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Lager Hammelburg, Hammelburg, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, Germany

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Location Category ID: 1700
Added to Database: 1 May 2011
Last Edited: 1 May 2011
Address: Rommelstrasse, 97762 Hammelburg
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Other Links: Panzer Wrecks
Wikipedia – Hammelburg
Wikipedia.de – Infanterieschule
Wikipedia – Task Force Baum
TaskForceBaum.de
AFTA – Cobra King and the Hammelburg Raid
Latitude, Longitude: 50.06948078 , 9.8641777
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: 1: M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo Heavy Tank - Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA (28 March 1945 – ca1953)


Lager Hammelburg started operating in 1896 for the Second Bavarian Army Corps. During World War II, Lager Hammelburg was the site of the prisoner-of-war Camps ‘OFLAG XIII-B’ and ‘Stalag XIII-C’, as well as the ill-fated raid by Task Force Baum. The US EUCOM Transportation Training Center was located at Lager Hammelburg in 1948; before that it had been a repair facility for the US Seventh Army (source: AFTA). The German Army’s Infantry School (Infanterieschule) is currently located here.
Task Force Baum was a secret and controversial World War II unit set up by U.S. Army general George S. Patton and commanded by Captain Abraham Baum in late March 1945. Baum was given the task of penetrating 50 miles (80 km) behind German lines and liberating the POWs in camp OFLAG XIII-B, within Lager Hammelburg. Controversy surrounds the true reasons behind the mission, which may have been simply to liberate Patton’s son-in-law, John K. Waters, taken captive in Tunisia in 1943. The result of the mission was a complete failure; of the roughly 300 men of the task force, 32 were killed in action during the raid and only 35 made it back to Allied-controlled territory, with the remainder being taken prisoner. All of the 57 tanks, jeeps, and other vehicles were lost. (Source: Wikipedia).

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October 2004

Truppenübungsplatz Hammelburg, photo by Scheurebe2000
1: Truppenübungsplatz Hammelburg, photo by Scheurebe2000

Taken: October 2004
Contributor: Wikimedia
Location Photo ID: 462
Added: 1 May 2011
Views: 68
Has Priority: 0
    

    

    

March 1997

Truppenübungsplatz Hammelburg (Bonnland), photo by D. Sander
2: Truppenübungsplatz Hammelburg (Bonnland), photo by ...

Taken: March 1997
Contributor: Wikimedia
Location Photo ID: 461
Added: 1 May 2011
Views: 130
Has Priority: 0
    

    

    

April 1945

“An M4 medium tank of the 47th Tank Bn., 14th Armored Division crashes into the prison compound at Oflag XIII-B, 6 April 1945 two weeks after the failed Task Force Baum raid”, photo from US National Archives
3: “An M4 medium tank of the 47th Tank Bn., 14th Armored Di...

Taken: 6 April 1945
Contributor: Wikimedia
Location Photo ID: 460
Added: 1 May 2011
Views: 171
Has Priority: 20