2015 “Southern Patrol”
Our 2015 “Southern Patrol” was a success, as always. We met with old friends and met new friends alike, and all the while learning true and honest history. Join us in our photos as we walk in the footsteps of history but before we begin, take a moment to read what GREG LUTTON, Member #7848 said about this “Patrol“.
“I will sign off with another endorsement of the Southern Patrol Tour. First of all, a big thank you to you and your family for making it all possible. As I previously said, we saw history that had been unlocked for us – something that other folks will never see on any mainstream tour of Germany and Austria. Then there was the people, places we stayed and of course the food and the beer. This tour was so unique and tailored for people who are interested in REAL history, not the mainstream fables. Then there was Ulrichsberg – I met some of the most courageous, honorable men ever to wear a uniform. All in all, this was something I will remember for the rest of my life. It was more than a tour, it was an event.
Harry, it was a pleasure meeting you and the other Patrollers. I had a better time than I imagined and all set in the most picture postcard scenery in Europe and in the world”
GREG came all the way from Australia to be with our “Patrol“. Start making plans to be with us for next year’s “Southern Patrol“.
|MÜNCHEN! It means “Place of the Monks” but it means so much more. This was the birthplace of the Third Reich and let us not forget Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest party. It really is much more than that – it began as the wedding feast of Prince Ludwig before he was King Ludwig, and it is a celebration of the München brewed beers.
LISA HECKMAN, Member #7922 wrote this:
“I immensely enjoyed the tour and appreciate all that I learned.”
MÜNCHEN! Officially, it means “Place of the Monks” but it means so much more. This was the birthplace of the Third Reich and let us not forget Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest party. It really is much more than that – it began as the wedding feast of Prince Ludwig before he was King Ludwig, and it is a celebration of the München brewed beers.
On the previous page and below we see LISA HECKMAN, Member #7922 in front of the Rathaus (City Hall) where each day at 11am and again at 12 noon the dancers whirl to the music of the band while the Bavarian knight in his white and powder blue defeats the red knight. In hundreds of years, the red knight has never beaten the Bavarian knight. Join us for the sights and sounds of München.
When we arrived in Ingolstadt, just outside Nürnberg, there was a fair in progress with lots of great items for sale.
Over the River………
……….ah, the food! We never tire of the great German food.
Naturally, where there is food there is beer – especially in Germany.
Churches are everywhere.
Onward to the historic places in Nürnberg…………..
Let me say a big VIELEN DANK! (Many thanks) to our good friend HOLGER WEINBERGER, Member #7589 for being our guide in this beautiful city. He usually assists our friend MICHAEL KAISER, Member #6166 but MICHAEL is now an Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant Colonel) in the army and he had military duty this day. HOLGER did a great job for us – Danke HOLGER.
It is time for Mittagessen – lunch; and we go to what is called “Hitler’s Train Station“. This is the actual train station where Hitler would get off the train when he was to make a speech at Zeppelnfeld. It was behind the stadium and far out of sight of the massive crowds waiting for his speeches. We have our lunch here every time we are in Nürnberg and it is great that they keep the place looking as it did some eighty years ago. It truly IS a trip through the tunnels of time…..and the food is really great as well.
On our way to the next historic place, we pass this monument –
The Congressehalle is next on our list and it has quite a history. It is built in more a circular shape like the Amphitheater in Rome, but the Amphitheater could easily fit INSIDE the Congressehalle. This was going to be a massive office complex for Third Reich Party functionairres with a massive glass dome over the courtyard where we are standing. Note the school groups on an apparent field trip learning how evil were their grandparents………this is a common occurrence. We are pretty certain that the teachers never mention that this place was used as a field hospital toward the end of the war and when the US Army took control of the Congressehalle at the German surrender, they found 17 wounded soldiers of the Waffen SS in the hospital. They were unceremoniously taken into this courtyard and shot. We doubt that the teachers even know this.
