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Osnabrück Various
A government sponsored website has been created to show the the conversion of Osnabrück from a garrison town to a military free zone. To view the site please click here.

A war damaged Osnabrück City Centre.
I was stationed in Osnabrück in 1956 for a year maybe, before moving to Münster. We lived in a large house backing onto a coal yard. RSM Hudson was my boss. We had staff; cook, maid, bar steward.2 interpreters (ex German para's) and a mechanic. It was a great life, but being 19 I didn't fully appreciate it. Five of us single men lived in the house. Coffee in bed in the morning. Took turns to tell the chef the food order for the next week. The house must have had a name but I don't remember it. Maybe someone can tell me. It's all a long time ago. Local CID were honorary members of our bar. Being the youngest Sgt, it was my duty to run them all back to their station when they had had enough.
Ian Hilton ex Sgt. 72 Section S.I.B.

The above picture shows the British 8th Corps advance to Osnabrück. The actual regiment shown is the King's Scottish Light Infantry, clearing a street in the town of Brookterbeck. Date unknown.
Crown  Copyright 

These Tankies  are supposedly in Osnabrück. Does anyone know of a panzer regiment being stationed here?

The Globe Cinema , Osnabück, 1952.
The Globe Cinema very close to the city centre. This is a problem I am trying to identify its location:
We took the tram [are there still trams?] from end of An Der Netta Heide into the city and got off at a major tram intersection which from memory was still called Adolf Hitler Platz [on tram tickets?] walked south about 200-300 metres, turned left through a hole in a wall [war damage still] and cinema was just there. Photo taken a few yards in from hole in the wall if I remember.

Courtesy of Tony Burgess 22414720 RE

We are getting a bit nerdy now, but on leaving Osnabrück we noticed these houses (top and below).
On closer inspection they couldn't resememble Rochdale Barracks, Bielefeld, any more if they tried - by style that is.
Me thinks it was the same architect.
Stop press - The information below was supplied very kindly by email;


 The houses on Wersener Str, Osnabrück, were built between 1928-29,

the architect was Herr Wilhelm Nietmann. I need to do a bit of digging to see if he did any work on the camps.

Below - the entrance to Rochdale (formerly Mossbank). Notice the three bricks (one for each Reich) under each

windows and the ribbed wall corners. The cellar window openings were also very similar.

This aerial photo show the former married quarters which where situated just outside Osnabrück at a place named Belm. I recall that the ten rows of houses west of the main road were officers quarters, while the tower blocks and lower blocks on the other side of the road were lower ranks.

Other MQ areas around Osnabrück included:

Kleine Moscow (close to Roberts Barracks)
Kleine London 


Click here to see the flats being maintained by Garrison Works Alliance!


Here are some photographs of Osnabruck taken in 1976:


Osnabruck - Bundeswehr Bks in the foreground and with Woolwich Barracks in the middle distance including the main NAAFI

                                                                                                                       Courtesy of John McIntyre


Aerial shot looking east towards Roberts Bks with the canal in foreground

                                                                                                                       Courtesy of John McIntyre


Quebec Bks in 1976

                                                                                                                         Courtesy of John McIntyre


Quebec Bks in 1976

                                                                                                                       Courtesy of John McIntyre


Quebec Bks - 659 Sqn AAC in 1976

                                                                                                                      Courtesy of John McIntyre


AFV439 and AFV432 vehicles, formerly of 12 Mech Bde HQ & Sig Sqn, depart from Quebec Bks for the last time in December 1976, on their way to form Task Force Delta Signal Troop (TFD Sig Tp) in York Bks, Munster. TRD Sig Tp joined TFC Sig Tp (formerly 4 Gds Armd Bde and Sig Sqn) and jointly became 4 Sqn, 2 Armd Div HQ & Sig Regt. In early 1978 TFD Sig Tp moved back to Osnabruck into Woolwich Bks next door to TFD HQ. The soldiers of this troop were accommodated in Scarborough Barracks due to the lack of domestic accommodation in Woolwich Bks.

                                                                                                                      Courtesy of John McIntyre