The notion that the base at Glasenbach was built by the Germans and the Wehrmacht for use as a POW facility is not only wrong ... it's downright ludicrous
It was constructed in 1939 by the Germans SOLELY for use as a military base, and was officially named the "Rainer Kaserne". From what I know, it was the home base of GJR137.
My father and his best friend from childhood on were both trained there as part of GJR137. Dad was in training from Dec'41 to May'42, as leader of an 8cm mortar crew as well as his company's fleld armorer, and wound up with GJR138 in Russia (GJR137 was used as Ersatz-Regiment for GJR138). His friend was a Gebirgs-Pionier with GJR137 in northern Norway. Both men survived the war, and are still in excellent health
The base, which straddled the Salzach river, was located just a few km south of Salzburg - on one bank were the permanent barracks that housed the Jäger, and on the other bank the wooden barracks that housed the Pioniere.
The soldiers' common term for their home base was always "Glasenbach", NOT "die Rainer Kaserne". Not once did I ever hear my father refer to the base as anything other than "Glasenbach".
A few years ago, right about the time this thread was originally started, I'd been in online contact with a fellow who, almost immediately after I'd mentioned that my father was trained at "Glasenbach", began to bug me with questions about whether he'd been in the SS. I couldn't understand what made him jump to a conclusion like that back then, but now after finding this thread, it's all starting to make sense -- my innocent reference to the common soldiers' term for the Gebirgsjäger base near Glasenbach was picked up by some meathead who thought that by doing an internet search for the word "Glasenbach" he'd get all the information he'd need about the place......sixtyseven years after the fact, and online to boot
To give you all an idea of the guy's mentality, I'd recommended the books "Black Edelweiss" and "Seven Days in January" to him as excellent reads (because he appeared so interested in WWII history) - after he learned that they were about the 6thSS "Nord" division who had also eventually fought Americans, he replied, "Oh no, I won't read anything like that because they shot at Americans".
I'll have some of my father's pics of the Gebirgsjäger base at Glasenbach ready to post in the "Photographs" section of this forum soon, if anyone is interested. Then YOU can judge