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Mannheim Ordnance Depot
53rd Ordnance Group

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Depot History (1945-....)

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Depot History
(Source: Travel Report, NODEX-14, 1954)
Mannheim Ordnance Depot Information Folder

Page 1 (History)
Page 2 (Mission)
Page 3 (Org Chart)
Page 4 (Miscellaneous Depot Data)
Page 5 (Attached Units)
Page 6 (Installation Map)

(Source: STARS & STRIPES, August 2, 1954)
There are over 4,000 persons employed at the 213-acre Mannheim Ordnance Supply Depot (MOSD) - 150 US military and civilians, 177 Labor Service personnel and 3,700 German civilians. CO is Lt Col Arthur E. Kehke.

With more than 156,000 tons of ordnance supplies (ranging from spare parts to major assemblies) on hand, the Depot supplies Army and Air Force units in Germany, France and MDAP countries (Mutual Defense Assistance Program).

MOSD also provides reclamation services, demilitarization of items no longer required, manufacturing services for scarce parts and field maintenance of equipment in storage.

Monthly average of material shipped by the Depot is 5,000 tons.


Ord Supply Depot
Spinelli Bks, Feudenheim
Check the 1953 Installation Map of Spinelli Bks for the location of most of the following photos.

1. Bldg #3 (279 KB)

2. Shops Branch (325 KB)

3. Shops Branch (271 KB)

4. Cleaning Line (181 KB)

5. Machine tools are repaired (289 KB)

6. Box Manufacturing Shop (276 KB)

7. Canvas Item Manufacturing Shop (262 KB)

8. Small Lot Warehouse (242 KB)

9. One of the many storage buildings (199 KB)

10. Receiving Branch (209 KB)

11. Loading dock (204 KB)

12. Depot Railhead (264 KB)

13. Railhead (222 KB)

14. Dog kennels (230 KB)

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