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Southern Patrol - 2013!

Kehlsteinhaus - Eagle's Nest
Today we are going high in the Bavarian Alps to the famed Kehlsteinhaus or as it is also known, the Eagle's Nest but before we shove off, we need breakfast.  Take a look at this beautiful layout for breakfast in the Hotel Bavaria.

 
The breakfast room is cozy with a great view of the Alps.   What kind of cereal do you want?  It is here.
     
 
     

As we drive out, take a look behind us.  No, not at our hotel - it is really nice, but look at the tunnel and the rail line leading into it.  You can't see the tracks?  You see only the road?

This hardened tunnel was built toward the end of the war when bombs were falling everywhere and a rail line ran right down what is now this road and Hermann Göring, Luftwaffe Chief, had his train filled with valuables hidden in this tunnel to avoid its destruction so he could escape with this fortune.

As we know, this did not work out for him.  His treasure was seized, he was arrested, taken to Nürnberg for the show trials, condemned to death and was hanged.  Okay, we know that he took poison and died in his cell, but the Tribunal said that he must hang so his dead body was taken to the gallows and a rope put around his neck where photos were taken.

The town of Berchtesgaden now uses the tunnel for storage.

 


Off to the Kehlksteinhaus

This was the most unusual summer in this area in some twenty years.  Maybe this "Global Warming" is not what we were told it would be.  Normally, we are up here in short sleeve shirts but this day is quite different.  Yep, "Global Warming".....

 
Over the tunnel entrance it tells that this was built in 1938.   We walk the same corridor as they did in 1938!
     
 
This is "Global Warming"?   Somebody call Al Gore............
     
Okay, it was unseasonably cold but the views were superb!    
 
     
 
     

Soon we are inside, past the beautiful fireplace made of red Italian marble, a present from Mussolini, and we enjoy another great meal high in the Alps.  Great memories!

 
     
 


the Berghof
Some wanted to see where Adolf Hitler's Bavarian Alpine home had stood.  The house itself was heavily damaged in a late April 1945 bombing raid, principally by the Royal Air Force.  There was absolutely no strategic value to this target but it was bombed anyhow.  The nearby homes of Hermann Göring and Martin Bormann were likewise badly damaged.  They stood in ruins for decades until the U.S. Army turned the area over to the Bavarian Government who immediately torn down anything standing of these homes.  Fortunately, we have video of all this before it was torn down including trips down into the various bunkers in the area - no longer accessible.  That is our DVD-12 "Tunnels of the Third Reich" and if you CLICK HERE, you will learn more about that DVD and the others in stock.  Now let's visit the Berghof.

 
Only the retaining wall remains intact.   Traces of a stairway.....were these the "Great Steps"?
     
 

This is the escape door for Adolf Hitler's personal air raid shelter.  Just inside this door are apartments for Hitler and for Eva Braun as well as a library and a storage room filled with phonograph records.

     
 
Dr. ELLIS (7324-C/LIFE-2008) finds an air shaft.   Stairs leading up from Hitler's bunker.


It has been a busy two weeks, filled with history but now we have reached the saddest moment of any Sharkhunters "Patrol"; it is time for our "Farewell Dinner"; to say goodbye to friends new and old and to sort out all the great memories.  But as both General MacArthur and Arnold Schwartzeneger have said........."We will be back!"  Join us in 2014.
 

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