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Erlangen Basic Load Storgae Area (BLSA)

"Email from Dieter Tröster, 4068th CSG: As one of three Civilian Support guard units within the 101st Ord Bn, the 4068th CSG provided security at several ammo and supply storage sites in the Nürnberg area in the 1980s: PSP 34 (north of the Nürnberg airport, near Tennenlohe); FSTS 25; FSTS 8 and BLSA Erlangen. The 4068th was headquartered at Feucht." from usarmygermany.com



 




Feucht Ammu Storage Area (FASA)

Poison gas shells are still in the ground of the area south of Feucht Airfield. They had been collected there just after the end of WWII and were scattered in the whole area after a big explosion in 1946.
To avoid contamination of the ground water, the whole area will be sealed with a concrete wall in the underground. Costs are estimated in two-digit million Euro.
See report of "Fürther Nachrichten" from 21 July 2006.

To the history of the ammunition depot ("Muna") see this interesting website.



 




Feucht NATO Site 23 - Ammunition Storage Area Feucht, called NATO 23
(Informations and pictures by Dieter Troester)


Cpt. Shaw from the 595 MP (left)


LTC Horn (left) hands a certificate to 4068 CSG Commander Schmidt for excellent duty.

 



 





Feucht POL Storage Area - Petrol & Oil Liquids Storage Area
(Informations and pictures by Oliver Geyer, Schwabach, 1998, Dieter Tröster, Neuendettelsau, 2004, Gene Kuetzler, 2005, Sebastian Burnikel, 2007)

Fireplug
16 October 2009: the seven photos right and above were taken by  Sebastian Burnikel in 2007.  In the meantime everything has been broken down.


Street around the area.

The last traffic sign.

View to the main gate.

These four pictures in this row were taken by Gene Kuentzler in July 2005 - under the strong observation of a guard..

Guard/ Entrance

Administration building

Main Entrance

Truck refueling facilities

Truck of 4068 CSG

Truck of 4068 CSG

2nd Entrance to POL

 


Left: Winter during REFORGER in April 84 or 85



 




Forward Storage Site 25 (FSTS 25)
nordöstlich von Markt Taschendorf

"Email from Dieter Tröster, 4068th CSG: As one of three Civilian Support guard units within the 101st Ord Bn, the 4068th CSG provided security at several ammo and supply storage sites in the Nürnberg area in the 1980s: PSP 34 (north of the Nürnberg airport, near Tennenlohe); FSTS 25; FSTS 8 and BLSA Erlangen. The 4068th was headquartered at Feucht." from usarmygermany.com



 




Laffenau Ammu Storage Area (ASA)
near Heideck

Laffenau Ammu Storage Area (ASA)

 

The German Armed Forced used to be in command of the Laffenau Ammu Storage Area (ASA) near Heideck (about 30 miles south of Nuremberg, close to Roth) in the 1990's until the Storage Area was closed by the end of 1997. The Ammu Storage kept ammunition for the troops of the nearby Otto-Lillienthal-Kaserne, for units like the Heerefliegerregiment 26 and the Luftwaffenausbildungsregiment 3. Besides the bunkers, there was plenty of storage place for vehicles not longer in use and worn out military equipment. The ASA was guarded by civilan service men and K9-Units 24 hours a day. The commanding NCO was the only soldier to be on duty on a permanent assignment. I was stationed in the Otto-Lilienthal-Kaserne from 1995 on and I took care of the ammunition for the Luftwaffenausbildungsregiment 3. I was also responsible for the evacuation of ammu and material in 1997 by the time we got the order to close down the facility. Although there was no official use for the ASA after 1998, the units of the Otto-Lilienthal-Kaserne used this place for exercises and drills for many years after the closing.

