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MINDEN - Elizabeth Barracks

Many thanks Lima. Some happy memories there as a young sprog from January 1972 to September 1974 serving with 1 GREEN HOWARDS. Saturday nights were drunken brawls with either 1 GLOSTERS down the road from us or taking on the local 'Spiks'. Anyone remember the 'Kleine Pari' a short taxi drive away?

I expect the locals were glad to see the back of us!

Regards and best wishes
merlin162 said:
Excellent photos that brought back some memories, I was there from 84-87 with 3 Royal Anglian. What is it used as now?
Around the Square are couple of Supermarkets and other shops. the panzer garages now house heating and Car repair firms and most of the Accomodation blocks have been converted to old peoples sheltered housing.


You know that you do. Simeon Strasse is a mere shadow of it's former self since we left.
Innit just! I'm stuck here again....I think u should all come back! ;)
Oh and there`s absolutely no nite life to speak of now.... Just Markt 15.... where I happen to work. Sooooo saaaaaaad!!!! Mind u... I don't even know if Markt 15 was a pub then!? What can I say... Minden is great if it wasn't for all the germans! LOL
Hi People,

I finally got around to shooting a few Photos of Elizabeth Bks in Minden - The link will take you to a Photo website - click on the Minden Gallery - feel free to check out my other stuff too..

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Hi Chris,

Apologies for resurrecting an old thread. I tripped over this one while looking for some other photos of the civilianised Elizabeth Barracks which I'd seen on ARRSE.

I was in Elizabeth Bks from about April 1978 to about May 1980, initially with the REME LAD that was part of 1 Cheshires and then, when the Cheshires went back to UK, with the Fusiliers (1 RRF?). About the only pic I didn't recognise was the one of the LAD inspection bays. That was new since my time there. I worked in the CET/Tels shop, looking out over Steinkreutz Strasse at the bottom end of the camp.

Excellent pics. They certainly brought back memories. Glad I found them.
Elizabeth Bks Minden, great memories Thanks for the pic Mick, 1st posting with 1RRF. Happy days, no wife, no mortgage, no kids, no pole tax no pressure..just nights drunken with yellow handbags Class!!
Served in Minden Clifton Bks 1976-80 1.D.W.R sad to see the state of Clifton Bks now on the link, good photos of Elizabeth Bks I always thought Elizabeth Bks were the dogs bollocks.


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I suppose most of you fellows are aware but many of these barracks are on British and German websites, often with wartime or prewar images in the case of the Germans. Strange to see Clifton bks where I also once served, having Whermacht? soldiers drilling on the square and queing for grub, just as we did. I have lost that particular link now but shall strive to find it.

To find the British link just tap in 'Clifton Barracks'


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Drifting away down memory lane, last memory on hands and knees weeding the cobbled road that ran all the way around the square. We (1st Bn A & SH) were the last British unit in Elizabeth Barracks.


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Thank you for that, so very interesting. The Germans certainly knem how to build barracks. Incidently Clifton was built in 1936 I think? Hitler wasted little time after gaining office.

Clifton was formally 'Mudra Kaserne' It come up on some German sites.

What was the barracks where the REME were based, down the road from Clifton barracks on the way down towards Minden town.

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