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U.S. ARMY INSTALLATIONS - NÜRNBERG
 

MAPS
Installation Maps - late 1970s

1. W.O. Darby Kaserne, late 1970s


2. Johnson Barracks, late 1970s

3. Nürnberg Army Hospital, late 1970s

4. Merrell Barracks, late 1970s


5. Monteith Barracks, late 1970s

6. Pinder Barracks, late 1970s

7. Feucht Army Airfield, late 1970s

8. Ferris Barracks, late 1970s

9. Herzo Base, late 1970s (73 KB)

10. O'Brien Barracks, late 1970s (52 KB)
 

1980

Topographical maps of Nürnberg 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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Nürnberg West (412 KB)

Nürnberg East (396 KB)

Schwabach (136 KB)

Herzogenaurach (129 KB)

Erlangen (382 KB)

TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES
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. Nuernberg Telephone Directory, December 1945

2. NMP Telephone Directory, 15 April 1951

3. NMP Telephone Directory, 1 August 1952


COMMAND AND COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS
NOTE: Click on thumbnail of newspaper to read the entire issue.
Nuernberg Sentinel - Some of the issues published while in Germany

1. Nuernberg Sentinel - April 19 1982





 
PHOTOS
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Nürnberg Kasernes  

 
 
Army Hospital


 

Army Hospital in Nuernberg, early days of the Occupation (Nuernberg MILCOM website)

1. View of 385th Station Hosp, Nürnberg, 1947

2. Another view of the 385th Sta Hosp, 1947
   
     
 
Merrell Barracks


 

Aerial of Merrell Barracks, Nürnberg, early 1950s
 

Aerial of Merrell Barracks, Nürnberg, 1980s
 

Main Gate, Merrell Barracks, mid-1960s
 

1. Main Gate, Merrell Bks, 1966

2. Merrell Barracks main gate, prob. 1960s

3. Merrell Barracks after repairs on Main Gate
 

4. Aerial of the city of Nürnberg between Soldiers Stadium and Merrell Bks, maybe 1950s

5. Aerial view of Merrell Barracks, early 1950s
   
       
 
Palace of Justice


 

Palace of Justice, Nuerberg, 1947
 

1. Palace of Justice, Nürnberg War Crimes Trials, 1947

2. Palace of Justice, 1947

3. Palace of Justice, Main Entrance 1947

4. Palace of Justice, 1948
       
 
Other facilities


 

Nuernberg Hauptbahnhof, early 1960s (German postcard)
 

Former American Dependent School (1947-1952) in Fürth (Bing) (Wikipedia)
 

1. Grand Hotel, 1947

2. Grand Hotel and Service Club, 1947

3
. Linde Stadium Service Club, 1947

4. Soldiers Field, 1947

5. Bavarian American Hotel

6. Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof

7. Old Turk Bar
 

8. 793rd MP Police Station, Zellenstrasse, 1948

9. 3rd Inf Div Band, Soldier Field, 1966

10. Army static display, Soldier Field, 1966

11. Downtown Nürnberg, early occupation period

12. Americana Club, early 1950s

13. Parade at Soldiers Field, mid-1950s

14.
Parade at Soldiers Field, mid-1950s
 
     
 
Monteith Barracks


 

A. Fliegerhorst Fürth i. Bayern

B. Fliegerhorst Fürth i. Bayern
   

Monteith Barracks, early 1960s (Nuernberg MILCOM website)
 

Bird's Eye View of Monteith Barracks (Bing)
 

1. Aerial view of Monteith Bks, 1960

2. Monteith Bks, 1958

3. Main Gate of Monteith Bks in 1949/50

4. Main Gate, Monteith Bks, 1968

5. Flag pole, Monteith Bks, 1968

     
       
 
W.O. Darby Kaserne


 

Darby Kaserne, 1950
 

Darby Kaserne, 1990s
 

Bird's Eye view of former W.O. Darby Kaserne, (Bing)
     

6. Aerial view of W.O. Darby Ksn, 1950
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Johnson Barracks


 

