Country: Germany Region: Bav.
Locale: Bad Kissingen
Latitude: 50° 11' 30" N Longitude: 10° 7' 24" E
Area use / Military Branches: Closed
Former tactical site D Btry 3rd Msl Battalion, 7th Air Def Arty. covering the area with all Bad Kissingen storage facilities.
D Btry consisted of:
- 2 self propelled platoons and 1 towed platoon
- 1 generator section (45kw generators)
- 1 motorpool section
- 1 radar section CW, pulse/ doppler
- 1 missile maintenance section commanded by WO's
- 1 hq, supply, barracks, mess...etc.
Each battery performed its mission in 3 alert status: 5 mins(hot), 3 and 12 hrs. able to fire at a hostile target within that time frame.
Each platoon had a 24hr duty on the tac site followed by the next day off duty to obtain a constant rotation of personnel.
Often the "hot" battery would go down due to equipment outages and then the 3 hr battery had to come up to hot status.
In hot status the battery ran on generator power and the other times it was on commercial power.
Once a year each battalion had to undergo a 1 week TACctical EVALuation in which it was evaluated in all ops phases to ensure capacity to meet its assigned mission. Wartime scenarios were transmitted from the hq through the battalions to the batteries where evaluators would gauge performance.
Mobility was very important, so the unit had to be deployed to mobile warsites and to be ops within 3 hours!
On site daily ops routines:
The battery had 2 firing sections: one being towed launchers and the other being on self propelled tracks.
A 3d crew was on standby lined up on an alternate area of the tac site ready for mobile deployment.
Each day new duty and standby crews arrived at 8:00 AM relieving the overnight crew; system checks were preformed until 11:00 AM and lunch was at noon folowed by training in the afternoon.
6 hour checks were performed at 2:00 PM, 8:00 PM..etc.
The standby crew left at 4:00 PM and the cycle would begin again.
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