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Wavell Barracks


Schmidt-Knobelsdorf-Kaserne took its original name from the fact that it was bordered by Schmidtknobelsdorff Straße, Seeburger Straße and Wilhelmstraße. I connected with the von Seekt-Kaserne (Brooke Barracks), which had originally been built in 1935-6 for the Reichswehr behind the older Schmidt-Knobelsdorf-Kaserne.

Main Gate and Guard Room of Wavell Barracks -1962. 1st Bn King's Regiment shown at the entrance.

Courtesy of Mr Glyn Griffiths

Whilst in British hands these barracks were home to various infantry battalions, Wavell Barracks, named after Field Marshal Sir Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, GCB, GCSI, GCIE, CMG, MC, PC,  and was situated on Wilhelmstraße, Spandau. This barracks and Brooke Barracks were sited next door to each other. The last infantry battalion to be stationed here was the Queen's Lancashire Regiment (now the The Duke of Lancasters Regiment), which left in 1994 after a two year tour. According to the locals the Bundeswehr use Wavell once a year for training, with Brooke Barracks (which was accessible from Wavell), being used by a local business.

1st Bn Royal Norfolk Regiment [assigned Jan 1948]
replaced May 1949- 1st Bn Royal Welch Fusiliers
replaced Sep 1950- 1st Bn Manchester Regt
replaced Apr 1951- 1st Bn Durham LI
replaced May 1952- 1st Bn Royal Scots
replaced Jul 1953- 1st Bn KO Yorkshire LI
replaced Sep 1954- 1st Bn Manchester Regt
replaced Jan 1956- 1st Bn Black Watch (1)
replaced Dec 1957-1st Bn Border Regt
replaced Jul 1959- 1st Bn Y & L Regt
replaced Dec 1960- 1st Bn 2nd Green Jackets

replaced Jul 1962-1st Bn King's Regiment
replaced Jul 1964-1st Bn 3rd East Anglian Regt [redesignated 3rd Bn Royal Anglian Regt]
replaced Aug 1966-1st Bn Queens Own Highlanders
replaced Sep 1968- 1st Bn Staffordshire Regt
replaced Nov 1970- 1st Bn Cheshire Regt
replaced Dec 1972-1st Bn Coldstream Guards
replaced Jan 1975- 3rd Bn Royal Green Jackets
replaced Jan 1977- 1st Bn Welsh Guards
replaced Jul 1979- 1st Bn Grenadier Guards
replaced Dec 1981- 2nd Bn Royal Irish Rangers

replaced Dec 1983- 1 st Bn Royal Hampshire Regt

replaced Feb 1986- 1st Bn Gloucestershire Regt

replaced Feb 1988- 1 st Bn Kings Regiment

replaced Jan 1990- 1st Bn Irish Guards
replaced Mar 1992- 1st Bn Queens Lancashire Regt [withdrawn Aug 1994]


(1) The Black Watch Archivist has given information that they left here in October 1957. Anyone confirm that please?

Me being inspected by GOC Berlin at Wavell Barracks - 1962.
Courtesy of Mr Glyn Griffiths
My Unimog with some of the lads, in between guard at the Russian War Memorial - 1962.
Courtesy of Mr Glyn Griffiths

Wavell Barracks' Guard Room - June 2008. Note the carvings on the stone pillars.

Courtesy of Mr Graham de wey Peters, 1st Bn Grenadier Guards  

Again the Guard Room with what appears to be the remains of the Nazi Eagle on the right hand post.

Courtesy of Mr Graham de wey Peters, 1st Bn Grenadier Guards  

Looking up into the camp.

Courtesy of Mr Graham de wey Peters, 1st Bn Grenadier Guards  

Courtesy of Mr Graham de wey Peters, 1st Bn Grenadier Guards



  I have just been looking through your pictures Berlin Brigade Wavell Barracks. I can't believe how run down it looks, all over grown and shabby. The guardroom looks in quite good condition though. I spent many a day and
night on guard out side it, wind, rain, hail, and snow.
I served in Berlin from 1990 to 1992 with the Irish Guards. Wavell was a brilliant barracks, smart with good living conditions. We witnessed the fall of the Wall. Big mistake in my opinion.
We are planning a visit next year. It's funny when you see some old photos how much you miss a place and it's people.

Berlin was a smashing posting. It's a shame the lads now don't have the chance of posting there.

Danny Riccio. Ex Mick.