List of HJ Wehrertüchtigungslager and Reichsausbildungslager

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WEL Offz.Bew. (Offiziersbewerber/Officer applicants) Bracht, Gebiet 14 Kurhessen. Now part of Rauschenbach, Kreis/district Marburg-Biedenkopf. Stamp mark "Wehrertüchtigungslager der Flieger-HJ (6)". Evidence for September/Oktober 1944.
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Thanks Jack. Do you have a location for Wehrertüchtigungslager der Flieger-HJ (6)? I've added the other WEL to post #1 :thumb:
 

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Some more for the list from Pommern:

WEL 1/5 Uhlingen, HJ-Gebiet Pommern noted June 1942

WEL Deutsch Krone, HJ-Gebiet Pommern (offered special training for Motor-HJ members and applicants for motorised units) noted June 1943
WEL Lauenburg, HJ-Gebiet Pommern (for SS applicants and SRD members) noted Nov 1943
WEL Lauenburg, HJ-Gebiet Pommern (for Marine-HJ and Kriegsmarine applicants) noted Nov 1943
WEL Westfalenhof, HJ-Gebiet Pommern (for aircraft recognition and radio training for Flieger-HJ and Luftwaffe applicants) noted Nov 1943
WEL Bublitz, HJ-Gebiet Pommern (for Nachrichten-HJ and army/airforce signals unit applicants) noted Nov 1943
WEL Kreuzeck, HJ-Gebiet Pommern (for for Gebirgsjäger applicants) noted Nov 1943
 

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Excellent, Garry!
Buddrus mentions 245 WEL for 1944, so we still have some to discover.
Just seen that in autumn 1943 there were 3022 instructors available, 77 percent from the Wehrmacht.

The Flieger-WEL 6 is identical with Bracht. There was a small airport, finished in 1936, so it goes together.
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Wikipedia reports: From 10 May 1940, the III Group of Fighter Squadron 28 was based here and flew missions against France. On 20 July 1944, Bracht was bombed by the Allies for the first time. The last German members of the Wehrmacht blew up the airfield facilities and aircraft on 27 March 1945. One day later, US troops and tank units marched into Bracht. In 1946, the connecting railway was finally shut down and dismantled.
 

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According to Buddrus (p211), this must have been the very first WEL:
In der Aufbauphase der Wehrertüchtigungslager - noch im April 1942 wurde das erste Lager in
Sauerberg bei Kaub am Rhein eröffnet,...

And there's another Hessen-Nassau one:
Topografie des Nationalsozialismus in Hessen : Erweiterte Suche : LAGIS Hessen
Das Wehrertüchtigungslager (WE-Lager) Reichelsheim war das vierte Lager dieser Art, das im HJ-Gebiet Hessen-Nassau (Nr. 13) eröffnet wurde. Der Standort des frühesten WE-Lagers auf dem HJ-Gebiet Hessen-Nassau bildete Sauerberg bei Kaub am Rhein.
Start of use/earliest reference :10 September 1942
End of use/latest reference: 24 March 1945
Unfortunately, I can't find the other ones of H-N on this website.

The list looks great, Garry :thumb:!
 
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Added to list:

WEL I (HJ-Gebiet Moselland) Adenau/Eiffel (in 1942 Kirchberg/Hunsrück) In existence 1944
WEL I Hochlandlager/Königsdorf (HJ-Gebiet Hochland). In existence 1942
WEL II Hochlandlager/Königsdorf (HJ-Gebiet Hochland). Opened May 1942
WEL II (HJ-Gebiet Moselland) Asbach/Westerwald. Evidence found for 1942 and 1944
WEL II (HJ-Gebiet Sachsen) Schillbach. In existence 1942
WEL III Dettendorf (HJ-Gebiet Hochland). The first courses were held here in August 1942
WEL III Buchschwabach (HJ-Gebiet Franken). In existence 1942
WEL III (HJ-Gebiet Moselland) Ansemburg/Luxemburg. Evidence found for 1942 and 1944
WEL IV (HJ-Gebiet Moselland) Am Asterstein, Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein In existence 1944
WEL IV Neukirch/Valtenbach (HJ-Gebiet Sachsen). In existence 1942
WEL Marine-HJ Trier/Moselland In existence 1944
WEL Marine-HJ Wiltingen/Saar In existence 1944
WEL Dahlen (HJ-Gebiet Sachsen). In existence 1942

WEL Hauenstein (HJ-Gebiet Baden)

and a couple of Reichsausbildungslager:

Reichsausbildungslager Fladungen/Rhön. In existence 1944
Reichsausbildungslager Nachrichtenschule Halle/Saale. In existence 1944
Reichsausbildunglager III des HJ Streifendienstes Birgsau/Obersdorf
 

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Hello,
Some Information about the Reichsausbildungslager III Eningen:

- Opening on 27.05.1934 as "SA-Geländesportschule Achalm"
- However, the camp was completely cleared by early 1935
- the camp was used by the HJ from 1936 onwards as "Schwäbisches Hitlerjugendlager"
- the camp was leased to the German police from March 1940
- The HJ was permanently in the camp, named RAL III, from the end of 1941

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Hi Garry,
Here's one I have which I don't think is on the list,

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WEL Hauenstein (HJ-Gebiet Baden). In existence 1942
WEL Faak (HJ-Gebiet Kärnten). In existence 1942
 

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WEL Hämelheide (HJ-Gebiet Niedersachsen). Opened 1942
WEL Derneburg (HJ-Gebiet Niedersachsen). Opened 1942
 

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WEL Augustdorf (HJ Gebiet 9 Westfalen-Nord). Opened July 1943
WEL Münster-Kasewinkel (HJ Gebiet 9 Westfalen-Nord). Opened July 1943

These were the seventh and eighth WEL respectively to be added within Gebiet Westfalen-Nord.

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