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The Department Military Archive is headquartered in South Baden in the university city of Freiburg im Breisgau. The premises are located at the edge of the Freiburg inner city and comprise, as well as a multi-storey office building, a total of five repository halls together with workshops specialised in the restoration and reproduction of cartographic materials and plans. A military intermediate archive for the files of the Federal Ministry of Defence, command authorities, facilities and units of the armed forces as well as the armed forces administration can also be found in Freiburg.

The holdings of the Military Archive Department comprise the documents (particularly files, cartographic materials, construction plans, photographs) of state military facilities from the year 1867 up to the present: The remaining documents of the Prussian-German Army, the Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy), the Schutztruppen (Colonial Force), and Freikorps, the Reichswehr and the Wehrmacht. Moreover, documents pertaining to the Nationale Volksarmee (National People's Army, NVA) and the Grenztruppen (Border Troops) of the GDR are archived in Freiburg. The greatest part of the documentation preserved in the Military Archive Department comes from the Federal Ministry of Defence and its subordinate military and civil areas.

Many personal papers of German military personnel and related collections pertaining to German military history since the middle of the 19th Century round off the records profile.

Users can examine the archive materials in a modern fully-equipped user centre. The reading room contains 25 places. Holdings from a service library with a military history collection profile are available to users to support their research in the archive.