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Installation Maps

1. Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne, 1970s

2. Kelly Barracks, 1970s

3. Ernst Ludwig Kaserne, 1970s Annotated: mid-1960s;

4. Babenhausen Kaserne, 1980s

5. Münster Kaserne, 1980s

6. Ober-Ramstadt Depot, 1980s



Topographical maps of Darmstadt and surrounding area. These maps are reproduced from the "U.S. Military Installation Atlas" published by the 37th Transportation Group in 1980.

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Darmstadt (KB)

NOTE: I plan to post extracts from the "Troop Units" section of the telephone directories sometime in the near future - if I see that there is any interest.

1. Darmstadt Telephone Directory, 15 February 1948

2. Frankfurt (incl Darmstadt), 1 March 1952

3. NACOM Telephone Directory, 15 February 1956

NOTE: Click on thumbnail of newspaper to read the entire issue.
About Town - Some of the issues published while in Germany

1. About Town - March 10 1982

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Darmstadt Kasernes


A. Ernst Ludwig Kaserne

B. Ernst Ludwig Kaserne

C. Freiherr von Fritsch Kaserne

D. Freiherr von Fritsch Kaserne

E. Cambrai Kaserne


Cambrai-Fritsch Ksn
Photos #4-8 courtesy Hector Jalomo, 440th Sig Bn. For more - see his website

Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne, Darmstadt (Mike Smith)

Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne, Darmstadt (Mike Smith)

Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne, Darmstadt (Mike Smith)

1. Aerial view of Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne, May 1950

2. Aerial view of Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne, March 1958
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3. Satellite view of CFK, 2002 (see Links)

Getting ready for inspection

Vehicle park nearby

Looking towards the NW

CFK Theater

Sgt Howes

Air Force barracks, 6910th Scty Wing, on CFK, 1967 (Jack Wetzler)

Ernst Ludwig Ksn


Bldgs #4231 (far end), 4248 & 4247, as they would be designated by the US Army after WWII,
seen here in a German postcard from the late 1930s (Webmaster's collection)

Buildings #4248 & 4247, late 1930s (Webmaster's collection)

Aerial view of Ernst Ludwig Kaserne, May 1950 (Webmaster's collection)


Aerial of ELK, 1957
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2. Satellite view of Ernst Ludwig Ksn (closed), 2002 (see Links)

Laid out for inspection

Buses being loaded for trip

Post gym

Motor park

Line up for chow (KB)

"Column left - march" (KB)

9. Arms "at trail" in front of barracks

WWII bullet holes still visible

M-8 track

Towed howitzers covered


HHC, 94th Engr Bn & B TAB barracks, 1971 (Willie Fong)

Fuel station and motor pool, 1971 (Willie Fong)

Bowling Alley on ELK, 1971 (Willie Fong)

Motor pool

Motor pool

Motor pool

Unit party

17. Unit Party


94th Engineer Bn at Ernst Ludwig Kaserne, Darmstadt, 1977 (Randy Rapp)

ELK Main Gate, 2000

ELK, 2000

ELK, 2000

Kelly Bks


Kelly Barracks main gate, Darmstadt, 1987

Kelly Barracks, Darmstadt (Mike Smith)

Kelly Barracks, Darmstadt (Mike Smith)

1. Aerial view of Leibgarde (Kelly) Kaserne (foreground) with QM Supply Area in the center, May 1950 (108 KB)

2. Satellite view of Kelly Bks and Nathan Hale QM Area, 2002 (see Links)

Babenhausen Ksn


Aerial of Babenhausen Kaserne, prob early 1960s (Cekade Luftbild, no date)

Babenhausen Ksn, 1962

2. Aerial, 2007
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Aerial, 2007

Aerial, 2007


2nd Bn, 5th FA headquarters building, 1981 (Jeff Brokovich)

Officers Club, Babenhausen Kaserne, 1981 (Jeff Brokovich)

Barracks, Babenhausen Kaserne, 1981 (Jeff Brokovich)

Babenhausen Ksn, 1981

Babenhausen Ksn, 1981

Babenhausen Ksn, 1981

Babenhausen Ksn, 1981

Babenhausen Ksn, 1981

Babenhausen Ksn, 1981

Babenhausen Ksn, 1981
Stars & Stripes Compound

Griesheim Army Airfield and STARS & STRIPES Compound,
prob early 1960s (393 KB)

