The British Army on the Rhine (BAOR) was formed in August 1945. Originally, the main function was to control the corps districts that ran the military govenment in the British zone of occupied Germany. However, in the end it did not become responsible for administration. The main body of the Corps of Royal Signals was deployed with the BAOR until the end of the Cold War.
After the Soviet threat increased the BAOR became more responsible for the defence of Germany. It helped with the formation of NATO in 1949. From 1952, the Commander-in-Chief was responsible for NATO’s Northern Army Group in the event of war with the Soviet Union or the Warsaw Pact.
Options for Change defence cuts resulted in the BAOR being replaced by British Forces Germany in 1994.
Memories of Royal Signals British Army on the Rhine
(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)
Royal Signals British Army on the Rhine, 21 Signal Regt (AS) RAF Wildenrath in 1972
Written by James Leggat
21 Sig/Regt,RAF Wildenrath, as Bob Taggart reminded me, caught by snowdrops with a female in the billet.Later that year to become my wife (liz Kewell WRAC) Put on a 252, Charged admonished when the CO was told liz and I were to be married in june that year I invited him&wife,but he declined offer but offered the CO car for the wedding, JOB DONE, ha ha, great times, great mates. We invited the whole billet and HQ Sqn to the wedding. Brill do with fond memories.
Memories at 21 Signal Regt, THE PIGS BAR and NAFFI disco’s, some of the guys, Geordie Lowden, Bob Taggart, Rich Allen, Daisy May Jimmy the cook,L/Cpl Proudfoot(deceased) Vinny & Dave,Neil Bartlett, Paddy Malseed,La La the jamacian card gambler to name afew of a great bunch of buddies. The grub in the cookhouse was the best in Germany.
Royal Signals British Army on the Rhine in 1988
Written by Neal Palmer
Lots all good, god kows how we got away with most of them without being knicked!
Royal Signals British Army on the Rhine, in 1955
Written by Noel Lee
Working on the petrol point in Essen with Nev Kicks and Willie ( German worker ).
, Royal Signals British Army on the Rhine in 1974
Written by STEPHEN ROGERS
DUE TO BE DISCHARGED IN DEC 74,
BUT BROKE MY LEG IN SEPT 74 SO COULD NOT BE DISCHARGED UNTIL
SERVED WITH 22ND SIGNAL REGT LIPPSTADT 72 TO 75. J TROOP. 4 SQUADRON.
trained for 2yrs @ aac harrogate. dec69 to dec71. bradley squadron.
Royal Signals British Army on the Rhine, Rheindahlen in 1967
Written by bernard marshall
My brother Peter and I spent a fun year to July 1968 with my parents ( Bill Marshall) at JHQ Rheindahlen and working with NAAFI just before we joined HM Diplomatic Service.
We recall skiing down that artificial ski slpe and playing tennis on the red clay courts by the cinemas all summer and in particular seeing a lovely blue eyed girl ( about 19/20) with short short blonde hair playing on the Officer courts. When winter came ( with Dr Zhivago playing at the cinema) I never got that dance at the Officers Club Disco ( later in Dec 67 with the Beatles singing Hello/Goodbye) and wonder what happened to that very pretty lady? I dont even know her name but will always remember that enigmatic face . Joys of being young in Rheindahlen with