Blücher barracks (Hemer)
Blücher barracks (2006)
|status||abandoned since 2007|
|Old barracks names|
No. 7 Civil Internment Camp
|Formerly stationed units|
|147th Infantry Brigade
2nd Infantry Division
Location of the Blücher barracks in North Rhine-Westphalia
The Blücher barracks was a Bundeswehr location in the North Rhine-Westphalian town of Hemer ( Märkischer Kreis ). In 1956 the first soldiers moved into the barracks, and in 2004 Defense Minister Peter Struck announced the abandonment of the site. The barracks was located east of Hemeraner downtown on the former site of the main camp VI A . In 2010, the Hemer State Garden Show took place there . The area was 30 hectares .
In the autumn of 1934 the Reich Treasury had acquired grain fields in Apricke in order to be able to use them as a training area for the Wehrmacht. This was preceded in January 1934 in Iserlohn that the construction of three barracks, the later Blücher, Winkelmann and Seydlitz or Corunna barracks, had been decided, but troops should only be relocated to Iserlohn when the Apricker Feld was also used Would be available. In October 1934 it was added that a supplementary battalion should be stationed in Hemer. From the summer of 1935 this was housed in barracks in the center of Hemer that had been built for this purpose since December 1934. In the late 1930s, the first barracks were built below the Jüberg when the Wehrmacht built the armored barracks in Hemer. After the war began, the plans were changed and the site as a base camp VI A used. After the US Army liberated the camp, they set up the Camp Roosevelt internment camp and handed it over to the British, who then designated it as Civil Internment Camp No 7 . Between 1946 and 1956 there was the Belgian Casernes Ardennes , which the British 49th Infantry Division had handed over to the Belgian 2nd Belgian Infantry Division .
When general conscription was introduced in 1956 , Hemer was one of the first branches of the Bundeswehr . On July 1, 1956, the first tank battalion moved into Hemer, followed on January 12, 1957 by the 13th Panzer Grenadier Battalion from Schleswig . The facility, previously called Jübergkaserne and then temporarily called Panzeraserne, was named after the Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher in 1964 . From the Panzer Regiment 100, which advanced in 1970, the Panzer Brigade 20 "Märkisches Sauerland" developed through various restructuring and amalgamation in 1975 .
After the fall of the Iron Curtain , the structure of the battalions also changed in Hemer. Some battalions were disbanded, a driving school, medical companies and a training center were set up. In 2004 Defense Minister Peter Struck announced the closure of the site and the relocation of most of the troops to Augustdorf . Until 2007, the barracks were closed as part of the restructuring of the Bundeswehr. The official farewell event took place on January 23, 2007, and the Federal Real Estate Agency handed over the site to the city of Hemer on October 2 .
At that time, ten accommodation buildings on the site were from 1935, twelve administration buildings from 1935 to 1985. The 14 halls, storage buildings, depots and garages that existed in November 2006 were built between 1975 and 1985. Three other buildings for the technical and social infrastructure were from the 1980s.
In addition to the actual property, the site also included the Deilinghofen training areas (which was located above the barracks) and Ostsümmern as well as the Landhausen site shooting range . There was also a branch of the Unna site administration in Hemer .
The group of alumni, reservists and survivors of the German Armed Forces Association remained in Hemer.
In October 2007 the city of Hemer acquired the barracks area. The site was divided into the areas of KulturQuartier in the state garden show, WohnQuartier on the city terraces, LGS Hemer 2010 - city terraces and rock park and commercial quarter on rock park. In May 2008, the city sold part of the latter area for the realization of a commercial cluster in the field of security and disaster control.
Change of use
As part of the conversion , the State Garden Show 2010 took place on the former barracks site , which was organized by the city of Hemer and attracted over one million visitors. The successor park has been called Sauerlandpark Hemer since February 1, 2011 .
The move of the Hemeraner Woeste-Gymnasium to the former Blücher barracks was planned, but did not materialize. According to a feasibility study, moving should cost less than expanding the old location. In this case, however, no extra funding would have flowed from the state. Hemer would have had to pay around 26 million euros for the move with significantly less funding. In April 2009, the Regenbogenschule , a special school with a focus on language, moved into building twelve, which had been completely renovated and which was previously the headquarters of the 203rd Panzer Battalion. The cost of moving from Menden to Hemer was estimated by the Märkischer Kreis at just under three million euros. The district administration closed the rainbow school on June 10, 2010 until further notice due to the presence of pollutants in four classrooms. In spring 2011 the school reopened.