 

In November 1997 I closed the last bunker door for good - and I still keep the key. Unfortunately I do not know anything about american troops doing duty there. But I was told that americans used the facility during the Cold War along with the German Bundeswehr. By the time I retired from the Air Force in 2007 the ASA was still used for drills every now and then by only a few units. I remember the ASA as a pretty fun place, since it was far away from the base and everytime we picked up ammu from the ASA we had Leberkäsesemmel and Coffee there. I knew the service men out there very well and we kept a very family-like relationship. Only the commanding NCO was kind of oldschool and very strict. He even checked every single uniform before he ordered to open the gate. I once had not cleaned my boots, so he wanted me to clean them first, before he allowed me to enter "his" ASA..

Marco Froemter (Hauptfeldwebel a. D. / Sergenat First Class German Air Force)


 




Langlau Ammu Dump
am Brombachsee


 




Nuernberg Coal Yard


 




Prestock Point 34 (PSP 34)
nördlich des Nürnberger Flughafens im Tennenloher Forst
"Email from Dieter Tröster, 4068th CSG: As one of three Civilian Support guard units within the 101st Ord Bn, the 4068th CSG provided security at several ammo and supply storage sites in the Nürnberg area in the 1980s: PSP 34 (north of the Nürnberg airport, near Tennenlohe); FSTS 25; FSTS 8 and BLSA Erlangen. The 4068th was headquartered at Feucht. " from usarmygermany.com


 




Schwabach Basic Load Storage Area (BLASA)

Recently I had the chance to visit the Schwabach Basic Load Storage Area (BLASA) and the Local Training Area nearby. The complete area still looks the same as it was left by the US-Army in the early 1990’s. Nowadays the BLASA does not store any ammunition or any military equipment. The bunkers and halls are all empty but everything is still in best shape. The entire site belongs to the German Armed Forces and it is mostly used for guard drills for young recruits. Since the German Armed Forces withdrew most of the units from the Otto-Lilienthal-Kaserne nearby (Roth) there are plans to return the site to the German government. Besides the official use by the Military the German Red Cross and other organisations the once called BLASA is used for exercises and drills as well.
I uploaded some of the pictures on the O’Brien Barracks page on Facebook and I got a lot of feedback from American soldiers remembering the place very well. I was told that pulling guard out there was not the best part of their tour in Schwabach and most of the time guard duty had to be done with empty rifles and pistols.
(Marco Froemter, 9 August 2013).

The depot was part of the Local Training Area and is now used by the Bundeswehr.
The wooden watchtowers and the guard house were broken down in 1994. Speculations about the storage of nuclear shells.
(Informations and pictures by Oliver Geyer, Schwabach, 1995)

Panoramic view in 1995

Drawing by Oliver Geyer

Ammunition bunkers (1995) on the right



 




Zennwald Ammu Storage Area (ASA) -
Zennholz - Reporting concluded in April 2015

The area was acquired by the German Reich in 1938. It was used from 1938 to 1945 as an ammunition storage site. The usage from 1945 to 1946 is unknown. From 1946 to 1990 it has been used by the U. S. Forces.
After that the ammunition bunkers were broken down. The fence is still there, fruit trees have been planted and the area belongs to the bee-keeper club of Burgfarrnbach.

History of the conversion.

As there won't be importand changes in the future at the Zennwald Depot, I'll finish the reporting about it (April 2015).

The entrance gate to the bee farm.

The "Imkerverein Burgfarrnbach" took over the area.

The guards at the gate: the wild bees.

From Google Earth (date unknown).
More plants have been growing since the last photo.

The building of the bee keepers.

The are is still fenced in.

From Google Earth (date unknown)

Areal picture from 17 August 2003.
From the left lower corner the access road leads to the former entrance gate.
Behind the forest the village of Kreppendorf.

1 August 1993.



11 December 1994 - The ammunition bunkers are broken down (above).

On the left: the gate on 1 August 1993.

Far left: GIs had engraved their initials in some trees inside the storage area.


The bee-keeper's club house on 1 May 2002 (below).