Johnson Barracks Fuerth

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  Left: two photos of the "Sparkasse" calendar 2007 from 1961 (far left) and 2006 (both Bischof & Broel). Johnson Kaserne at the bottom.
Two aerial pictures from 2005. "Fürther Nachrichten" from 24 May 2006:
A DIY store of the "BayWa" will open next year. Up to now 102 companies have settled at the former Johnson Barracks area which is now completely sold.
Plan of the new streets Right: 17 August 2003:
At the bottom right the Main-Danube-Canal crosses the outer Schwabacher Strasse. The big white square in the upper left is the filling station of the Tucher brewery. A miles-long pipeline from the downtown brewery at Schwabacher Straße ends here. Next to the smaller white square below is the last reminding warehouse.
 DRMO Johnson
(Data for approx. year 2000)
 DRMO Johnson near Closure
(17 July 2001)
 Thank you, Jürgen.

The last warehouse at Johnson (built in the 1930ies) was broken down in August 2007. Before it had been in use of the DRMO (Defense Reutilization Marketing Office).

Picture by Gene Kuentzler (right) and by myself (all others, dating from Augst 13th).

The material is being shreddered on site.

Below: View to the north. The yellow containers are set down where the prison was located.

Below: The southeast corner of Johnson, with a view to Tucher brewery which is now brewing beer here and receiving just its spring water from the old site at Schwabacher Straße (Patrizier/ Humbser).

Left and right: pictures taken by "Bauamt Fuerth", Date unknown. Compare them with the picture on the far right from 9 Dec 2001!
The modern building is home for some small companies.
Some more pictures taken by "Bauamt Fuerth", Johnson Barracks seems already be abandoned.
These pictures on the left were taken by the "Bauamt Fuerth" in March 1998.

Pictures from Barry Hall, taken in 1988.

"The Castle"




Right: towards the motor pool

In 1913 construction was started for the Panzer Kaserne, which was the original name of this installation. After the construction was completed in 1914 a Machinegun Company of the 21st Infantry Regiment moved in, later replaced by a heavy artillery unit. From 1920 to 1934, the area was used as quarters for poor families.

Johnson Plan

1973 1973
1975 1975 - Gen. Price (2nd on the left)
Then more buildings were constructed and after completion in 1935 the Panzerabwehrabteilung 17 (Anti Tank unit) moved in and the Verpflegungsmagazin (Food Service Depot) was constructed to support the military units in Nuernberg-Fuerth. In 1938 the area was acquired by the Deutsche Reich.
i046 The former prison (left - Date unknown)


Desert Storm May 1991 - Return from Operation Desert Storm
The installation was confiscated by the U.S. Army in May 1945 and officially designated Johnson Barracks in memory of Private Eldon H. Johnson, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division who had been killed in action 3 June 1944 near Valmontone, Italy.

1994-07-17 The storage area - 17 July 1994

9803-1 March 1998
199803-2 March 1998 - View from the main gate
From the 1970's Johnson Barracks was home of the 16th Engineer Battalion which supported two brigades of the 1st Armored Division and one brigade of the 2nd AD. It also contained warehouses and other facilities for various supply elements from William O. Darby Kaserne. In 1992 the 16th Engineer Battalion moved to Bamberg.
199903-1 March 1999 - View from the canal
1999-03-07 7 March 1999 - the last warehouse
2001-12-09-1 9 December 2001 - same view as on 17 July 1994
Hardly a trace remains of the former home of the 16th Engineer Battalion's home. The buildings of Johnson Barracks are almost completely removed. Only one of the seven big warehouses is still standing. Now Johnson is an industrial area with car dealerships, a catering service, a photo development lab etc.
2001-12-09-2 9 December 2001 - the southern corner
17 February 2002 - view along Schwabacher Strasse

17 February 2002 - Gate 2

Photos from 3 Nov 1995 by Marco Frömter.

The southern corner is now home of a giant keg of the Tucher brewery! (Sorry sappers, too late for you).

Right: 15 June 2003: view from the former prison south with the last reminding warehouse in the back

Badge of the 24th Engineer Battalion 4th Armored Division at Johnson.


Right: the entrance in March 1938.

Picture from "Fürth 1933-39 in Fotoreportagen".

Above: Entrance gate in 1961 (picture from Harry Ross).

Photos from the 1970ties by Jim McKenna.
They show the jail area of the 43rd MP Det.
 Declaration of JOHNSON BKS on 11 May 1949: