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USAr Camp May

Last modified: 27 Jul 2017, submitted by: Joker

Country: Germany    Region: Bav

Latitude: 48° 59' 12" N     Longitude: 13° 3' 53" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


Former US Army Camp May. Operation base for border patrols. Former unit: 11 Armored Cav Regiment. Activated May 1972 in Germany for its 2nd assignment there, Hq was based at Downs Barracks / Fulda, Mission: patrolling the eastern borders.
- 11 ACR 1st Sq (Ironhorse) operated from Fulda (Downs Bcks)
- 11 ACR 2nd Sq (Eaglehorse) operated from Bad Kissingen (Daley Bcks)
- 11 ACR 3rd Sq (Workhorse) operated from Bad Hersfeld (McPheeters Bcks)
- 11 Air Cavalry Troop (Thunderhorse) was their air support for all sectors operating from Sickels Army Airfield / Fulda (US Army Sickels)

Historical facts:
After WW2 the 11th Cavalry Group Mechanized redesignated 11th Constabulary Regiment in 1946 in order to fulfill occupation duties in Europe. Reassigned again as 11th Armored Cavalry (Blackhorse) Regiment the unit inactivated in 1948 but Blackhorse readtivated again in 1951 at Camp Carson, Colorado. In 1954, the regiment transferred to Fort Knox, Kentucky completing its armored tactics training.

The Blackhorse Regiment rotated to southern Germany in 1957 - relieving 6th ACR - and assumed it mission of patrolling the Ge-Cz borders until its return to the USA in 1964.

From 1966 - 1972 the Blackhorse Regt completed its tour in Vietnam and was actvated in Germany again in the same year (14th ACR being reflagged as 11th ACR). The units mission, then based at Downs Barracks/Fulda, was patrolling the East-West German borders. Blackhorse would do that for 17 years!

After the Soviet Union dissolving in 1991 the regiment ended its station along the Iron Curtain.
The Blackhorse Regiment deployed an aviation task force to Turkey in April 1991 (ops Provide Comfort) supporting Kurdish relief efforts.
One month later the 11th ACR 1st, 2d and 3d Sq and the regiment's support sq, deployed to Kuwait (ops Positive Force) securing Kuwait so it could rebuild from the 1s Gulf War.
By October 1991 the regiment had completed its missions in Turkey and Kuwait and returned to Fulda but as the need for US forces in Europe decreased, the Blackhorse Regiment deactivated in October 1993. All its remaining troops had left Germany in March 1994.

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