Firstly my grateful thanks to Neilt for kindly photocopying the extracts from the War Diaries for HQ 29 Armoured Brigade for Summer 1945. I have finally had the opportunity to recently visit Kew to see at first hand this and other related documents. There is no doubt that the situation facing the British Forces in Germany immediately after the German Surrender was pretty chaotic and previously prepared plans under Operation Eclipse had to be rapidly adapted to address the realities of the situation. Not shown in Neil's extract are the outline details of the 11 Armoured Division plan for the occupation of northern Schleswig Holstein which was published on the 7th May for implementation on orders of HQ 8 Corps. This envisaged HQ 11 Armoured Division (Main) being in Schleswig. The Inns of Court (the Divisional Recce Regiment) would be responsible for sealing the German/Danish border. 29 Armoured Brigade would be responsible for the western half of the Divisional area (which would explain why HQ 29 Armoured Brigade looked at Husum as a possible location). 158 Infantry Brigade would be responsible for Flensburg and the surrounding area (the remnants of the Nazi Regime under Grand Admiral Doenitz were holed up in the town, their existence was tolerated in order that they could confirm instructions to surrender to the remaining Kriegsmarine vessels at sea and German Forces in Norway and other outlying areas). Divisional Artillery Regiments would be responsible for the remainder, mainly in the south east, of the Divisional area including Schleswig. For reasons which are currently unclear this plan changed, HQ 11 Armoured Division set up in the imposing Schloss at Loiusenlund, Schleswig became a 29 Brigade responsibility and the Brigade Headquarters was required to establish a presence in the town (the extract from the Brigade Admin Order dated 12 May reflects these changes). In normal circumstances as the Military Commander for the area, The Brigadier would have expected to have had the use of prestigious and comfortable living and working accommodation, however the RAF and Control Commission Germany units had got there first (the reason for their ignorance or non compliance with the Army Stand Fast Order is still unclear) The Manor House at Gut Winning as Brigade Headquarters (Main) with the Echelon at nearby Moldenik was therefore the only sensible option though the Diary does make it clear the Brigade Commander had the use of a suite of rooms in the Rathaus for his Daily Conference and where he issued his orders and instructions to interested parties (the use of staff from the survivors of the Gross Deutschland Division who had escaped to Schleswig Holstein after the Division had been virtually destroyed by the advancing Soviet Forces in East Prussia is interesting, as is the scathing asides about the way the RAF carried out their equivalent responsibilities) Not included in Neil's extracts is the Diary for October 1945, this shows that the entire Headquarters moved to more suitable winter accommodation in the former Stalag XA to the relief of many (I infer that a number of personnel were living in tented accommodation). Stalag XA had been built to accommodate the many foreign forced labourers employed on essential war work in the Schleswig area. Its exact location is unclear. Two final points Firstly is any contributor to this site aware of the exact location of Stalag XA? Secondly my grateful thanks to all the contributors to this thread. It demonstrates the need for very careful and thorough research if the true facts are to recorded,I for one was seriously mislead by an apparent official document. I have some significant amendments to make to my personal data sheets.