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DEUTSCHLAND GERMANY
Bundesland: Sachsen-Anhalt Saxony-Anhalt
Landkreis: Jerichower Land  

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Altengrabow

 

2365 Altengrabow Altengrabow is situated at an elevation of 93 m about 35 km east of Magdeburg in eastern Saxony-Anhalt. Altengrabow is a district of the municipality of Dörnitz (administrative union Möckern-Loburg-Fläming).

The Truppenübungsplatz Altengrabow (military training area) [left] was established in 1893 as an artillery range for the IIIrd and IVth Army Corps and the Guard Corps. At first, the soldiers were accomodated in tents, but beginning in March 1896 16 massive buildings and 19 shanties were erected as barracks for permanent and exercising troops. A railway station was set up in 1898. On 22 August 1899 the facilities were visited by Emperor Wilhelm II, the first of a total of 9 visits by the emperor. During World War I the facilities were used as POW camp. The training area was closed after the war in 1919. Until 1920 it served as emporium for military goods, from 1920 until 1922 it was used as a camp for refugees from the former eastern territories of the Germany. After 1921 the area was again used for military purposes. During World War II the former stables were converted to a POW camp, especially for Russian and Polish soldiers. The camp was liberated in April 1945 by Allied troops and in May 1945 the facilities were taken over by the Red Army and were used by the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany until 1994. Since then the facilities belong to the German Bundeswehr. The facilities are commanded by the military training area's headquarters in Klietz.


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