Johnson Barracks, Fuerth, 1960
 

1. Aerial view of Johnson Bks, 1960

2. Johnson Bks, 1958 (150 KB)
   
     
 
Other facilities


 

Former Medical Depot became the Fuerth Post Exchange
 

1. Fürth Medical Depot
     
     
Erlangen        

A. Panzer Ksn, Erlangen

B. Infanterie Ksn, Erlangen
   

Erlangen Family Housing and southwestern section of Ferris Barracks, 1962
 

Northwestern corner of Ferris Barracks (along Hartmannstrasse and Artilleriestrasse), 1965
 

1. Aerial view of Ferris Bks in 1949/50 (169 KB)

2. Aerial view of Ferris Bks, 1950 (KB)
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2. Aerial view of Ferris Bks, 1960 (135 KB)

3. Ferris Bks, 1958 (70 KB)
       
Feucht        
       
       
Herzogenaurach        
       
     
Schwabach        

A. Nachrichten Kaserne
     

1. O'Brien Barracks, early 1950s (271
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2. Aerial view of O'Brien Barracks in 1949/50 (112 KB)

3. Aerial view of post in 1960 (142 KB)

4. O'Brien Bks, 1958 (138 KB)

5. Main Gate of O'Brien Bks in 1949/50 (58 KB)

6. Main Gate, early 1950's (138 KB)
     
     
Zirndorf        

Pinder Barracks, Zirndorf
(Nürnberg MILCOM website)
 

Pinder Barracks, Zirndorf, early 1990s
(Nürnberg MILCOM website)
 

Open House at Pinder Barracks, Zirndorf, 1960s
(Mike Dustin)
 

1. View of Main Gate, Flak Kaserne, 1947

2. Aerial view of Pinder Bks, 1960

3. Main Gate of Pinder Bks, 1958
 

4. Main Gate, 1949/50


 

5. Open House, 1960s

6. Open House, 1960s
   

USMCA Nürnberg (APO 09696) - Garrison History & Operations
 
Research Request
 
1. Aerial & ground photos of kasernes & housing areas
Requester:
Webmaster
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 Nürnberg and Fürth from 1945 to 1990s.
Contact: webmaster

2. Adams Kaserne, Zirndorf
Requester:
Webmaster
Subject: In the 1950s, there was a second kaserne used by the US Army in Zirndorf. I am looking for the exact locations of this (small) installation and any history or information pertaining to units/activities stationed there during the 1950s or later.
Contact: webmaster
 

Map of Nürnberg Military Post (Walter Elkins)
 
Nürnberg Military Post (March 1947 - December 1952)
 
(Source: STARS & STRIPES, May 28 1950)
The Nürnberg Military Post (NMP) was established on March 15, 1947. Post headquarters is located on W.O. Darby Kaserne, in Fürth. Current post commander is Brig Gen David L. Ruffner.

There are six subpost under NMP:
  Designation Commanding Officer  
  Bamberg Subpost Col Temple G. Holand  
  Erlangen Subpost Col Raymond R. Robbins  
  Bayreuth Subpost Maj Robert M. Alexander  
  Ansbach Subpost Lt Col Frederick K. Hearn  
  Grafenwoehr Subpost Col William L. Ritter  
  Schwabach Subpost Maj Rupert A. Locke  
 

W.O. Darby Kaserne, Hqs Nürnberg Military Post. c. 1947 (Walter Elkins)
 
In addition to running an Army housekeeping establishment for one of the largest military posts in EUCOM, NMP also operates the year-round Grafenwoehr Training Center, EUCOM's largest training and manuever area with 90 square miles of ranges, tank roads and large camp sites EUCOM's largest training and manuever area.

Major units serviced by the post are:
  Unit/Activity Station  
  HQ Special Services Palace of Justice  
  EUCOM Exchange System Palace of Justice  
  EES Main Depot Ansbach  
  16th Inf Regt Fürth Air Base (Monteith)  
  18th Inf Regt Warner Bks, Bamberg  
  1st Division Artillery Erlangen  
  Constabulary Tank Center Vilseck  

 
Shopping Center - Nürnbergerstrasse, Fürth
 
 

Former Fürth Shopping Center, Nürnbergerstrasse 91-95, Fürth (BING)
 
(Source: STARS & STRIPES, July 6, 1948)
On July 2 1948, a new shopping center was officially opened by Col Frank S. Mansfield, CO of the Nurnberg Military Post, in a ceremony held in Fürth. Over 1,000 American military and dependents participated in the opening ceremony.

