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SHARKHUNTERS International
2015 "Southern Patrol"
Intel Gathering Expedition
SECRET - Moon Lake
Our 2015 "Southern Patrol" was a success - we met with old friends and met new friends alike, and all the while learning true and honest history.  But now it is time for you to join Sharkhunters President HARRY COOPER, Member #1-LIFE and various S.E.I.G. Agents as we walk in the footsteps of history with brand new photos and new discoveries.

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.

It sure is a beautiful church - almost seems like we have seen this church before.  Churches.........weren't we told during the war and for years after that the Germans and Austrians were Godless Nazis?  Could it be that the government lied to us?  But what is familiar about this church?

AHA!  If you think that the hills are alive with the sound of music, you are correct.  This is the very church in which the wedding scene for the marriage of Captain von Trapp and Maria took place in the movie.

.....so this cannot be the area we are not supposed to see.  On we go.

 

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.

 
Eerie but very beautiful.   Let's go inside.
     
 
     

Above and below are the names of

 

their family members who did not return.

     
 
     
Below are more views inside this beautiful church   The black marks on the wall are from prayer candles
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 

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.

There is quite a history behind the 'Steinkreuz' (stone cross) in the lake, in Mondsee - but that is a story for another time.

 
     
 
     
 

Many of the homes, private buildings, municipal buildings etc. all had other uses during the time of the Reich.  Surely none of these are secret so then what?

There must be SOMETHING off limits that we are not supposed to see.

     

We see this sign, but we know they can't mean us - surely not us, so we press onward.  Good thing I can't read German........

 
     
 

Doggone - why would anyone erect such a fence.....

 

.....when we need to go in and look about?

     
 
Nobody in what appears to be the guard shack   There is that doggone barbed wire again - not friendly at all
     
 

Thee is something beyond the apparent guard shack.....

     

There it is!  The bunker we aren't supposed to see.  Nothing could stop us now - not the warning sign (which I can't read), not the high fence with the electric barbed wire, not the locked gate - but my friend, our unnamed S.E.I.G. Agent, said they could not only get permission but also full access to all levels on this bunker complex next time I am in Austria.  However, I was told, that if we enter without permission now, we would never be allowed in again.

Okay, it is difficult to argue with that kind of logic and so we departed without ever going into the bunker...........this time.  Like Arnold said;
                                "I'll be back!"

When I return, I am told we will see the test stands for the V2 rocket motor testing and the facility where the Xerum 525 was processed.  If you are not aware - Xerum 525 was used in 'die Glocke' otherwise known as the 'Nazi Bell', one of the absolutely MOST SECRET items of the Third Reich special weapons.

            I have something to look forward to for next time.

 


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. 

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