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Circa 1942

German & Italian Troops, World War II


... this photo showing both German and Italian troops during WWII was taken at Hindenburg Kaserne in Kornwestheim, Germany (a suburb now of Stuttgart). After the war, the US Army took this Kaserne over and renamed it Wilkin Barracks. The photo location is the motor pool area. This Kaserne was the home of the 385th Military Police Battalion for several decades until it was torn down sometime around 2001 or so. It is now a major new shopping center. C'est la vie ... C'est la guerre ...

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Eric Svenson 13-Dec-2023 11:19
I was stationed at Wilkins in 1964 - 1965 with Company B, 385th. MP Battalion. Great duty, great memories and lots of friends.
Barry Hartman 06-Jul-2022 05:29
I was there 68-69, Headquarters Battery 3rd Bn, SP-5 personnel clerk. What a great photo…thanks!
Bob D 09-May-2021 20:46
I was stationed at Wilkin Baracks from Jan.1957 to Aug. 1959 Co. B 385 MP Bn.The 385 moved into Wilkin Barack’s in 1955 from what I read.
Gary 17-Apr-2020 01:53
Oh wow! I was there '83 - '86 with 300th MP Co. I was the vehicle dispatcher at the motor pool. Cool historical photo. Great memories!
Glenn Price 29-Aug-2017 08:03
I was there at HHC 2/4 Infantry from !976-1978. I worked security at the gate plus I was 63bravo and worked down at the motor pool when we were not on manuever in Wild Flicken or other sites. One of my Company Commanders was Capt Buckley, Capt Fitchgerald and some other black guy I forgot his name. The food was great. I have a son living there with his mother over in Freiberg, Stuttgart or Zuffenhausen. I lived off base in Bad Cannstatt for awhile. Calvin Scott was one of my best friends there. Morales, Big Dee etc....
Leon Rauch 26-Aug-2017 21:25
I was stationed at Wilkin Barracks from 1963 to 1966 in Hq btry 3 missile bn, worked in personnel as a SP5. Has anyone else info on the missile unit?
Guest 04-Feb-2016 00:54
My name David Resquer I was station at Wilkins barracks from 74-76 in A Co. Our company commander was Cpt. Meeks. Our Cas sight was in Bottegen anybody serving during that time call me 808 677-0843 like to hear from you
Guest 19-Nov-2015 22:18
I was stationed at Wilkins Barracks April,1975 through November,1976 A Co.2/4 Infantry 4th platoon,thank you for the great photo and a walk down memory lane.
Guest 02-Aug-2015 03:24
Wow... fantastic ! I was at Wilkins Barracks 1974-75. 2nd Battalion 4th infantry. Bravo Company. The first fully visible bay to the right was my welder's bay.

pete colledge 12-May-2015 03:11
I was stationed at wilkin barracks sept. 1951 to march 1953 with 582nd medical ambulance co sep cannot find anything about 582nd being there. Cannot understand why. Would like to hear from anybody who was there then. Pete colledge 814 9432861 altoona pa
Guest 10-Mar-2015 21:43
There is a facebook page on Wilkins barracks. They would love this photo.
Neil 12-Jan-2014 02:05
I was stationed at Wilkin barracks from 1984 to 1986 with the 385th MP Bn. I always wondered about what happened there during World War 2. Do you know where I can find more information on its history.
William E. Reese 15-Mar-2012 00:13
Correction March 11, 2012 entry... as follows: It should have read "651st Medical Company", rather than "351st Medical Battalion". After reviewing my old pictures taken some 58 years ago I was able to read our company sign outside our building.
William E. Reese 11-Mar-2012 18:01
Was stationed March through October of 1954 in Wilkin with (as best I can remember) the 351st Medical Battalion, and we kept our ambulances in that same motor pool building. Also there was a Transportation Battalion stationed in Wilkin at that time.
Guest 08-Jul-2010 20:14
I agree with Gary. I was stationed in Wilkens Bks from 58-62, and performed many Ist eschelon maintenace on that very drive way
Gary 18-Jun-2009 02:31
It is hard to believe I had spent many long hours at the same motor pool that both Nazi's used. I did not know there was so much history there.
Ed 20-Nov-2008 10:31
Wow, brings back many memories!!!
Dave Beedon08-Nov-2008 03:23
Another cool example of hidden history...
Nestor Derkach03-Nov-2008 13:58
You do have some photos containing interesting History.
This photo is well preserved with exceptional detail.
Excellent monchrome image from the past .
Guest 03-Nov-2008 08:47
an interesting piece of history.
mathilda williams03-Nov-2008 03:04
fantastic find, true history.
Cindi Smith03-Nov-2008 02:29
What a great treasure to have! Wow!
bill friedlander03-Nov-2008 01:20
Great find, but I get a cold chill down my back when I see these images.
Jim Coffman03-Nov-2008 00:27
Wow, great find Tom!
Ann...02-Nov-2008 22:34
A real piece of history. I think I'd rather have the shopping center on balance.
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