The new shopping center, located at Nürnbergerstrasse 91-95 in Führt, contains a clothing store; commissary; snack bar; PX; gift shop; lounge; catalogue room; branch APO; American Express Co. and two insurance offices. Also located at the new center are a modern Stars and Stripes newsstand; a German post office and a branch Provost Marshal's office.

Additional services will be added soon: barber, beauty and tailor shops; a portrait studio; watch and radio repair service; laundry and dry cleaning pickup; bottle goods and package good stores.

The old Nürnberg clothing store (see photo below) has been closed and the former main PX installation at the Nurnberg Military Post has been reduced to service troops in the kaserne.

(Webmaster note: the central shopping center on Nürnbergerstrasse would be replaced by a new and larger shopping center closer to W.O. Darby Kaserne in the 1950s. This new center was set up in the vacated Fürth Medical Depot facilities after that depot was moved to Einsiedlerhof near Kaiserslautern in 1951.)

Shopping Center

 

1. Clothing store

2. Guarded entrance to shopping center
   

 
(Source: Welcome to Nurnberg and Surrounding Areas, PIO Nuernberg District, prob 1950s)
 




 
Kaserne Histories
 
HISTORY OF NUERNBERG KASERNES

Source: IRONSIDES, 1st Armored Division newspaper, May 6, 1988
W. O. DARBY KASERNE, Fürth
Artillerie Kaserne was constructed on Steubenstrasse in 1890. The kaserne, the former Sedan Kaserne which was located in the current Building 1 area, and the Train Kaserne which was located on Balbiererstrasse were confiscated by the US Army after WWII.

Most of the 26th Inf Regt of the 1st Inf Div moved into the Darby complex on July 25, 1945. Along with providing security for the Nuernberg War Trials, the unit operated four hotels, two nightclubs, a bus line and 90 private homes for trial officials.

On March 29 1949, the post was officially named for Brig. Gen. William O. Darby of the 10th Mountain Div, who was killed in action on April 30, 1945 at Tarbole, Italy.

FERRIS BARRACKS, Erlangen
Rheinland Kaserne, as Ferris was known during WWII, served as a training center for the German 25th Panzer Division. During the war, German anti-aircraft units were also stationed at the kaserne to protect Nuernberg from Allied bombing attacks.

The kaserne was surrendered to the Americans on April 16, 1945. In 1948, Rheinland Kaserne was renamed Ferris Barracks in memory of 2nd Lt Jeffrey C. Ferris of the 2nd FA Bn, 1st Inf Div, who was killed during fighting in Tunisia.

Tennenlohe Training Area near Ferris Bks has been a military training area since 1890.

PINDER BARRACKS, Zirndorf
Scheinwerferflak Kaserne was built in the late 1930s and housed a searchlight unit of the German Luftwaffe. After the war, the kaserne was occupied by the US Army. One of the earlier units occupying the kaserne was the 26th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Inf Div. In 1946, the 793rd MP Bn occupied the post. At this time, the battalion was involved in providing security at the Nuernberg War Trials.

On May 11, 1949, the kaserne was renamed Pinder Barracks in honor of Tech 5th Grade John J. Pinder, who was post-humously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on June 6, 1944 near Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

In May 1971, the 4th Armd DivArty, which had moved in during 1957, was redesignated as the 1st Armd DivArty.

 
HISTORY AND INFORMATION - HERZO BASE

Source: Email
from Jim Neville

I was a civilian employed at Herzo Base from approx Nov 1984 until July 28, 1990. I started as a Guidance Counselor at the Army Education Center, then located on the perimeter of the second floor of the old hangar building. The Education Specialist in charge of the Ed Center at that time was Bob Pinion, one of the best bosses I have ever had.

