From 1956 until 1970 a Canadian Camp 'Fort Victoria' or otherwise known as Camp 8 included the CAE Station (Radio Canadian Army Europe) It was the first Canadian Radio station in Germany.
Historical Photos from CAE click Here
Once Home to:
Royal 22nd Regiment (Royal 22e Régiment)
In 1970 the Canadians handed over the Barracks including the Annexing Fort Anne (Camp 7) to the BAOR, The Royal Military Police moved into Vittoria Barracks and the CAE Radio Station the BBC and BFBS.
An old rumour was whilst handing over the forts to BAOR, the French Canadian Unit wanted to sell off the Ice ring, but BAOR were not interested, they then tried to sell it for a pound just to say they got something for it. But this offer was also refused, The Canadians responded by bulldozing it...I am sure our Canadian colleges will tell us if this rumour has any truth in it.
For further information about the Canadian Forces who where stationed in these barracks, please visit there Website: Canadian Ruhr Memories 1953-1971.
Once Home to:
115 Provost Company who later became 113 Provost Company, untill closure on 20 July 1994.
Fort St. Louis or otherwise known as Camp 6, was originally a Canadian Camp but was handed over to BAOR in 1969/70 and then renamed Albuhera Barracks.
It was Home to:
1971-1975 2nd Battalion the Queens Regiment
1975-1980 1st Battalion the Queens Regiment
1980-1985 1st Black Watch
1985-1991 1st Battalion the Royal Scots
1991-1994 1st Battalion the Devon & Dorset Regiment
Closed on the 20 July 1994
The Barracks today 17th March 2012
The Parade square and the LEC Wksp Hanger are now being used to store Firewood & wood chippings.
Both camps are decaying rapidly due to vandals and thieves, they have either destroyed or ripped out what could be traded in for cash.
Both camps are used on a regular basis by the Local Fire Brigade for training, and spray the buildings which has increased the decaying process.
The Barracks are well known, and mentioned in several urban exploration (URBEX) photography websites, they visit the camps on a regular basis.
The buildings formerly used as the RHQ & Medical Centre are decaying more than any other building in the barracks.
Local News reports say that both camps are going to be demolished soon.
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