You will notice that we have broken this “Patrol” report into the various days and places we went. You may click on each of these photos below to hyperlink your way to that specific part of the report.
First days – München! The name of the city, München, means “place of the monks” and it is very old with a great deal of history. Sharkhunters made a lot of history here too. Click on this photo of München and join us in this beautiful city.
MARILYN TIMMS (5516-1998) sent this email:
“I look forward to everything from Sharkhunters. I’ve almost finished putting together a scrapbook from the Patrol. What an incredible experience that was. Thank you so much.”
MARK KUBA (7306-2008) brought his mother along on this “Patrol“. Here is what MARK thought of the tour:Next is the famous city of Nürnberg. There is a tremendous amount of history in this city. Click on the photo and join us.
“The trip was a dream come true. I am still living in Austria in my mind and would love to go back next year! Austria is the land of Hansel and Gretl, unspoiled where man lives in harmony with nature. It is Paradise. Ten years ago when I was awakened, I was really poor but wanted to go to Germany and Austria & interview all the living leaders of WW II. Harry did it instead!!! The work was done! My trip highlight was MANFRED ROEDER (1517-1990).
We departed Nürnberg for the picturesque drive through the Alps to Kärnten in southern Austria. Click the photo.
2008 SHARKHUNTERS “Southern Patrol”
JASON BULKELEY (7254-2007) brought his son, and he said this about this ‘Patrol‘:
Before we even got started, MARK KRATZ (7271-2007) stopped for a visit (below left) with Josef “Sepp” Dorsch as his home. During our dinner at the Löwenbräukeller, our friend GEORG HÖGEL (240-LIFE-1987) gave a beautiful silk necktie (below right) emblazoned with the emblems of the German U-Bootwaffe of three eras to Sharkhunters Founder and President HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) and said that he respected him for telling the true history of his comrades in the U-Bootwaffe.
This resplendent staircase leads to the third floor and we see the ceiling is much the way it was in the 1930’s.
In the two photos above, we see the room itself, but you must be standing right there to appreciate the size of the room.
TROY (7255-2007) had this to say about the “Patrol“:
“I had a fantastic time! My best memories of the Patrol were Zeppelnfeld, Congreßhall and Nürnberg. The Patrol was great!”
After our historic time in Austria, we went to Croatia for the first time. You won’t believe this place! Click the photo above.
Back to Bavaria for more great food, interesting places and people of history.
We spent more great days in this city that has so much history from so many eras. Come along with us and enjoy what we saw, what we experienced and what remains in our memories.
Just a hundred meters or so from our hotel is the old Königstor (the King’s Gate) where HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) and our friend DIETER FUNK (7368-2008) enjoy a glass of German white wine in a winestube that is more than 400 years old.
TROY (7255-2007) said this:
Our group was then met by our friend MICHAEL KAISER (6166-LIFE-2000) for a special personally guided tour of historic places.
At Zeppelnfeld, the place of the Party rallies, MICHAEL goes into great historic detail.
Photo below – Our group takes the special entrance, the one Hitler used when he arrived from the nearby train.
……..and once inside……………
Inside the huge grandstand is a special room where Hitler held receptions prior to coming out his special door to address the crowds. The “gold room” (photo above) still has the inlaid swastikas inlaid in the ceiling. This room is off limits to all – except Sharkhunters
When Hitler was ready to make his appearance, this door (photo above) would open and he would emerge to the roaring crowds that had waited for him, sometimes for hours. As with most speakers, he always made sure he was just a little bit late to heighten the crowd’s anticipation. Only Hitler used these doors.
We see one more inlaid ceiling in this reception hall (above left) then set out for the Congreßhall (above right and below). This was built similar to the Coliseum in Rome, but so much larger that the Coliseum could easily fit into the open area of the Congreßhall .
This building was to have housed many government offices, but it was never completed. In the late stages of the war, it was used as a field hospital and when Germany surrendered, this area was taken over by the U.S. Army who found there were seventeen wounded men of the Waffen SS in this hospital…….these men were taken out of this hospital after the war was over – and in what can only be described as a shameful act, they were shot dead in this courtyard by American soldiers.
In this sort of panorama we get a feeling for the massive size of the Congreßhall.
In this part of the panorama we see RALPH FRÖHNER (7393-2008) taking a picture of HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) who is taking a picture of RALPH who is taking a picture of……….oh well, you get the idea.
Veteran fighter pilot HARRY SCHMIDT (7354-2008) said this about his time on this “Patrol“:
Below – the group listens intently as MICHAEL gives more explanation of the Congreßhall.
At one end of the Congreßhall is this special doorway (above left) that was made only for Hitler to use. Above right photo shows the enclosed driveway that goes all the way around the outside of the Congreßhall – large enough for trucks to drive on it.
In the old town section of Nürnberg we see one of the cathedrals (upper left) and the city hall (upper right and both below).
Then we are in the fantastic museum that MICHAEL founded and operates. It is a wonderful museum, and we will let the photos take you along on this trip into history. The photos speak for themselves.
From the museum we go to the ‘Palace of Justice‘ and visit Room 600 (below left) where the Nürnberg Tribunals were held. We are in Room 600, probably for the last time. This room will be turned into a museum shortly. Below right is the market square and the old fountain.
2008 SHARKHUNTERS “Southern Patrol”
We are again in beautiful Landskron Castle, high above the city lights below. Upper left – JASON BULKELEY (7254-2007) checks the special Sharkhunters 25th Anniversary Menu and (upper right) MARK KUBA (7306-2008) talks with his mother.
After en excellent dinner, Sharkhunters founder HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) is knighted by the Graf (Count) von Lanskron. He was the first American ever knighted at this castle and his certificate of Knighthood is upper right. He was asked to swear to defend the castle with sword if ever needed. Being a former weapons specialist, HARRY said he would rather use a machine gun.
The next American to be knighted (photos above center and right) was CHRIS BANDA (6733-2003) and he was followed by Austrian EDDIE KUMMER (6469-2001).
This beautiful one-of-a-kind compass and case was a gift from our friend STEFAN STANCHEV (7341-2008).
Below left – the entertainment continues Below right – STEFAN‘s daughter and her husband enjoy the music.
During our time here in Austria, we visited the Castle Hochosterwicz, known as the “Castle of 16 Gates” because of the 16 fortified gates leading to the castle itself. This castle never fell in battle. Click on the photo of “Sepp” and come along with us.
During our stay in Kärnten, we again visited the shooting range and with so many guys who were “on the job” or retired from “the job”, there was some pretty great shooting!
Upper right – our friend Michael (on the left) owns the hotel. On the right is HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983)
Naturally, the main reason we are here, the high point of the entire “Patrol” is the Memorial Ceremony atop Ulrichsberg.
…….in Memory of those who did not return
And the “Flame of Flanders” group is with us again.
Then we went further south into Croatia, to the town of Opatija on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The beauty of this area is almost beyond description, so we’ll just let the photos tell the story. These two photos (below) were shot right off my hotel room veranda.
One evening we spent on a dinner cruise on the Adriatic – the sea of Ulysses; of Agamemnon; of so many of history’s great names.
As on all Sharkhunters “Patrols“, we ate REALLY WELL!
When one thinks of Bavaria, OKTOBERFEST pops into mind. We ended our “Southern Patrol” there on the ‘wiesn’ which is the German word for ‘Meadow’. The first many Oktoberfests were held in a meadow. Today it is a huge midway.
MARK KRATZ (7271-2007) gave us this report:
“I had a fantastic time! This was a great tour. Being my first time in Europe, it exceeded my expectations.”