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2010 Argentina - compound built by the crew of GRAF SPEE.

After the beautiful Panzerschiff GRAF SPEE was blown up and scuttled in Montevideo Harbor, the crew was interned in Argentina.  While many of the officers found their way back to Germany and back into the war, most of the enlisted men moved to the little town of Villa General Belgrano in Cordoba Province, about 450 or 500 miles to the northwest of Buenos Aires.  They built their compound some distance out of the village which in itself, was far out in the Argentine wilderness.  Come with us now as we visit the compound these men built in the opening months of what was to become World War Two.  We must drive about five miles out of the village of Villa General Belgrano to find the site.
 

 

As we see in these early photos, the crew worked

 

very hard and achieved great results.

     
Then   Now
 

       Naturally, they worked tirelessly and posed for this photo when the job was finished.
       
 

 

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These buildings, this entire compound, was built in late 1939/early 1940 and it stands today, still in use.  This facility is operated by the Army of Argentina as a resort for military personnel who want to relax far out in the country.  Even today, this compound is remote.

 
What was once the dormitory for crewmen of GRAF SPEE
is now the vacation room for Argentine officers.
  What was once the stable is now the garage.
     
 

The courtyard today is much as it was in 1940.....

 

....who walked on these tiles?  Under this roof?

     
 

This place is beautiful, remote and

 

deep in the Argentine pampas.

     
 
Our last look at this historic compound.
We take memories of history with us.
  We are heading out, back to our respective countries with great memories.
We have walked in the footsteps of history!

 

 

As we are driving through the Argentine pampas heading back to the depot for our transportation to Buenos Aires then back to our home countries, we pass this unique monument.

Some years after the end of World War Two, an Argentine politician married a beautiful young model.  He wanted her to become famous and so he got flying lessons for her and when she was ready, she set off to fly around Argentina for a promotional tour of sorts......the results were tragic!

The beautiful young model crashed her plane and she was killed.  Her husband had this monument built to her memory.  Note that it is in the shape of an airplane's wing - a tribute to a beautiful wife from a grieving husband.


We say goodbye to this beautiful country - for now, but the Sharkhunters will be back!  You should join us - walk in history, see the important places, meet the people who were there from the war.  You will love it!  Your photos and films will let you relive your memories again and again.

We have been to beautiful Argentina three times now - why don't you join us?  You will love it!!!

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