We had three retired First Sergeants employed as managers of our Learning Center; Norman Dupree, Ron Evans and Joe Jaramillo. These guys were absolutely First Rate'!!!

In 1986, I became the Education Specialist in charge of the Ed Center, which had, after the 1985 REFORGER, relocated into what had been the old NCO Club/SBEQ. This building had been remodeled to serve as the 'Press Center' during REFORGER 85. The Officers and Civilians Club at Herzo had likewise been refurbished as a result of REFORGER 85, and was a beautiful little club, with a great manager, and marvelous Sunday brunch and periodic Mongolian Barbecue programs.

In the Ed Center, Rose Guimares was the contract Test Administrator and May Mason the Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP) instructor. Christine Shepard, an Australian national, was also a Test Administrator for probably at least a couple of years.  

We also had field registrars for the University of Maryland (Lori Rose and Madison Campbell) and City Colleges of Chicago (Ginny Athey and Rae Leffman.) There was another City Colleges of Chicago registrar at the Herzo Ed Center in 1984/85. He was a young guy from North Carolina, with a law degree, who took the job temporarily, to finance a 'round-the-world' trek. I'm sorry I don't remember his name, he was a brilliant guy, and did an excellent job at the Education Center representing the City Colleges of Chicago.  

The Euducation Technician at the Ed Ctr from 84/85 was a family member, Jae Cleveland. She was a really bright, and extremely efficient lady. She kept the boss and myself from screwing up too often or too badly. (I'm sorry but I have a temporary memory block, and can't remember the last name of Ms. Cleveland's successor. Her first name was Mae, she was married to a Staff Sergeant, and was likewise a wonderful employee.)  

I also had a very talented Guidance Counselor working for me from about 1987-1990. His name was Paul Hughes. He was also a computer genius(self-taught). He still works for the Army, as of this writing, at Fort Riley Kansas.  

The military units at Herzo at the time were the 210th FA BDE HQs, 3-37th FA, 2-377th FA (Lance), and a small maintenance detachment -- headed by a WO-1, if my memory serves me correctly.  

I have quite a few photos from my time at Herzo Base, although the overwhelming majority are directly related to the Education Center. Lots of shots of soldiers in classes (Headstart to German, UMD, MOS training,drivers training), for example.  

There is another site (www.nbg-mil-com.de), which I just visited again today, with 125 photo images, belonging to a soldier who was at Herzo from 1986-88. Several of those images deal with the unearthing of some WW II-era German 'bazookas'. Approximately six hundred were dug up, right across the street from the Ed Center. In fact, we grabbed the 'pick-of-the litter' (surreptitiously) from the huge pile of rusted-through, crushed and partially crushed weapons, semi-restored it, and had it displayed in the foyer of the Ed Center for about 3.5 years. That item (actual German name is "Panzerschreck") is now on display in the Fort Drum Historical Collection (a member of the U.S. Army Museum System).

I used to ride a bike to work at Herzo from our house on the economy in Erlangen during the Spring and Summer. The Herzo Child Care Center was the building directly behind the old Hangar, which at that time housed a small PX, a barber shop, and a bank annex. Periodically I would take my son or daughter in with me to the Child Care Center, in a kid's seat on the bicycle. During good weather, I used to go running around the outer base perimeter during my lunch hour, changing and showering in the gym. I didn't play golf, but the course adjacent to the base was very popular, and they served lunch there, as well. I still have a couple of polo shirts with the 'Herzo Base Country Club' logo.  

One of the highlights of my 'tour' at Herzo, was being invited by the 2-377th Bn Cdr to observe the annual qualification firing of the Lance missile to Crete. It was about an eight-hour flight (one-way) by C-130.  

We had three Brigade Commanders while I worked there. The last was Col Vernon; his predecessor was Col Potter, and the Bde Cdr when I arrived was Col Charles B. Hood. They all had distinctive personalities, but I like all of them. (Col Hood was summoned out of retirement, and promoted to Major General, do coordinate emergency efforts in the Caribbean after a hurricane swept through there. At least, that's the story I heard.)  