The Center for Security and Disaster Protection Technology (ZSK) has been located on a further part of the barracks area since March 2009 and is to be distinguished from the registered association “Society of the Security and Defense Industry”. This technical area of the Blücher barracks with around 106,000 m² was acquired in 2008 by GSW-Consulting GmbH, society for advice for the security and defense industry, which has taken over the location management of the ZSK. Insolvency proceedings were opened against the assets of GSW-Consulting by a decision of the Hagen District Court on March 18, 2011.
Associations and units in the Blücher barracks
- Panzergrenadierbataillon 13, 1957 to 1959, then reclassified and renamed to Panzergrenadierbataillon 203.
- Panzerbataillon 120, March 25, 1970 - 1975, then renamed to Panzerbataillon 203
- Panzerbataillon 201, 1981 to 1992 (disbanded)
- Panzerbataillon 203, 1975 to 2007 (moved to Augustdorf)
- Panzerbataillon 204, until 2002, Aufwuchs-Btl (dissolved)
- Panzergrenadierbataillon 201 (not active), 1981 to 1992 (disbanded)
- Panzergrenadierbataillon 202, April 1, 1965 to March 25, 1970, reformed into Panzer Battalion 120.
- Panzergrenadierbataillon 203, 1959 to March 31, 1965, renamed Panzergrenadierbataillon 202
- Panzerjägerkompanie 200 (disbanded)
- Panzerpionierkompanie 200, 1976 to 2006 (moved to Augustdorf)
- Driving training center Hemer (until 2006, relocated to Ahlen)
- 4th company of Medical Regiment 22 (previously 6./SanRgt 7, (previously 6./SanBtl 7) belonging to SanRgt 22 Hamm, relocated to Ahlen)
- 7th company of Medical Regiment 22 (formerly 8./SanRgt 7, (formerly 7./SanBtl 7) belonging to SanRgt 22 Hamm, relocated to Ahlen)
- Reserve hospital group 7315, until 2007 (LazRgt 73 was dissolved on December 31, 2007)
- Unna local medical center, Hemer branch (closed by 2007)
- Training center for personnel in integrated use 1 (subordinated to Panzerbataillon 203) (AusziehZPersIntegrVwdg 1, dissolved on April 30, 2004 in accordance with organizational order No. 344/2004 of October 22, 2003)
Coats of arms of the units
In one of the former barracks buildings, a traditional room was set up in which images from military history are shown and information is provided. The memorial to the main camp VI A is located in the same block .
- Page of the alumni comradeship of Panzerbrigade 20 - Hemer , with a detailed history
- Hans-Hermann Stopsack: From the office to the city, pages 302/303 . Self-published, Hemer 2000, ISBN 3-00-006685-3 .
- Bundeswehr.de: History of the Blücher Kaserne , accessed on April 22, 2010.
- ikz-online of January 12, 2017: The new location became a hometown , accessed on January 13, 2017
- Always enjoyed a high reputation. Hemer as a garrison of the Bundeswehr. in: Michael Kaub (Ed.): The city network. Balve, Hemer, Iserlohn and Menden. 1st edition. 2009. ISBN 978-3-86037-397-2
- Ministry of Building and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia: Blücherkaserne conversion area ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- City of Hemer: Environmental report on the 49th amendment to the zoning plan (PDF; 361 kB)
- Project database for urban redevelopment West NRW: Blücher-Kaserne, Hemer (status: July 2008) (PDF; 48 kB)
- Märkischer Kreis: Kreis buys barracks building for rainbow school
- WP Menden : "Closed out of caution" , published on June 9, 2010, accessed on June 14, 2010
- come-on.de from April 18, 2011: Renovation of the special needs school is cheaper , accessed on January 13, 2017
- Society of the Security and Defense Industry in North Rhine-Westphalia eV: Press releases ZSK-HEMER opening ceremony ( memento of the original from August 13, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Register portal: Commercial register of the Düsseldorf District Court, HRB 55212
- Hagen insolvency court, file number 106 IN 318/10 as well as entry in the commercial register of the Düsseldorf local court dated March 21, 2011 under HRB 55212.