Looking for info on WWII Army base: Heidelberg WR 69-90

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Looking for info on WWII Army base: Heidelberg WR 69-90

Post by Fushigi Ojisan » Wed May 03, 2023 11:11 am

I've been using WWII Unit records to follow my father's Army career. After starting in the 455th Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company and going it with it through V-E Day, he was transferred to another unit leading up to V-J day, and then another unit after that. In particular the 3476th Medium Automotive Maintenance Company

The records show the unit was stationed in Heidelberg, which my father remembers, but I am not sure what the ID "WR 69-90" means. Was hoping someone here could help me out

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Re: Looking for info on WWII Army base: Heidelberg WR 69-90

Post by Heath MI » Sat May 20, 2023 8:22 am

I believe it refers to the military map coding that Heidelberg falls in. Military maps are always broken down into adjoining sections. I found a website once that showed the areas in the ETO, but for the life of me, I can’t find it anymore. If I find it, I’ll forward it.

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    Re: Looking for info on WWII Army base: Heidelberg WR 69-90

    Post by 17thAirborne » Sat May 20, 2023 11:50 am

    Go to this site:

    https://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/digital/c ... 3411/rec/1

    This is the Heidelberg 1:25000 scale map, The Grid designation WR 69-90 takes you to the coordinates for a 1000x1000 meter square where the unit HQ was located. You have to use the blue grid numbers not the black ones. That is what is indicated by Nord d' Guerre, which is the old French grid designation used in Europe.

    That places you at the center of Heidelberg at the Bahnhof (train station)on this map.

    Great project BTW
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