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2011 SHARKHUNTERS Bunker Patrol in the Southern Redoubt
In June 2011, a group of Sharkhunters visited historic places of the Third Reich
in what was known as "The Southern Redoubt" as the Allies thought that
the leaders of the Reich would make a desperate last ditch stand here in the
tunnels, bunkers and other hiding places. Actually, the only one of the
hierarchy in this area was Hermann Göring. The others had all gone their
separate ways to death, capture or escape.
Click on any of these photos to propel yourself through the 'Tunnels of Time' as only Sharkhunters can take you.
The Hotel zum Türken is our
official Sharkhunters 'Home Away from Home' in Germany; owned and
operated by our dear friend and longtime Member INGRID SCHARFENBERG
(3308-A/LIFE-1993). This hotel was built around 1630 and was
bought by Karl Schuster (her Grandfather) on 27 September 1911.
Berchtesgaden is a quaint village,
many centuries old, nestled in a quiet valley in the Alps. This is
the village at the foot of the Obersalzberg where Martin Bormann built
his Reich Sicherheits Zone, or Reich Security Zone. All access to
the mountain was controlled by SS security, but the little town was not.
It is more or less the same as it was decades ago.
Welcome to Königsee. Today
this is the Schiffmeister Hotel - in the latter part of World War II,
this was the headquarters of General Field Marshall Kesselring.
This is a beautiful and well preserved area only electric powered
boats are allowed on these waters. Well, almost...sometimes a
workboat with conventional power is seen zipping across the lake, but
for the norm - electric power only.
The scenery must be seen to be
truly appreciated. The camera is great, but until you see it with
your own eyes, feel the breeze on your own cheek and smell the freshness
in the air yourself - it just isn't the same.
This was called the
'Kehlsteinhaus' meaning the house built on Kehlstein Mountain. It
was built in just 13 months from inception to completion in time for
Adolf Hitler's 50th birthday on 20 April 1939. Contrary to the
generally published 'history', this was not built with slave laborers at
all. To build something of such magnitude and such precision, one
would have the best stone cutters, masons, carpenters etc. available.
These were recruited with good pay, housing for the duration of the
project, food etc.
As we see in this superb photo shot by Angela Smith, we ate really well on this "Patrol" and, as in this photo, in some very historic places. The view was always breathtaking, the food always great, and the history - click on this photo and join us for a walk back into the tunnels of time.
This sign states that the Hotel
Geiger is closed. Sadly, it is not only closed but falling into
total ruin and will most likely be demolished soon. It was
Luftwaffe Headquarters for this area.
TUNNELS and BUNKERS! That is the big reason we are
here. We visited the tunnels and bunkers that we knew about AND,
thanks to 'Recon RANDOLPH SIPLE (4684-2010)' we found one we didn't know about.
Where is this tunnel system? What is in it?
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