Krampnitz

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Krampnitz
Krampnitz Barracks
Potsdam
Coordinates 52°27′37″N 13°02′39″E / 52.4602°N 13.0441°E / 52.4602; 13.0441 (Krampnitz Barracks)
Type Barracks
Area 1,215 km2 (469 sq mi)
Site information
Condition Abandoned
Site history
Built 1937
In use 1937-1992
Materials Concrete
Garrison information
Occupants 3000-5000 est.

Krampnitz Kaserne was a military complex, in Fahrland, Potsdam, created by the Germans during the rearmament period. It was used by the Nazis until the end of the Second World War. After the war it was used by Soviet troops until its abandonment in 1992.

History[edit]

The site was used by the German army since 1937 when the cavalry moved its school from Hannover.[1] It was also used as a driving training centre until the Russians took control of the area, taking over a day after the Germans abandoned it April 26, 1945.[2] The 35th Guards Motor Rifle Division was then stationed there until its abandonment in 1992, after the Dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Layout[edit]

The whole complex consists of more than 50 buildings, most of which are apartment buildings and storage, though it also includes an officers' club, a Tennis court, theatre and more. It is rumored that movies such as Resident Evil, Inglourious Basterds and Enemy at the Gates shot some scenes here.

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