British soldier dies - Injured at hospitals in Regensburg
On Monday morning, nine British soldiers were injured in a serious vehicle accident on the American military training area Hohenfels. According to our sources, one British soldier has succumbed to his serious injuries. A vehicle, apparently a wheeled light-tank type "Fuchs", left a gravel road and overturned several times.
A spokesman of the British 1st Armoured Division would only confirm on Monday that an accident did occur and involved members of the 7th Armoured Brigade. He told this paper that further information would be given at a later date. The US Army reported that it was investigating the cause of the accident.
Six injured soldiers were brought to University Hospital Regensburg and two others to the Hospital "Barmherzige Brueder" [~ Merciful Brothers], also in Regensburg. One British soldier received ambulant care at hospital St. Marien in Amberg.
German emergency services, including emergency doctors, were among the rescue forces that rushed to the aid of the injured soldiers. They were sent from Parsberg, Hemau, Regenstauf and Amberg. The rescue helicopters based in Regensburg and Nuernberg were also deployed and airlifted some of the injured to the University Hospital [Regensburg]. The US Army also airlifted injured personnel with a military helicopter. The German response to the incident was coordinated by the emergency coordination centre in Regensburg.
The 7th Armoured Brigade has been stationed in Bergen-Hohne in Lower Saxony since 1947. The force is also known as the "Desert Rats". This name refers to the origin of the brigade, which was formed in North Africa in 1938. The British soldiers have been preparing together with US forces for overseas deployment at the training area Hohenfels since 11th April. The exercise is scheduled to last until 30th April.
[Picture: British soldiers are training regularly at Hohenfels. Most recently, they were preparing for deployment to Afghanistan a year ago. Photo from archive.]
- British and American soldiers prepare for overseas deployment
From 11th to 30th April, a joint exercise of British and US forces is going to take place on the military training area Hohenfels. The soldiers are preparing for overseas deployment.
In total, 20 helicopters are going to be stationed at Hohenfels for the duration of the exercise. They are of the types AH-64 Apache, Lynx and Merlin. Helicopter traffic is going to take place predominantly during the day and will continue into the night only in a few exceptional cases.
British, American and French fighter jets are going to attack ground targets in Hohenfels between 14th April and 30th April. Fighter jet traffic will take place from 9am-11am and from 2pm-4pm. Night flights are planned for the 15th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 29th April and will last until ca. 11pm.
The German Ministry of Defence has authorised the use of live ammunition for the entire duration of the exercise. Live shooting will take place until 11pm on some days.
US forces as well as British forces are trying to cause as little noise disruption to surrounding civilian areas as possible. Any questions can be directed by telephone to the "Amt fuer Oeffentlichkeitsarbeit" (Public Affairs, PAO) at [Phone number].