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SHARKHUNTERS International
2017 "Southern Patrol"

On the trail of 3rd Reich World War Two History

We begin with a visit to the Party Rally Grounds

 
     

We begin at Zeppelnfeld, the place where the huge rallies were held in the 1930's.  The photo directly above shows what it was like in those days.

Upper right - We are standing on the speaker's podium to shoot this and those white stone structures all along the treeline served a dual purpose.  First; they were the base of the searchlights that formed a "light temple" at night, reaching a mile or more into the night sky.  Second; they drank a lot of beer.....these were toilets.

Photo right - Our good friend HOLGER WINEBERGER, Member #7589 and HARRY COOPER, Member #1-LIFE on the speaker's podium with those white stone structures in the background.

 
     
 

CAROLE ANN SCANLAN, Member #8139 by the uppermost doors at the stadium.  Only Adolf Hitler was allowed to pass through these huge bronze doors and they remain locked today.

 

     

Across the beautiful reflecting lake from the rally grounds stands the remains of the Congressehalle where plans were to house many government agencies.  Construction was halted due to wartime shortages of manpower and material.

On our way to the Congressehalle we pass these impressive buildings in the four photos below.  This was the home of the 1st SS Division, the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Division.

 
     
 
     
 
     
 

Photo left - this is what the Congressehalle would have looked like if it had been completed.

Both below - One major part of the facade was completed and here we see the entrance to Adolf Hitler's personal apartments which he would use only when he was in Nürnberg.

     
 
     

We visit the Luftwaffe Memorial and if you use your imagination just a little bit, you will that this looks like a crashed airplane.  On one "wing" it remembers those who died in the First World War and on the other it remembers those from the Second World War.

 

This has been a busy morning so let's stop for lunch.
 

 
     

Both above, to the right and both below - this is the so-called "Hitler's Train Station".  In former times this was an active train station.  It was directly behind the back of the stadium and when he was going to appear and make a speech, Hitler would get off his train at this station, walk across a short parking lot and into the back door of the stadium.

Trains still come rumbling past, but they no longer stop here as this has been deactivated as a train station but is now a really nice restaurant, and so we stop for a great lunch.

 
     
 

.....onward to the caste!
 

On we go to the beautiful Nürnberg Castle, which is actually three castles joined on the hilltop.  One is that of the area Count, one is that of the local knight and the third is that of the emperor.  That one was always empty because the emperor did not reside here, but when he came to town, the locals had to move their beds, tables, chairs etc. into the castle for the emperor.  Furthermore, they had to provide his food as well.  In those days, it was good to be the king!

We were treated to something special here.  Apparently there was a kindergarten class re-living their heritage of past centuries as 'Lords and Ladies' and maybe even a jester and several knights followed their teacher through this history.

 
     
 
     
 

We wrap up this day with a sumptuous meal of the famed Nürnberger sausages.  You can buy them anywhere in the world, but they are all cooked here in this restaurant and shipped out.  This restaurant was in business before Christopher Columbus was ever born!  They opened in the early 1400's.
 

 
     
 

These are tasty sausages; about the size of the average little finger but they are really rich.  They are served six on a plate and most folks cannot eat more than six.  A few can eat twelve.  We have a Sharkhunters contest.  The Member who can top the current Sharkhunters record will have their entire meal paid for by Sharkhunters.  The current record was set by STEVE RIHA, Member #2937 some years ago at 42 sausages, plus German potato salad.  Furthermore - when he finished these seven plates of sausage and potato salad - he enjoyed a huge ice cream sundae!  Thus far, no Member has even tried to beat that record but the offer still stands; if you beat BIG STEVE's record of 42, Sharkhunters will pay for your meal and yes, even the ice cream sundae.

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