – HQ Lancaster House Fehrbelliner Platz Wilmersdorf

 

130th Infantry Brigade from 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division to 5th Infantry Division Jun 46

 

Jun 46 – 5th Guards Brigade from Guards Division returns Oct 46

 

Mar 47 – Headquarters Norwegian Army Command Germany – HQ Oerlinghausen south of Bielefeld

 

1st Corps District – HQ Aldershot Barracks Iserlohn disbanded Jun 47

 

7th Armoured Division command from HQ BAOR – HQ Hamburg to Shiel Barracks Verden replacing 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division Aug 46

           

22nd Armoured Brigade – HQ Warendorf east of Münster renamed 7th Armoured Brigade Jan 47

           

131st Infantry Brigade – HQ Melle east of Osnabrück renamed 31st Infantry Brigade Jan 47

 

Aug 46 4 Army Group Royal Artillery from 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division – HQ Oldenburg forming HQRA Hamburg District Apr 47

 

49th (West Riding) Infantry Division – HQ Herdingen Castle south of Neheim disbanded Oct 46 replaced by 2nd Belgian Infantry Division – HQ Lüdenscheid

 

3 Army Group Royal Artillery – HQ Bochum disbanded Jul 46

           

49th Artillery Brigade – HQ Dortmund disbanded Jul 46

 

56th Infantry Brigade – HQ Soest disbanded Sep 46

           

146th Infantry Brigade – HQ Münster Mar 46 to Dortmund Jul 46 disbanded Aug 46

           

147th Infantry Brigade – HQ Bad Lippspringe north east of Paderborn disbanded Oct 46

 

157th Infantry Brigade from 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division – HQ unknown to 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division Aug 46 

 

52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division – HQ Warendorf east of Münster to Crerar Barracks Oldenburg May 46 replacing 3rd Canadian Infantry Division CAOF to Bad Zwischenahn west of Oldenburg disbanded Aug 46 replaced by 7th Armoured Division

 

155th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown to Dissen near Osnabrück May 46 disbanded Jul 46

           

156th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown to Aurich west of Wilhelmshaven May 46 disbanded Aug 46

           

157th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown to Barkhausen east of Onsbrück May 46 to 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division Aug 46

 

May 46 – 4 Army Group Royal Artillery from 3rd Canadian Infantry Division CAOF command 30th Corps District – HQ Oldenburg to 7th Armoured Division Aug 46

 

May 46 – 15th Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA from 3rd Canadian Infantry Division CAOF command 30th Corps District – HQ Wilhelmshaven disbanded Aug 46 

 

53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division – HQ St David’s Barracks Hilden south east of Düsseldorf also known as X Division from Jul 46 formed 2nd Infantry Division Feb 47

 

53rd Artillery Brigade – HQ St David’s Barracks Hilden formed 2nd Infantry Division HQRA Feb 47

 

153rd Infantry Brigade from 51st (Highland) Infantry Division – HQ unknown formed 6th Infantry Brigade Feb 47

           

158th Infantry Brigade – HQ Mulheim north east of Düsseldorf disbanded Jul 46

           

159th Infantry Brigade from 11th Armoured Division – HQ unknown disbanded Jul 46

 

160th Infantry Brigade – HQ Llanelly Barracks Hubblerath east of Düsseldorf formed 4th Infantry Brigade Feb 47

           

308th Infantry Brigade – HQ Mönchengladbach disbanded Aug 46

           

Aug 46 – 157th Infantry Brigade from 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division – HQ Krefeld formed 5th Infantry Brigade Feb 47

 

 

1st Polish Armoured Division from 30th Corps District – HQ Meppen north west of Osnabrück to Bramsche north of Osnabrück disbanded May 47

           

10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade – HQ Loningen east of Meppen

           

3rd Polish Infantry Brigade – HQ Lathern north of Meppen

           

1st Polish Parachute Brigade – HQ Bramsche north of Osnabrück

 

1st Belgium Infantry Division – HQ Köln/Bonn area

 

Sep 46 – 2nd Belgian Infantry Division – HQ Lüdenscheid

  

 

Sep 46 – 5th Infantry Division from 30th Corps District – HQ Yorkshire Barracks Braunschweig

 

15th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

           

17th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

 

Mar 47 – 171st Norwegian Tyskland Brigade – HQ Northeim north of Göttingen

 

May 47 – Danish Den Danske Kommando – HQ Jever west of Wilhelmshaven

 

