A photo of the front entrance to the main lobby of the IG Farben building in Frankfurt am Main, where members of the Baader-Meinhof Group left a bomb, injuring dozens. Moments later a second bomb exploded at the entrance to the nearby Officer’s Club, killing Lt. Col. Paul Bloomquist.
This official US Army photo shows the destruction caused by a Baader-Meinhof bomb left on May 11, 1972 at the entrance to the Officer’s Club behind the V Corps HQ housed in the massive IG Farben building in Frankfurt am Main. The bomb killed Lt. Col. Paul Bloomquist and injured several others.
Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, Holger Meins, and Jan-Carl Raspe place three pipe bombs near the entrance the the I.G. Farben building, which houses the headquarters of the US Army Corp. The bombs explode within minutes of each other from 6:59 PM to 7:02 PM. The entrance to the officer’s mess is destroyed. A shard of molten metal flies from the bomb and lodges deeply into the throat of Lt. Colonel Paul Bloomquist. A decorated Vietnam veteran and father of two, Bloomquist bleeds to death at the entrance of the officer’s mess. Damages to the building are estimated to be DM 1,000,000. The Baader-Meinhof Gang, calling themselves the “Petra Schelm Commando,” claims responsibility in a communiqué, which demands the end to the American mining of North Vietnamese harbors.
A Memorial day tribute to Lt. Col. Paul Bloomquist, the first American victim of the Baader-Meinhof Gang.
An interview with Baader-Meinhof bombing victim Peter Glyer.
An interview with Larry David Young, witness to the tragic Baader-Meinhof bombing of the Frankfurt V Corp HQ in 1972. A very long talk with a very interesting man.
Noted author Ron Jacobs talks about witnessing a Baader-Meinhof bombing, and his work documenting the Weather Underground.
Bob Berwyn has the rare distinction to have witnessed two separate Red Army Faction Bombings as well as a deadly neo-Nazi bombing at the Munich Oktoberfest in 1980. On May 11, 1972, 15-year-old Bob Berwyn was watching a film at the US Army base’s theater when he heard an muffled explosion nearby. After a few minutes the theater was evacuated and Bob made his way near where the blast when off (in an annex building of the enormous IG Farben building). The bomb, one of three pipe bombs left by Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, Jan-Carl Raspe, and Holger Meins, killed Lt. Col. Paul Bloomquist and injured more than a dozen others. Four years later, members of the Red Army Faction again bombed the IG Farben building. calling themselved the “Ulrike Meinhof Commando” in honor of the recent prison death of Ulrike Meinhof, this unit’s bomb injured 17 people. And Bob happened to be in in an adjoining section of the building. And as if to prove the terrorism has no true ideology, Bob was attending Munich’s famed Oktoberfest celebration in 1980 when a neo-Nazi’s pipe bomb went off, killing more than a dozen revelers. display_podcast]
May 11, 1972. Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, Jan-Carl Raspe, and Holger Meins and possibly others leave three pipe bombs around Frankfurt’s IG Farben building, which housed the Supreme Allied Command of the US military. In the early evening, the three bombs go off in rapid succession. One bomb, planted inside the main building, destroys a magazine stand and injures dozens. Two bombs, planted in the Officer’s Club behind the IG Farben building, shatters a pane of glass, sending a shard into the neck of Lt. Col. Paul Bloomquist. Bloomquist dies at the scene, following a massive loss of blood. A few hundred yards away from the blasts, Scott Tatina and his friends are walking through the adjoining park when they hear the first bomb go off, followed by two more. They run towards the Officer’s Club, arriving in time to help a young soldier with a tramautic shrapnel wound to his back. In a communique released after the bombings, the Baader-Meinhof Gang would claim that the attack was in response to the United States’ mining of North Vietnamese harbors. Lt. Bloomquist would be the first American victim in the Baader-Meinhof Gang’s war on American Imperialism. The following interview was conducted [read all]
An Associated Press article detailing the initial, sketchy details about the Frankfurt bombing of the US V Corps Headquarters. PDF: 5-12-1972 Army Says It Has No Indication Who Bombed HQ Lewiston Evening Journal
An Associated Press article detailing the initial, sketchy details about the bombing of the US V Corps HQ in Frankfurt am Main. PDF: 5-12-1972 Frankfurt Bombing Mystery Rome-News Tribune
An Associated Press article, printed in the New York Times, offering the sketchy initial details of the bombing of the V Corps HQ in Frankfurt am Main. PDF: 5-12-1972 Bombs Rock a US Army Base at Frankfurt
A brief Associated Press article detailing the steps being taken by the US Army to deter future bombings. The article notes that “an anarchist group called the Red Army Faction” had taken credit for the V Corps HQ bombing in Frankfurt. PDF: 5-17-1972 US Troops Placed on Alert after Bombing
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