Kirchham

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For the town in Upper Austria, see Kirchham, Austria.
Kirchham
Coat of arms of Kirchham
Coat of arms
Kirchham is located in Germany
Kirchham
Kirchham
Coordinates: 48°21′N 13°16′E / 48.350°N 13.267°E / 48.350; 13.267Coordinates: 48°21′N 13°16′E / 48.350°N 13.267°E / 48.350; 13.267
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Niederbayern
District Passau
Government
 • Mayor Anton Freudenstein (CSU)
Area
 • Total 18.47 km2 (7.13 sq mi)
Elevation 335 m (1,099 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 2,119
 • Density 110/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 94148
Dialling codes 08531, 08533, 08537
Vehicle registration PA
Website www.kirchham.de

Kirchham is a municipality in the district of Passau in Bavaria in Germany.

On May 2, 1945, First Lieutenant Boyd B. McLeod, a Cavalry man in the 65th Reconnaissance Troop, learned of a large airfield and approximately 400 to 500 armed Hungarian troops. Working carefully and calmly, he disarmed the force and arranged the unconditional surrender of approximately 5,000 enemy troops. On May 3, 1945, he turned over all disarmed Hungarians, 300 German troops, and the intact airfield with several undamaged enemy planes.

Liberated was the attached concentration camp, and an enclosure for 1,300 Soviet prisoners of war.

On May 6, 2011, the Mayors of Kirchham and Pocking welcomed veterans and Brigadier General Stanley Eric Reinhart, Jr., at the dedication of a Memorial Marker to the 65th Infantry Division who liberated the Concentration Camp.

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