May 47 – 13th Infantry Brigade from Italy – HQ Golsar south east of Hildesheim

  

Feb 47 – 2nd Infantry Division formed from 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division

 

4th Infantry Brigade formed from 160th Infantry Brigade – HQ Llanelly Barracks Hubblerath east of Düsseldorf

 

5th Infantry Brigade formed from 157th Infantry Brigade – HQ Napier Barracks Dortmund

           

6th Infantry Brigade formed from 153rd Infantry Brigade – HQ York Barracks Münster

 

8th Corps District – HQ Schloss Plön disbanded May 46 and areas of responsibility passed to Guards Division command 30th Corps District

 

8 Base Sub Area – HQ Hamburg command to HQ BAOR May 46

 

30th Corps District – HQ Cavalry Barracks Lüneburg disbanded Sep 46 and areas of responsibility to 1st Corps District

 

Guards Division HQ HMS Royal Alfred renamed Connaught Barracks Plön disbanded Apr 47 replaced by Schleswig-Holstein Sub Area Hamburg District

           

5th Guards Brigade – HQ Holtenau Barracks Kiel to British Troops Berlin Jun 46 returns Oct 46 disbanded Dec 46

           

6th Guards Brigade – HQ Hamburg Feldbrunnerstasse/Mollerstrasse adjacent to Atlantic Hotel Alster disbanded Dec 46

           

32nd Guards Brigade – HQ Moltke Platz Lübeck disbanded Dec 46

   

May 46 4th Armoured Brigade from 11th Armoured Division – HQ Quantock Barracks Flensburg to Rotenburg and command to Hamburg District Apr 47  

 

 

5th Infantry Division – HQ Yorkshire Barracks Braunschweig to 1st Corps District Sep 46

           

13th Infantry Brigade – HQ Goslar south east of Hildesheim to Italy Aug 46

           

15th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

 

17th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

 

Jul 46 130th Infantry Brigade from British Troops Berlin – HQ unknown renamed 30th Infantry Brigade Jan 47

 

 

43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division – HQ Celle disbanded Aug 46

 

129th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown disbanded by Aug 46

 

130th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown to Berlin Apr 46

 

214th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown disbanded by Aug 46

 

 

51st (Highland) Infantry Division – HQ Syke disbanded Aug 46

           

152nd Infantry Brigade – HQ Shiel Barracks Verden disbanded Aug 46

           

153rd Infantry Brigade – HQ Neinburg area to 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division command 1st Corps District Jun 46

           

154th Infantry Brigade – HQ Cuxhaven area disbanded Jun 46

 

3rd Canadian Infantry Division CAOF – HQ Bad Zwischenahn west of Oldenburg replaced by 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division command 1st Corps District May 46 disbanded Jun 46

           

2nd/7th (Rifles) Infantry Brigade – HQ Maple Leaf Barracks Aurich west of Wilhemshaven

           

2nd/8th Infantry Brigade – HQ Sengwarden Kaserne Wilhemshaven

           

2th/9th (Highland) Infantry Brigade – HQ Obenstrohe south of Varel south of Wilhemshaven

 

British Units under command

 

4 Army Group Royal Artillery – HQ Oldenburg to 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division May 46

           

15th Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA from 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division – HQ Wilhelmshaven returns May 46

 

Apr 47 – Hamburg District formed from HQ 8 Base Sub Area to HQ 10 Garrison command HQ BAOR – HQ Blankenese Hamburg

 

4 Army Group Royal Artillery from 7th Armoured Division forms HQRA Hamburg District

           

Hamburg Sub Area formed from 6th Guards Brigade – HQ Blankenese Hamburg

           

Schleswig-Holstein Sub Area formed from HQ Guards Division – HQ Connaught Barracks Plön south east of Kiel

 

from June 1947 to February 1949

 

 

BAOR – HQ Kurpark Bad Oeynhausen

Commanders in Chief: Lieutenant General Sir Richard McCreery GCB KBE DSO MC to early 1948 then Lieutenant General BG Horrocks KBE CB DSO MC to Apr 48 then Lieutenant General Sir Charles F Keightley GCB KBE DSO ADC

 

British Troops Berlin – HQ Lancaster House Fehrbelliner Platz Wilmersdorf

 

Headquarters Norwegian Army Command Germany – HQ Oerlinghausen south of Bielefeld to Braunschweig Feb 48 to Neumünster Oct 48 returned to Norway 1951 

 

