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SHARKHUNTERS International
2016 "Hitler in Argentina"
     Expedition

This will be quite a difficult day as we must drive 700 kilometers.  Okay, so driving 700 Km (450 miles) does not seem like all that much but in heat more than 105║ and on roads that sometimes appear as if the farmer is almost ready to plant soy beans on what passes as a road.........this is a tough day.  Come along with us as we cross a very modern bridge from Uruguay back into Argentina.

 
That's the bridge in the distance   Note all the suggestions posted on the power poles
     
 


Onward we go into "TBA"............

 

For the next several days we will be operating in what is known as TBA which means the Tri Border Area.  This was a great place for anyone wanting to remain safe in those days and years after the end of World War Two.

We do not see Uruguay on this map as it is far to the south of this area.  We crossed the Uruguay River on the bridge we see in the four photos above then drove northward through Argentina (the grey area on this map) to the area near San Ignacio.

The long grey finger is the northeastern part of Argentina.  To the north and west of this part of Argentina is Paraguay seen outlined in yellow while to the north and east is Brazil.  The distance from one country to another is minimal at best, making it quite simple to just change countries and friendly governments in an hour or less if danger threatened.  In some places of refuge in Argentina (under Pero˝) we look across the river to the shores of Paraguay (under Str÷sner) both dictators and both countries being friendly to those of the Third Reich and to the east nearby is Brazil, also friendly and incredibly remote at this moment in history.

You will want to refer to this map for the next few days.

 


This is being posted on 17 March 2016 - St. Patrick's Day and even though corned beef is a standard for this day, it is not the reason we are posting this group of photos.

Our first stop was not all that far into Argentina after crossing the Rio Uruguay was Pueblo Liebig, famous for its corned beef.  It is said that they provided tremendous quantities of this staple to the British Army in both World Wars.

We stopped at the busy Tourist Office here in Pueblo Liebig - you can see how busy they are.  The woman in charge is sitting outside in the shade with her young daughter - and it isn't even siesta time yet but it is about 105║ and there is no air conditioning in the tourist office.  We went inside and she answered all our questions - but photography inside was forbidden!  Why?  I didn't see anything that looked particularly secret or even interesting.

As we see in our photos, the place is closed down now - but............

 
     
 

Yep - the place looks really out of business.....

 

.....but why is there a guard at the gate?

     
 

Certainly LOOKS closed down.....

 

.....but why were we told NO PHOTOS?

     
 
If the place is closed down; why
1.  is there a modern truck here with the engine running?
2.  do we hear machinery noises coming from buildings?
  If the place is closed down, why is this sign
and the entrance area so well kept?


There might be a simple answer to these questions but I am sure it has nothing to do with the war or of escaping Third Reich people.  Martin suggested that since this facility sits on the banks of the river and the presence of guards and photography forbidden policy, there probably is something illegal going on.  What was it?  Since it had nothing to do with World War Two history and since Martin suggested it might have to do with the narcotics smuggling in the area and since neither of us wanted to be killed - we left the factory.  As previously stated - I think of myself as brave; not stupid!

 

We visit the memorial plaque to Baron Justus von Liebig and the children's park named for him, then we depart this unusual and very unique place and headed for..........Bavaria?  Driving down mile after boring mile of Argentine highway we suddenly see this pop up in the middle of nowhere.  HUH?

 

In this desolate place?  The kids.....

 

.....the Valkyrie?  We HAD to stop here!

     
 

No, we are not in Bavaria.....

 

.....I checked the map.

     
 

Looks like they have plenty of beer.....

 

.....and wine.  They never run out.

     

So how does one explain such a place along a remote section of Argentine highway, far away from anything?

We do not try to explain it at all.........just have a great lunch of ham and cheese sandwiches.

We must travel a great distance and the sun is casting long shadows so we said goodbye to this fascinating place and continued on up the highway.

 

 

 

Yippee-Yappee

Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day.  We have much ground to cover and as you will see, probably the toughest days of this expedition are ahead.

This is little village of Yapeyu and although I pronounced it 'Yippee-Yappee' Martin gave me the correct pronunciation of 'SHAP-ah-shoo' in Argentine Spanish.  Found a great place for the evening and we each had an entire bungalow.  Must be family oriented as each bungalow had a master bedroom with double bed, closet etc. plus four single beds in the outer room as we see here.  I did have to share my shower with a long handled squeegee...

What is so important to we historians is the fact that we are looking across the river at the shore of Paraguay.  How simple was it back in those days to zip across the river if danger threatened?  It was really simple.

     
 
     
 

No worries about the mosquitoes that carry Zika and Dengues viruses in this area.  We are told that the affected area is a couple hundred miles north.....right where we are going!  We also learned that the affected mosquitoes carried both of these viruses but also Yellow Fever as well.  The Chamber of Commerce doesn't put that on the travel brochures.

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