1935 - 1936 Construction of Panzer Kaserne. After completion, the
kaserne houses various Wehrmacht units, including Panzer regiments,
artillery and Panzergrenadier units.
1944 A large portion of the kaserne is destroyed
during Allied bombings of Schweinfurt.
After April 1945 Panzer Kaserne is used as a refugee
resettlement center for refugees from Estonia, Lithuania, Poland,
October 19, 1946 Panzer Kaserne is redesignated
Ledward Barracks, in honor of Col Ledward who was killed in action
in Italy in 1944.
1948 Ledward Barracks is taken over by the US
Army. Units of the 1st Infantry Division are located at Ledward
until May 1955.
May 1955 The 86th Infantry Regiment, 10th Infantry
Division, arrives from the States as part of the first Operation
GYROSCOPE move and is stationed at Ledward.
July 1957 Under an Army-wide reorganization (Pentomic),
the 86th Inf Regt is reorganized and redesignated as the 2nd Battle
Group (BG), 7th Infantry and the 2nd BG, 10th Inf.
March 1958 Under Operation GYROSCOPE, the 1st
BG, 30th Inf and 2nd BG, 38th Inf - both part of the 3rd Infantry
Division - arrive in Schweinfurt to replace the 10th Inf Div units.
From 1958 until 1996, it was home to the 1st Battalion,
30th Infantry; 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry; 1st Battalion, 10th
Field Artillery; 10th Engineer Battalion; and 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry, which later reflagged to 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry and moved to Conn Barracks 1991.
From 1996 until 2008, it was home to the 280th
Base Support Battalion; 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry; 1st Battalion,
7th Field Artillery; 9th Engineer Battalion; B-Detachment, 38th
Personnel Service Battalion; 630th Military Police Company; C-Detachment
106th Finance Battalion; the U.S. Army Health Clinic, Schweinfurt;
and a number of community support businesses and organizations.
Ledward Barracks was lastly home to the U.S. Army Garrison
Schweinfurt; 7th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade; 1st Battalion, 77th Field
Artillery; 9th Engineer Battalion; 630th Military Police Company;
44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion; the U.S. Army Health Clinic, Schweinfurt; and a number of community
support businesses and organizations. The installation was returned to the German government on September 19, 2014
The Panzer Kaserne was much larger during the Second
World War than it is today. Modern day Ledward Barracks does not
include areas of the former post such as the Mercedes plant or the
city's bus garage. Extensive bomb damage during the war destroyed
much of the kaserne. Immediately following Schweinfurt's surrender
in 1945 the kaserne was used as a refugee camp for displaced Estonians,
Yugoslavs, Lithuanians, and Poles. US Consulate Offices were also