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SHARKHUNTERS International
2015 "Southern Patrol"
Walking in the Footsteps of History

Naturally, we must look at the history of this area so join us as we walk back some eight decades into history.

 

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.

 
Yep - that is where we are going.....WAY up there!   Getting closer and closer
     
 

We enter through the 76 year old portal.......

 

.....through the same massive bronze doors

     
 

We walk through the very same tunnel.....

 

.....as men of history walked decades ago

     
 

.....and we ride the very same elevator to the top.....

 

.....the VERY SAME elevator!

     
 
The village of Berchtesgaden as seen from high in the sky.   Another village far, far down in the valley.
     
 
Foundations of the anti-aircraft gun emplacements.   Colonel BERNHARD FRANK, Member #3225 was
in command of these anti-aircraft batteries.
     
 
The name is Kehlsteinhaus - not the Eagle's Nest   The massive fireplace, made of red Italian marble, a gift from Mussolini
     
 

Above and below - the views from up here...

 

...are nothing short of breathtaking!

 


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!

 
..........what can be behind this door?????????   Stairs!  Stairs to the lower level that does not exist.....
     
 

The entire lower floor - the one that does not exist, has.....

 

.....been turned into storage and kitchen space for the restaurant.


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.

 

The way it looked eight decades ago.......

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.....the way it looked for our lunch in October 2015

     
 

This was pre-lunch while waiting for the group to get their fill of sights and souvenirs.  It was rather chilly, so what's better than hot chocolate with whipped cream alongside a dish of ice cream with chocolate sauce and whipped cream......sorry, I ate all the whipped cream before I shot the photo.

After the group returned and it was time for lunch - real lunch, naturally I had goulasch soup with a beer.  That is always great right after ice cream...


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, CLICK HERE and see for yourself.

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