Local Canadian Military Radio (1956-1970).
The Canadian Army's Radio Station Radio CAE (Canadian Army Europe) had been broadcasting from Werl, Westphalia, to the members of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade Group that was later to be replaced by the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group and their families on 87.8 MHz in the FM band. A fact that has been widely forgotten during the course of the years gone by.
The station operated from Fort Victoria, Werl Forest, with only 250 watts, but had a very strong signal in Hamm. Werl Forest was overlooking the town.
As a matter of fact, it actually had the strongest signal on the FM band dial in our town, stronger than any of the German stations.
No wonder, it had many loyal listeners in our area.
The 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade was stationed in Iserlohn, Hemer, Soest, and Werl. The command was at Fort Beauséjour in Iserlohn/Hemer. More military installations were at Werl as Fort Victoria, Fort St. Louis and Fort Anne, at Soest as Fort York, Fort Henry and Fort Chambly, at Iserlohn as Fort Beauséjour and Fort Qu'Appelle, at Hemer as Fort MacLeod and Fort Prince Of Wales.
The station closed down on October 18,1970.
Technical parts and personnel were to be transported to Lahr in the Black Forest where CFN war already on the air. It moved to Brunssum, the Netherlands, in 1978, providing programmes to Brunssum, Ramstein Air Base and Lahr (Baden-Württemberg) in Germany and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium.
CFN closed down for good on September 30, 2014, due to a reduction of Canadian military personnel serving overseas and budget cuts by the Canadian government.
More Information about Canadian Infantry in Westphalia is found at Ruhrmemories 1953 - 1971 by Dave Larke.
More Information about Radio CAE.
Eroc, German rock group Grobschnitt's former drummer and the director of his own recording studio, has a site dealing with the station, Radio CAE.
Canadian Radio from the CBC. Listen to CBC 1 from Ottawa.
The English Circle Hamm
The English Circle Hamm Magazine
Eroc's Radio CAE site