…..on the where the ‘Death Ceremony’ was conducted.
At the Party Rallies, there was the long ceremonial walk by Hitler flanked by two top Party men through the hundreds of thousands troops to this structure where the ceremony was held.
And now it is time for snacks……………more ice cream!
For our lunch HOLGER took us to a great micro-brewery named Krokodil (crocodile). The food and ambience were great, but we didn’t have the heart to tell them that their mascot hanging in the main room is an alligator, not a crocodile.
HOLGER gave us a tour of a 13th Century watch tower that now contains a museum. We climbed level after level until we were at the top and we could look over the city. The chill wind whipped through the open places and we needed to button up our jackets as we looked over the ancient city laid out below us.
It is evening now and MICHAEL is off duty and so gives us a tour of the very special room in the Rathaus – City Hall. In the left photo we see how horribly devastated this building was during the war, but it is now rebuilt and is magnificent. This is not just some meeting room in some city hall; these is incredible history here. Treaties were signed here; dinners were held here between warring factions to seal peace. We are not referring to the 20th Century – we refer to wars hundreds of years ago that were concluded with peace talks in this very room – and Sharkhunters are here, thanks to MICHAEL and HOLGER.
The drive south…..
With check-in complete, we set out on a three-hour tour.
At the Marinekameradschaft – it means more or less the Navy League and we are invited for a luncheon of fellowship, visiting with old friends and meeting new ones.
A short editorial here by Sharkhunters President HARRY COOPER, Member #1-LIFE. For military veterans in most countries, we have our clubs such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars etc. and we have our club HQ usually in a prominent place. The national flag is flying outside and in the case of the American veterans, we have the POW/MIA Flag just beneath the American Flag. At the American Legion Post in my town there is a huge sign proclaiming this is an American Legion post and there is a Huey helicopter out front. Most Legion and VFW posts have a helicopter, a tank, a field artillery piece or some type of military hardware out front.
That is not allowed in Germany or Austria. This MK meets in a converted coal bin in the basement of an office building. It has been cleaned up and refurnished beautifully, but you will not see a huge sign out front. There is no flag waving, no tank or chopper or field piece……….or anything. Think about that, especially if you are a veteran.
…………and now, the Fellowship Evening; random photos of a great time
……….all is in readiness with these beautiful wreathes
As we depart, we say goodbye to NILS LARISCH, Member #7808 and his lady. Now we are off to lunch
LUNCH in the ALPS – INCREDIBLE! Great food, breathtaking view and good fellowship.
Sadly, our time in Austria is coming to a close…..for this year, but we will return in 2016. Hope you can join us.
Now on to a castle in the sky ………………
One thing about our Sharkhunters – they are tough! The lift was out of service the day we were here so we walked the whole way up the mountain doggone near into the clouds! Come with us now – it will be a lot easier for you to travel with us on your computer.
And here, way up on top of the clouds, is a beautiful garden. It was in such a garden that the Baron and his family relaxed. Five or six hundred years ago – what else could they do? No television, DVDs, cell phones – nothing, so they relaxed in such places and they read a lot. This is a very peaceful garden,
…….and on we go, climbing even higher and higher.
There was an art exhibit by an incredible painter. Here are a couple of his works.
Now that our castle tour has finished, we depart for beautiful southern Bavaria.
We always say that we eat well – REALLY WELL – on our “Patrols”…………….
“It’s good to be the King!” That was a line in a Mel Brooks movie and it appears to be quite true. Today we go forth onto the Königsee – the King’s Lake. It is very beautiful…..it looks like it fell off a post card. Join us aboard.
Now we go to beautiful Salzburg in Austria.
After Adolf Hitler was released from prison, he and Rudolf Hess shared a rented house on the Obersalzberg where he finished writing his book “Mein Kampf” which, incidentally, is the second biggest selling book ever in history – second only to the Holy Bible in numbers of copies sold. Only this portion of the foundation remains of the so called “Kampfhaus“. Now it is time to go far up into the clouds.