STARS & STRIPES, Griesheim, 1952

1. Satellite view of STARS & STRIPES Compound, 2002 (see Links)

2. Aerial view Stars & Stripes Compound, Griesheim, around 1960
Griesheim AAF


Darmstadt Army Airfield, Griesheim (Mike Smith)

1. Aerial, 2007 (KB)

2. Satellite view of Griesheim AAF with old NIKE site, 2002 (see Links)

3. Aerial, 2007 (KB)

4. Missile hangar (KB)

5. Section bunker (KB)

6. Warhead buildiong (KB)

7. (KB)

8. (KB)

Münster Kaserne


184th Ord Co bldg (KB)

2. Barracks (KB)

3. Front of barracks building (KB)

4. Chow hall (KB)

AAFES Shoppette (KB)

6. Recreation center (KB)

7. Main gate, early 1950s

Bobby Dean McGinnis

9. Buddies

Munster ASP

USMCA Darmstadt (APO 09175) - Garrison History & Operations
USMCA Darmstadt insignia

233rd Base Support Battalion crest

Auf Wiedersehen Darmstadt
(Official Inactivation Date for U.S. Army Garrison Darmstadt is Sept 30, 2008)

Garrison holds inactivation ceremony - article on the USAG Darmstadt Page, European Region, IMCOM

Darmstadt Garrison History - compiled by USAG Darmstadt

Transformation and Closure Homepage - Latest information on the closure of USAG Darmstadt

STARS & STRIPES to relocate from Griesheim to Kaiserslautern
Darmstadt Military Community & Military Post
(Source: STARS & STRIPES, April 28, 1948)
HQ Command, EUCOM has announced that effective July 1, the Darmstadt Military Post will be discontinued and its area of responsibility will be incorporated into Frankfurt Military Post (FMP).

All units, funds, property and other assets of the Darmstadt Military Post will be transferred to FMP.

FMP will be responsible for military security, troop command, administration and other functions previously performed by the Darmstadt Military Post.

Darmstadt Sub-Post

Research Request
Information is being compiled for a history of the U.S. Army installations in the Darmstadt, Griesheim, Babenhausen and Münster-Dieburg areas, 1945 to 1990s.
Help keep the memories alive!
1. Historical information on installations and units
Looking for historical information on units and military activities including base support in the Darmstadt, Griesheim, Babenhausen and Münster areas between 1945 and the 1990s.
Contact: webmaster

2. Aerial & ground photos of kasernes & housing areas
Subject: Looking for period photos of the US Army installations (including dependent housing areas, schools, shopping centers, service (gas) stations & miscellaneous storage or maintenance facilities used by EES/AAFES, Quartermaster, Ordnance, Signal and Transportation units/activities) in and around Darmstadt, Griesheim, Babenhausen and Münster from 1945 to the 1990s.
Contact: webmaster

3. Installation maps
Subject: Looking for facility/post engineer maps of the various installations, activities and housing areas in the Darmstadt, Griesheim, Babenhausen and Münster areas from 1945 to 1990s.
Contact: webmaster

4. Military Community map
Requester: Webmaster
Subject: Looking for a map that shows in detail the Darmstadt military community boundaries for the period 1974-1990.
Contact: webmaster

Source: DoD Installations, (2000?)


The history of Darmstadt's kasernes dates back to the early 1900's.
Cambrai Fritsch was built in 1936 and was originally two kasernes. The western part called Cambrai Kaserne named after a tank battle which took place in Cambrai, France during World War I. The eastern part was Fritsch Kaserne named after General Werner von Fritsch, the commanding general of the German Army in 1935. In March 1945, the US Army took over the kaserne. The US Army Quartermaster school was housed here until 1950.

Both Kelley Barracks and Ernst Ludwig Kaserne were constructed in 1934 as cavalry barracks. Ernst Ludwig Kaserne (now closed) was named in honor of Hessen Duke Ernst-Ludwig. The US Army took the area over in 1948. Kelly Barracks (originally called Leibgarde Kaserne or Body Guard Barracks) was named in honor of CPT Charles Kelley who was killed in World War II. In March 1945, an American constabulary unit took over and was later replaced by an engineer battalion. The US Army also took possession of Nathan Hale Depot in 1945 which was built in 1936 as a food supply depot and bakery.

