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to the Kaserne before World War II (from Wolfgang Scherp website)
This translation is from Wolfgang Scherp.
Also, the below mentioned initial building was Building 1601, which is labeled on the Lageplan jpg sent yesterday as "Stab u. Nachr. zug" (Staff (HQ), Communications, and Medical) . . . Building 1601 later housed HHB (Headquarters Battery) 2/6 FA, US Army.
PS: I've also attached a WORD document with the text information
Also, as you may recall, Steinau is just up the valley between Waechtersbach and Schluchtern. The name Steinau an der Strasse refers to it being on the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale Road (which the Germans call the Maerchenstrasse). The BG were born in Hanau & lived for awhile in Steinau (their house there is an attraction) before heading north -- there are BG related statues in both Hanau & Steinau. The Fairy Tale Road actually goes through Steinau to Schluchtern before it makes a hard left and heads north. (I've also attached a recent, fuzzy pg of the FT Road)
Gelnhausen Kaserne construction information translated from page 19 of Die Panzer-Abwehrabteilung 9 in Gelnhausen und ihr Schicksal 1935 – 1945 by Gerhard Freund. (Steinau an der Strasse, Germany: Maerchenstrassen-Verlag, 1996.)
The Kaserne is being built in the Herzbachtal area. At first, they built the building for the Staff (HQ), the Communications Detachment and the Medical Detachment; next, they followed with a building each for the 1st and the 2d Company; next, the building for the Officers Club (Kasino), the dining hall, and the Kantine (small restaurant); after these, they continued with another building for two Ersatzkompanien (called E-Companies) in anticipation of the ongoing mobilization and preparation of a possible war. In these Ersatzkompanies (note: like inactive reserves) the older citizen/soldiers were trained in 8-week rapid training cycles and released for a pool of trained soldiers awaiting their call to be sent to the Feld (war zones). Next, were the building for 3d Company, followed by a maintenance (shop) and spare parts building; also an armory (storage & repair of arms); next came an indoor small caliber weapons range, a gas station, the parade ground, and the vehicle halls along highway B 40. Finally, a sandstone and wire fence was built around the Kaserne complex. Then a large pond, fed by the water from the Herzbach creek, gave the Kaserne the looks of a picturesque and peaceful (what irony) landscape impression.
|Stone work on Bldg # 1603|
|Looking west from cathedral before NCO housing or uphill barracks built|
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