The “Eagle’s Nest” or more accurately, the “Kehlsteinhaus” and as always, we are there.
Inside, we are first in the ante-room. Now it is used merely for the tour guides. They do not take anyone on an actual tour – they merely stand here and talk about the building itself, giving history………and a few fairy tales as well.
“There is no lower floor here.” That is what one of the waiters told me when I asked for the way to get downstairs. I said there sure was a lower floor with a special room where Eva Braun and her girlfriends would have lunch and another room where the security guards would have their lunch. He said I must be confusing this place with something else – I told him that I had been in the lower level before the local Hofbraühaus took over the operation, turning the place into a history-based restaurant. He walked away shaking his head, probably thinking that I was crazy. AHA! I looked at what appeared to be blank doors, opened them up and what do we find………..the lower level!
After we looked into the lower level that “does not exist” we go back in the main level, in the great room where visiting dignitaries relaxed and did whatever visiting dignitaries do.
Our last treat for the day is a little restaurant and guest house hidden well out in the mountains. Anyone who knows anything about this history knows that Adolf Hitler was not the guy who got things started – it was a guy named Dietrich Eckhardt. His house is still standing far out in the mountains and it is one of the very few things that the U.S. Army has not returned to the Bavarian Government. It is used by the Army for R & R…..officers, of course and not open to anyone else. We drive past it, closed and dark when we passed by, down to a quaint little place for our dinner. This is the place where Hitler and Eckhardt would meet and discuss plans for the future. We try to include a stop here on each of our “Southern Patrols” for the history of the place.
Who walked along this entryway eight decades ago? Who warmed themselves by this antique fireplace – but it was not an antique back then. Let your mind wander……what images does your mind conjure up?
This is the close of our 2015 “Southern Patrol“…….BUT we continued on a research expedition after the group departed for their homes in the USA and Australia. We will begin loading those photos tomorrow; check back.
New and rarely seen photos of…………well,
There are things we aren’t supposed to see here. Can it be……….
Maybe it is the magnificent scenery. No, can’t be that – Austria is nothing but magnificent scenery. The red arrow above indicates a church far below in the valley. Let’s go down there and take a look at it.
We go up and up and up some more mountains to the oldest wooden church in all Austria. It is a tiny building, high up on the mountainside and we are shrouded by the heavy morning fog. What a sight! Let’s look.
So far we know that the churches are not off limits for us……..what can it be? We have learned that this Mondsee (Moon Lake) Region was heavily used by the Waffen SS, primarily the 1st SS, for R&R – Rest and Recuperation.
After the 2015 Southern Patrol finished, Sharkhunters President HARRY COOPER, Member #1-LIFE continued into northern Italy to meet with ALDO VILLAGROSSI, Member #7907, to be briefed on a brand new mystery. CLICK HERE to come along.
Before we begin our visit to Soncino, we must give a huge THANK YOU to ALDO, to the Mayor and the people of this town. COOPER had reservations in a pleasant hostel at $23 per night. Instead, ALDO brought him to a very upscale, four-star hotel and said that the Mayor decided that the people of Soncino would take care of him. COOPER could not spend a dime; everything – hotel, meals etc. was all compliments of the people of Soncino. What an incredible welcome! Grazie Soncino!
Let’s take a moment to tour this beautiful town and meet the Mayor.
The gifts from the Mayor and the people of Soncino – left is the book that the Mayor is signing above; center is the seal of the town of Soncino; right is a very rare book. The town was filled with charm and friendly people, the Mayor is a great guy and ALDO an excellent host………..but where is the mystery? Keep reading.
These are the two promotional fliers to promote the speaking engagement of HARRY COOPER, Member #1-LIFE on the escape of ADOLF HITLER and also the mystery that ALDO VILLAGROSSI, Member #7907 is investigating. And now – on to the mystery……….and on we go – into the cemetery!