7th Armoured Division District – HQ Bad Rothenfelde south of Osnabrück disbanded Sep 47

           

7th Armoured Division – HQ Shiel Barracks Verden units to Hannover District Sep 47 but HQ remained until early 1948

           

7th Armoured Brigade – HQ Warendorf east of Münster

           

31st Infantry Brigade – HQ Melle east of Osnabrück

 

2nd Infantry Division District – HQ St David’s Barracks Hilden south east of Düsseldorf

           

2nd Infantry DivisionHQ St David’s Barracks Hilden south east of Düsseldorf

           

4th Infantry Brigade – HQ Llanelly Barracks Hubblerath renamed 4th Infantry Brigade Group Aug 47

           

5th Infantry Brigade – HQ Napier Barracks Dortmund renamed 5th Infantry Brigade Group Aug 47 to Aldershot Barracks Iserlohn Sep 47

           

6th Infantry Brigade – HQ York Barracks Münster renamed 6th Infantry Brigade Group Aug 47

 

 

5th Infantry Division – HQ Yorkshire Barracks Braunschweig disbanded Sep 47 units to Hannover District

 

13th Infantry Brigade from Italy – HQ unknown

           

15th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

           

17th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown

 

30th Infantry Brigade – HQ unknown disbanded Aug 47

 

471st – 472nd – 481st – 482th Norwegian Tyskland Brigade command 5th Infantry Division – HQ Northeim to Goslar Jan 48 to Hamburg District Oct 48

 

Den Danske Brigade – Danish Brigade Group – HQ Cardigan Barracks Jever west of Wilhelmshaven

 

Hamburg District  – HQ Blankenese Hamburg

 

Hamburg Sub Area – HQ Blankenese Hamburg disbanded 1949

 

Schleswig-Holstein Sub Area – HQ Connaught Barracks Plön south east of Keil to Cavalry Barracks Schleswig Feb 48 disbanded Apr 48 replaced by 2nd Independent Parachute Brigade

 

4 Army Group Royal Artillery (Field) formed from HQRA Hamburg District – HQ Blankenese Hamburg

 

4th Armoured Brigade – HQ Rotenburg disbanded Jul 48

 

Feb 48 – 2nd Independent Parachute Brigade from UK – HQ Marine Barracks Schleswig with responsibilities of former HQ Schleswig Holstein Sub Area renamed 16th Parachute Brigade Jul 48 to Hannover District Sep 48

 

Oct 48 – 482nd – 491st Norwegian Tyskland Brigade from Hannover District replacing 16th Parachute Brigade – HQ Marine Barracks Schleswig

            

Feb 48 – 2nd Independent Parachute Brigade from UK – HQ Marine Barracks Schleswig with responsibilities of former HQ Schleswig Holstein Sub Area renamed 16th Parachute Brigade Jul 48 to Hannover District Sep 48

 

Oct 48 – 482nd – 491st Norwegian Tyskland Brigade from Hannover District replacing 16th Parachute Brigade – HQ Marine Barracks Schleswig

 

Sep 47 – Hannover District formed from 7th Armoured Division – HQ Sterling House Hannover

 

7th Armoured Brigade from 7th Armoured Division – HQ Warendorf east of Münster to Bournemouth Barracks Soltau

           

13th Infantry Brigade from 5th Infantry Division – HQ Hannover disbanded Mar 48

           

15th Infantry Brigade from 5th Infantry Division – HQ unknown disbanded Mar 48

           

17th Infantry Brigade from 5th Infantry Division – HQ Hannover disbanded Mar 48

           

31st Infantry Brigade from 7th Armoured Division – HQ Melle east of Osnabrück to Goslar south east of Hildesheim replacing Norwegian Tyskland Brigade Oct 48

 

Norwegian Tyskland Brigade from 5th Infantry Division – HQ Goslar south east of Hildesheim to Hamburg District Oct 48

 

Den Danske Brigade – Danish Brigade Group from 5th Infantry Division – HQ Cardigan Barracks Jever west of Wilhelmshaven

 

 

Sep 48 – 16th Independent Parachute Brigade Group from Hamburg District London Barracks Hannover

 

more research to follow last updated 28 Mar 12 additions and amendments most welcome steve@baor-locations.co.uk 

 

many thanks to JPW for his continuing research 

Information sources

Thanks go to the Polar Bear Association for "The Polar Bear News" a weekly newspaper for the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division published in Iserlohn from Oct 45 to Oct 46

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