British units, Hannover area 1945-47

Discussion in 'Postwar' started by mac657, May 19, 2015.

  1. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    Hello all, i'm trying to identify which British units or HQ's were based in the Hannover area over the period 1945-47.

    Can anybody point me in the right direction please?


  2. Lindele

    Lindele formerly HA96

    I only remember a British Hospital near Steuerndieb next to the Stadtwald Eilenriede.

  3. Mike_F

    Mike_F Member

    How far from Hannover are you searching?
  4. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    Mike, i'm looking at the city itself i think. The record of the person i'm researching has them AWOL in Hannover . Unfortunately that's all i have. I do know they were Royal Engineers and worked in the Bergen - belsen area post war. I was trying to narrow down possibilities for further reasearch.

  5. Lindele

    Lindele formerly HA96

    Do you mean AWOL = Absence Without Official Leave?

  6. Lindele

    Lindele formerly HA96

    The closest to Hannover was Hameln, see above link.

    I do remember however that British Officers were moving into houses in Kleefeld and Kirchrode (part of Hannover)sometimes between 1946 and 1948.

  7. Historic Steve

    Historic Steve Researching 21 Army Group/BAOR post VE day

    Myself and Bluebell Minor are researching the early days of BAOR, as yet not published and hope the following is helpful to you but regarding the Royal Engineers units these were under Army and Corps not local command

    8th Armoured Brigade Group command 30th Corps redesignated 30th Corps District 11 Jun 45 take over from the 35th US Infantry Division in Hannover City 22 May 45 – disbanded 1 Mar 46
    29 Aug 45 – HQ 10 Garrison arrives – departs Nov 45
    1 Mar 46 – 51st (Highland) Infantry Division relieved 8th Armoured Brigade Group forming 40 (Hannover) Garrison
    22 May 46 – HQ 40 (Hannover) Garrison command to 5th Infantry Division
    8 Jun 46 – HQ 130th Infantry Brigade from British Troops Berlin – redesignated 30th Infantry Brigade 1 Jan 47 – disbanded Apr 47
    Sep 47 – HQ 15th Infantry Brigade – disbanded 31 Mar 48

    Will let you know as Royal Engineer units appear here is for 19 June 1945

    52 CRE Works – HQ Neinburg
    275 Works Section
    661 Artesian Works Company
    663 Artesian Works Company
    552 Army Troops Company

    187 CRE Works – HQ Lüneburg
    569 Artesian Works Company

    HQ 16 Airfield Construction Group – HQ Flensburg
    112 Workshop and Park Company

    Best of luck with your research
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  8. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    Steve, thank you very much for that information, much appreciated. I'll do some digging around your list and see if i can tie anything in from my records. Out of interest, what are you planning to publish ?

  9. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    152nd brigade (51st HD) were in and around the Hanover area, 2 battalions of which (2nd Seaforth were billeted in Neustadt) 5th Seaforth and 5th Camerons were billeted in Herrenhausen, commencing 27th Feb '46. They were tasked with law and order duties. Their main problem being Black market, thieving and murderers. At Hanover Rail Station approx. 1000 German and displaced persons would shelter in the underground bunkers over night. A Cameron raid on the D.P's camp at Empelde, an old Dynamite factory, honeycombed with concrete bunkers, they caught 3 murderers. Late April 152 brig moved to Dempsey Barracks and from there to Brussels in May and suspended animation.

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