Who was…….or still is………buried here? Was the upper part of the stone destroyed by Nature in the decades the cemetery was abandoned? Did vandals destroy the stone? Or are we not supposed to know the identity of the person who was…..or still IS buried here? This is ALDO‘s project and we can tell you no more until he gives us the green light to proceed. When he does give permission, when he does break this story – it will have a profound effect on the history we have been taught.
In the meantime, we said we always eat well in Europe and although the food is quite different from that which we are used to in Germany and Austria, this is great food in Italy as well!
Many thanks to ALDO VILLAGROSSI, Member #7907 and to the Mayor and people of Soncino for a great visit in their town as well as a powerful learning experience. More on that once ALDO gives the green light to proceed.
This is the end of our 2015 Southern Patrol and it was superb! We hope you can join us next year.
|NÜRNBERG – the hub of Germany in those days. All rail lines converged on this ancient city and so it was logical that the Third Reich chose Nürnberg as the focal point for all their party rallies.
Click on the map of ancient Nürnberg to join us on this part of our 2015 Southern Patrol. You will see things you will never see anywhere else. Here is what GREG LUTTON, Member #7848 wrote:
|Österreich – that is German for Austria, and we head south along the Autobahn through the majestic Alps into this land of ‘The Sound of Music’.
We enjoy a cruise on a lake then gather with old friends, meet new friends and remember all who fell in battle no matter in what uniform and no matter under what flag.
Click on this photo of a sailor’s dream to join us.
|Burg Hochosterwitz also known as “the Castle of the Fourteen Gates” because the route to the castle atop this mountain passed through fourteen fortified gates. Since 1541, this castle and the mountain has been in the Khevenhüller Family and the descendants still own it today, although they live elsewhere in Austria. This castle has been under heavy siege five times in past centuries but has never fallen.
Click on this photo and travel some six centuries back into the tunnels of time.
|We drive northerly through the Alps, over the border into Bavaria and to the village of Berchtesgaden which looks as if it fell off a Christmas card. This was the home of the leaders of the Third Reich. In fact, it was here that the seeds of the Third Reich were sewn.
Click on the photo to the left and travel back some eighty decades with us.
|Why is this guy standing on this golden globe? Click on that photo and join us for a beautiful day in picturesque Salzburg for history, for sightseeing – and for souvenir shopping.
|We walk in the footsteps of history – Third Reich history. Click on this photo and join us in a trip back eight decades.
Incidentally – this is not “Hitler’s Tea House” or the “Eagle’s Nest” as commonly known. This is the same place, but its official name is the “Kehlsteinhaus” which means the house on Kehlstein Mountain. These other names have been added later. Click on the photo and see history.
This is the end of the Sharkhunters 2015 “Southern Patrol“…..but look below.
|Sharkhunters President HARRY COOPER, Member #1-LIFE continued on through Bavaria into Austria and down into Italy, meeting with various S.E.I.G. Agents and learning much more.
There were things we should not know about and places we should not go – but why?
Click on the photo of the “Steinkreuz” and join HARRY and……we will not identify the various S.E.I.G. Agents with him because we cannot take the chance that some clever ‘Spook‘ will be able to guess who is who from the locations.
And for the benefit of ‘Fat Heidi’ and the rest of the SPitLIckers, S.E.I.G. is an acronym for Sharkhunters Eaglehunters Intelligence Group while SPitLIckers is short for SPLC. Click now…..
|Once our 2015 Southern Patrol had ended and all said our “goodbyes” to new friends then headed for respective homes, Sharkhunters President HARRY COOPER, Member #1-LIFE, continued on into Italy at the invitation of ALDO VILLAGROSSI, Member #7907.
This was a chance to meet an important Member but as you will see in the photos, the beginning of a new mystery. In addition, ALDO arranged for COOPER to speak before a large group on the escape of Adolf Hitler and others to South America. One of the promotional fliers is seen to the left.