The Griesheim Airfield area was used as far back as 1850 to train Hessen troops. During World War I, it was a prisoner of war camp. The German Air Force began using the area in March 1936. The buildings now occupied by the Stars & Stripes newspaper were constructed in 1936. The US Army took over in 1945 and in 1949 the Stars & Stripes moved in and published the first edition of its newspaper on 28 September 1949.

The construction of Babenhausen Kaserne began in 1900. The French occupied the kaserne from 1918 to 1920. Following the invasion of Poland, the kaserne became a military hospital. During 1945 and 1946, the US Army used it as a Prisoner of War (POW) and repatriation camp for German soldiers from southern Hesse. In 1946, it was used as a United Nations refugee camp for Slavic Freedom fighters and refugees fleeing the Soviet take over of their homeland.

The US Military Community Activity Darmstadt (USMCA) was formally established in 1974. It encompasses an area of 2245 square kilometers (867 square miles). On 1 October, 1991, the former USMCA Darmstadt became the 233d Base Support Battalion (233d BSB) under the umbrella of the 103d Area Support Group (ASG) headquartered in Frankfurt. On 1 October, 1993, the 103d ASG was deactivated and the 233d BSB was taken under the 104th ASG in Hanau until 30 September, 1998, when it became part of the 26th ASG headquarter in Heidelberg.
Kaserne Histories
HISTORY of Ernst Ludwig Kaserne
1. The 760th FA Battalion was activated on January 6 1955 at ELK. Sometime in early 1956, the battalion moved to Babenhausen apparently swapping places with the 18th FA Bn that was stationed at Babenhausen. (A STARS & STRIPES article from April 9, 1956, states that the 18th FA Bn was stationed in Darmstadt at that time.)

Did both of these battalions actually make the moves to their respective new home stations or was this a simple reflagging of the units. Does anyone have the
date (month or exact day) of that move/reflag event?

2. The 765th FA Battalion was activated on January 6 1955 at ELK. Sometime later that year (1955), the battalion moved to Hanau.

Does anyone have the
date (month or exact day) of that move?

3. Sometime in 1963, 3rd Battalion, 21st FA, an HONEST JOHN unit, moved from Wackernheim to ELK.

Does anyone have the
date (month or exact day) of that move?

HISTORY of Babenhausen Kaserne
Babenhausen Kaserne   (Source: 36th Field Artillery Group, 1953)
WWII Built in 1901, the kaserne was put to varied use during WWII, including as a prisoner of war labor center.
Immediate post WWII Heavily damaged during the closing months of the war, the kaserne became a Displaced Persons camp for a short while after the war.
Late 1945 German prisoners of war were screened and processed for release through the Babenhausen Kaserne.
1947 The kaserne became a DP camp again, this time primarily for Jews, many of whom were refugees from the Far East.
early 1950s? The kaserne was designated as a semi-permanent US military post; complete reconstruction of the buildings and grounds was begun.
16 May 1951 Headquarters 36th Field Artillery Group relocated to Babenhausen Kaserne from Sonthofen
15 Feb 1953 The last of 10 apartment buildings is completed and opened for occupancy; these were build to house the dependents of servicemen stationed at Babenhausen. By 1953, a total of 192 families, totaling over 400 dependents, were housed in the Family Housing Area.

Related Links:
233rd Base Support Battalion - (provides base support to the Darmstadt area today)
6911th Radio Group, Mobile (USAF), Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne (1949 - 1961, 1963 - 1972, under different designations)
Ernst Ludwig Kaserne Home of the 553rd Field Artillery Battalion (later redesignated 3rd Bn, 18th Artillery), 1956-1963.
Satellite Images of Darmstadt and surroundings - Official Darmstadt City web site (go to "Stadtplan" section)
Babenhausen Veterans - Lars Hagen has started a nice web site that covers Babenhausen Kaserne and the 36th FA Group in the 1960s.
The Red Scarf Club Dead Link - This web site is dedicated to veterans, dependents and others associated with the 553rd Field Artillery Battalion at Darmstadt between 1956-1958.
Forgotten Memories - Dan Nisto has created a wonderful Photo Page that he keeps updating as he visits abandoned, and now almost forgotten US military installations in Germany.