Those Who Came Before
We would like to thank Norbert Ruckel for providing this
unpublished photo series of the German military history of
In 1936, construction of the Kaserne is fully underway. To
honor the workers, visiting military dignitaries speak to
the tradesmen from a temporary platform in front of the
building which would, 36 years later, be the 2/11 dining
The view from the platform as the workers assemble. Note
various stages of completion of other buildings.
After the ceremony, the workers are honored with a formal
dinner and .... more speeches.
The construction force was honored with a parade through Bad
Kissingen. The photo clears up one small mystery from the
construction phase; that it was a civilian work force under
general military control who did the actual labor at the
Close up of the work force. The small sign would indicate
the trade of the following workers, "Masons" for example.
With the Kaserne only partially completed, the 2
Kradschutzen Battalion arrives from Coburg as the new
tenant. The parent Schutzen Brigade is located at Meiningen.
Seen here, the unit drives down Kapellen Strasse
As part of the formal welcoming ceremony, an official parade
is held at the Luitpoldpark in Bad Kissingen. Here, the
official civil and military leadership of the area wait for
2 Kradschutzen to arrive.
Major Doctor Pollwein speaks to the troops and visitors at
the welcoming ceremony. Stefanowicz: Name is unfamiliar to
me but probably the battalion commander. The term " Doctor "
in this sense indicates either a JD or other advanced
The massed troops at the Luitpoldpark. Clearly visible, the
command " heavy cars " of the company commanders and the
motorcycle and sidecar sets of the line units.
A Kradschutzen company traveling on Martin Luther Strasse.
Trucks departing Manteuffel Kaserne. Stefanowicz: the trucks
may be part of a heavy machinegun section, mortar section or
admin / supply, difficult to tell. Note that the road is not
yet paved with brick and the stone monolith that carried the
title "Manteuffel Kaserne" is not completed, it can be seen
with scaffolds and banners in the background.
During a parade through town, crowds assemble by the
recognizable Bad Kissingen Main Theater
A Kradschutzen company departs the Kaserne during the
parade. The scaffold around the monolith is clearly visible.
This battalion would soon depart Manteuffel, however, to
participate in the Anchluss of Austria with the parent 2nd
In late 1939, the 2 Krad is long gone and after the fighting
in Poland, the recon bn of the 7th Recon Regiment, part of
the 2nd Light Division (2 Leichte) parade through Bad
Another view of the return from Poland parade.
1940 and Manteuffel Kaserne is the home of the 13th Medical
Replacement Training Battalion. Here, officers and men on
Men of the 4th Training Company of the Replacement Battalion
sit for a formal portrait in 1940.
USAAF recon photo of Manteuffel Kaserne as of 1944.