I have run into several former Herzo Base alumni here at Fort Drum, mostly in the early to mid-90's. One married couple, former Lieutenants at Herzo, the Grafs, live here in Jefferson County. I occasionally see them at the annual Oktoberfest held in nearby Sackets Harbor each year. A former Battery First Sergeant from 3-37th at Herzo was the DIVARTY SGM here at Fort Drum, and subsequently the Garrison SGM (I believe). A lieutenant, who I in-processed through the Herzo Ed Center, is now a retired LTC, and our Resource Manager here at Fort Drum. One other officer (LTC Bentley) who was a Lieutenant at Herzo during my tenure there, just left Fort Drum after a successful artillery battalion command here with the 10th Mountain Division.  

In 1990, construction of several brand-new Army housing units was completed. I, by virtue of being the only person on hand with a camera, recorded the ceremony. When the post closed down, a couple of years later, I think the housing was used to provide shelter for 'volksdeutsche' refugees from the former 'Ostblock' countries. A Herzo Veteran ['8608 ASA (?)-circa 1951] I spoke with this morning had re-visited Herzo in 1997. He said the old 'EM Club" and the new housing had been torn down.  

Well that's enough rattling on. I've really enjoyed reading about the early history of Herzo Base.  

In closing, I'd just like to say that my six years living with my family in Erlangen, and working with some really great people at Herzo Artillery Base, were the best six years of my life .


 
HISTORIES & MISC. INFORMATION
 
THE NUREMBERG WAR-CRIMES TRIAL

Nurnberg War Crimes Trial Patch
 
International Military Tribunal

The Palace of Justice (Justizgebäude), where the trial took place, was located at Fürtherstrasse 22 and is still being used as a courthouse. The Trial was conducted in room #600 - the room where the Nazi military leaders sat as they listened to testimony about their crimes against humanity over half a century ago.

War Crimes Trail
Palace of Justice
 

 

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(Source: Email from Donald Patterson, son of Col Donald R. Patterson, War Crimes Tribunal, 1947-49)

Grand Hotel during the Nuernberg Trials
 
My father, Col. Donald R. Patterson, was attached to the War Crimes Tribunal after combat and managed the Grand Hotel which housed the judges.  I have attached some photos that you can use on the website U.S. Army Europe.
 
My family arrived in January 1947. We lived down the street from Willie Messerschmidt. I can remember some of the feasts that were put on (at the Grand Hotel).  My father's General said get plenty of coal, keep them happy and warm.  He was replaced by Major Bill Bowers in 1949.
 
We also went to the trials of other Nazi's and I can remember them wearing the headphones.

Additional Comments about the Grand Hotel
(Source: Nancy Dennis)
I don't know if this will throw any light on your question about how the Army used the Grand Hotel in Nurnberg after the war, but I can tell you that my family was billeted there in 1948 after we were airlifted from Berlin when the Russians blockaded Berlin. I was 16 at the time, from Texas, and had never stayed in such a grand hotel before.

Though I don't remember our rooms, I do remember the dining room and how impressed I was by the service, the butter curls that came with rolls and the overall ambience.

My father was with the Military Government. Eventually housing was found for us in Erlangen, where a neighbor across the street was the Chief Judge of the Nurnberg Tribunals.

I went to the Nurnberg Dependents' HS in Furth and graduated in 1949 -- the second class, I believe. The school was a joke. While I was there my family moved to Wurzberg, so I had to live in a dorm. Not a happy experience. I have lots of pictures of my classmates and me in the school and also at Linde Stadium, where we went ice-skating a lot, also swimming in summer.

Wonderful to see some pictures of Linde Stadium.
Hope this helps.
Nancy Dennis

1. New Years Eve, 1946

2. Col Patterson with Secretary


An Army dependent in bombed-out Nürnberg
Here is my story. I was six years old when my mother and sister joined Col. Donald R. Patterson at Nurnberg on January 1947. He subsequently left managing the Grand Hotel (see above) but got a commendation from Telford Taylor about the food and accomodations.

