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SHARKHUNTERS International
2015 "Southern Patrol"
    
München!
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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

As we walk up to Fenlherrenhalle, there is a fair going on.

 

The red circle indicates the area where the 9 November 1923 "Beer Hall Putsch" ended.  The marchers, led by Adolf Hitler with General Ludendorf and Hermann Göring, walked right up to the Bavarian police machine guns in the hopes of converting them to their cause.  That plan failed and many of the protesters were killed while Hitler and General Ludendorf were arrested.  We were there in the footsteps of history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two rows above and below are general scenes in München from the days of the Reich.  It is not necessary to label them.  Just being there, taking our own photos....travelling in the tunnels of time - incredible!

 

 

 

 

     
 
     

The building at the right is a major factor in this history.  This is the apartment of the niece of Adolf Hitler, Geli Rabaul in the red circle.  It is also the apartment where she was found dead, shot to death in suicide.  Some question if it really was suicide.

It is not possible to go into this apartment as it is sealed off even to this day by the police.

BOB JOHNSTON, Member #2025 has the pistol used to kill Geli.  He is about to publish a book about that gun at the end of 2015.

 
     

Off to Oktoberfest!

   
 

These revelers - left and two photos below - are on their way to Oktoberfest and by the look of them, they have been celebrating already.  The girl in the photo below appears to be quite 'relaxed'.  That empty beer bottle in her hand might have something to do with it.

     
 
     
   

to the Hofbräuhaus.........

 
The red circle tells us we are near........   .....and here we are!
     
 

During the two week-long time of Oktoberfest, München is a madhouse of people from everywhere - from all over, and the streets, roads, avenues and the entire city itself is jammed to overflowing.  After unsuccessfully trying to find a parking place even halfway near the world famous Hofbräuhaus, the best we could do was to park FOUR MILES away and take the train in.  Every part of Germany has excellent rail transportation so it was quick and easy to get here.

With all the hoopla, bands and revelers - we must wonder if any but a small number of people really know the history of this place.  Most seemed to see it as a great place for food, beer and fun.  However, it was here in this very building that Adolf Hitler and other Party leaders gathered, made speeches and planned the course of the Third Reich.

Let's go in and soak up all the history - not to mention some great German food and beer.

     
 
     
 
     

As we see here, the food is great, the beer flows freely and the fellowship can't be beat.

Were you here with us?  If not, you missed a fantastic time.

   
     

In the upper room..........most are not aware

   

 

     

In this third floor room seen above that seats about 800 and from this stage came many speeches of Adolf Hitler during his rise and again when in power.

                 Were you with us?

 

     
     

 

The spirit of Oktoberfest appears to be spilling over to the entire city of Munich/München.  It is a nation-wide celebration with visitors from around the globe.

If you missed being with us this year, don't miss in 2016.

     

München as seen through the camera lens of LISA HECKMAN, Sharkhunters Member #7922.

Click on this photo of LISA to join us.  At the end of that photo tour, just click BACK on your browser to come back to the main menu for our 2015 "Southern Patrol".

 


Next stop is Nürnberg - site of the Party Rallies.  CLICK HERE to come with us.

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