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May 24, 1972 Heidelberg

Irmgard Möller and Angela Luther drive two cars onto the Campbell Barracks of the US Army Supreme European Command in Heidelberg. It is an easy enough job, the guards wave any cars with American license plates through; a pair of stolen plates ensures that they will not be stopped. Helped by Baader and Meins, Möller’s and Luther’s cars are equipped with 50 pound bombs. Möller and Luther surely notice that the area they park their cars in is frequented by soldiers and their families. At around 6:00 PM Captain Clyde Bonner of the US Army and his friend Ronald Woodward are killed instantly when the car that Möller has driven blows up next Bonner’s new Ford Capri. Bonner is blown in half, his head and torso staying next to the car, with parts of his legs drooping off a nearby tree like wet leaves. The outside wall of the nearby base clubhouse collapses as well, knocking over a Coca-Cola machine, crushing and killing Charles Peck, another American soldier. Two days later in a communiqué, the “Commando Fifteenth July” (the day that Baader-Meinhof Gang member Petra Schelm was killed), claims responsibility for the bombings; they are “in response to American bombings [read all]

Podcast 27: Bombing Witness Allyn Phillips Interview

An interview with Allyn Phillips, friend and colleague to three US servicemen killed by the Baader-Meinhof Gang in Heidelberg in 1972.


Irmgard Möller

Möller was convicted for the 24 May, 1972 bombing of the U.S. Army Base in Heidelberg. Möller, accompanied by Angela Luther, was one of two people who drove bomb-filled cars onto the base; the explosions killed three American soldiers, Capt. Clyde Bonner, Charles Peck, and Ronald Woodward. She was arrested July 9, 1972 after being set up by Hans-Peter Konieczny. Möller was the sole survivor of Stammheim Prison’s “Death Night,” when Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, and Jan-Carl Raspe either committed suicide, or were murdered, depending on whom you choose to believe. Möller supposedly used a knife to stab herself in her chest several times, missing her heart by millimeters. After 22 years in custody, Möller was released from Luebeck prison on 1 December 1994. At the time, she had been in prison longer than any other woman in Germany. Möller has never wavered in her statements that she, Baader, Raspe, and Ensslin were attacked by police forces on “Death Night.”

11-11-1972 Baader Reputedly in bomb Car (Stars and Stripes)

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