Villas on the Novalisstrasse (Nürnberg-Erlenstegen) requisitioned by the US Army
 
We lived at 16 Novalistrasse where Hitler stayed during all of the ralleys. Nurnberg was Hitler's favorite city for the festivities. Willy Messerschmidt, the aircraft manufacturer, lived down the street on the last house on the street. I met his son and we became friends.

Donald Patterson and an Industrial Police guard in front of the Nürnberg Dependents School
 
Military dependents went to a school one hour's drive by bus. It was guarded by Polish guards who didn't like Nazi's. During the first grade nearby military fortifications were dynamited causing rattling windows and shaking desks.

Over 90 percent of the city's center was destroyed by strategic bombing (German postcard)
 

Streets have been cleared but rubble still waits to be cleared by the Trümmerfrauen
 

Donald explores empty hand carts used for rubble removal near damaged buildings
 
The old wall city was nearly demolished as you can see from the photos. Fifteen years ago I visited the totally restored portion.

Cleanup was on its way but not completed before the middle 60's. The people chipped off the mortar and loaded in hand carts with rails and dumped it beyond the city limits. The clean brick was then used for rebuilding.

The Nürnberg Opera House
 

The swimming pool next to Linde Stadium used by American soldiers and their families
 
  We saw movies at the Opera House and swam at the Olympic swimming pools. There was also a zoo that was functioning although some animals didn't survive the bombings. Upon our arrival there were many live bombs and 88 shells, one in our own backyard that had to be neutralized. We evacuated away from our house many times while demolition teams disarmed munitions. In the 1950's there were two unexploded 500 lb bombs found in the basement of the bombed portion of the Grand Hotel.

The Bahnhof (train station) had a glass dome and while we were there the glass was gone. I saw it restored in the 1970's with glass and lighted at night.

Photo (left): Colonel Robert Sherrard, my uncle, stands in front of the Colliseum where Hitler intended to imprison Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin if he won the war. It was never completed before war's end.
 
Ardent Nazi's spit on us whenever we were around but a six year old could spit just as well as they did. Others who were denazified were very friendly and hungry. There wasn't a day that didn't go by when childred would come to our door and said "Brot bitte." Or when you were through eating, you took apple cores and offered it to them or threw it away. They would fight over leftovers and go through our trash cans.

Sanitation was another problem. You would see some Germans deficate at a storm drain while holding a newspaper in front.

Our maids took my father's tobacco and roll their own cigarettes whenever he was finished. We gave them cigarettes and coffee. On the black market you could get anything with a can of coffee or a carton of cigarettes. I know because I stole a couple of cartons from my father to buy some electric trains.

Nürnberg City Center
1947

 

1. Marktplatz

2. Schöner Brunnen
   

Related Links:
Zentrale des Bundesamtes für die Anerkennung ausländischer Flüchtlinge. This website contains interesting historical information (in German only!) about Merrell Barracks. (Some current day photos can be found at http://www.bafl.de/bafl/template/english/index.htm.)
Nürnberg Military Community. A very interesting website that is an outgrowth of the book "Sternenbanner und Kleeblatt" (The Star-spangled Banner and the Cloverleaf), by Fuerth-native Bernd Jesussek. This book chronicles in detail the 50-year history of the U.S. Army in Fuerth. Great photos! Also, check out the Nürnberg MILCOM history page and the aerial photos of several of the kasernes.
Ferris Barracks, Erlangen - an MSN Group for former or present soldiers who were once stationed at Ferris Barracks, Erlangen, FRG. Check out the Pictures link for some good photos of the post.
A Farewell to Arms: The Nuremberg U.S. Military Community 1945 to 1995 - very nice site with a good history of the US Army presence in the Nürnberg area from the end of WWII to the closure of the military community.
Garrison Museum Nürnberg - a German (sorry, only auf Deutsch) web page hosted by the Förderverein Garnisonmuseum Nürnberg with the purpose of presenting the history of Nürnberg as a garrison city over the past 1000 years.
Experiences of Americans in Zirndorf - Official town of Zirndorf Homepage
Nurnberg War Crimes Trials - a website hosted by the Bavarian Higher Reginal Court of Nürnberg, Germany
Pinder Barracks - Yahoo Group; interesting messages - if you join the group you can access their photo section