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SHARKHUNTERS International
2017 "Southern Patrol"

On the trail of 3rd Reich World War Two History
BUNKERS and VETERANS - TOP SECRET!

Our good friend Michael in Krumpendorf told us about this bunker complex and we had a great visit.  This was a top secret bunker complex during the Cold War but since there is no Cold War any longer, the entire complex was taken over by the former commander, Oberst Andreas Scherer and we were his guests.  Follow along in photos here without descriptions for many photos, as they are obvious in most cases.

 

Left - this really needs no description and one must wonder why the US Army is still in places like Germany and Austria as well as Japan etc.

Below left - YEVGENIY is getting into the mood as his father, Georgi looks on.  They are the first Russians to come along on any of our Patrols.

Directly below - the equipment room at the entrance.

     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     

This tunnel and bunker system goes for miles it seems, both in the 'rabbit warren' camouflaged and fortified trenches above ground but also deep in the mountain.

Photo right - down we go, deep into the mountain.

Below right - it is cold and damp down here, so the soldiers could light a small stove in most of the rooms.

 

 
     
 
     
 

     

Above left - if you need fresh air, merely turn the crank and you have it.  I cranked the handle and it still works.

Above right - storage shelves for equipment.

Right - Come on; you really don't need to be told what this is.

Both below - hardened command center.

 
     

 

     
 
     
 

Both above, left and both below - down, down, down - deeper and deeper into the mountain.

This is one massive fortification, all built to defend against an invasion by the Soviet Union.  The Soviets had similar bunker installations on the other side to defend against an invasion by NATO......did anyone really plan to invade anybody?

     
 


Now we wander through more and more of this installation, looking at the weaponry in the bunker then we go out from a different entrance, a long way from our entry point, and see more weaponry there.....then we risk life and limb here.
 

 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 

Left - up to a machine gun post.

Both below - more ready compartments.

     
 
     

The light at the end of the tunnel, but at a different level and on the other side of the mountain.

Below left - out the door!

Below right - and into more "rabbit warren" trenches overlooking more weaponry.

 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 


"Volunteers - take one step forward!"  How many times had I heard my old sergeant bellow out that order; but now it was a bit more interesting.  We four victims.......sorry, I mean 'volunteers' were ready to board the APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) and ride with 'Kamikaze Karl' across the Austrian mountainside.

 
     

Both above - our ride, outside (left) and inside (right).

Photo right - the four 'volunteers'.

Below left - final farewell?

Below right - 'Kamikaze Karl' at the controls.  This was one hell of a ride; not quite like the superspeedways I used to travel at 190mph, but this certainly was wilder.  I'll do it again when we return next year in 2018 - will you?

 
     
 
     
 
     
COOPER with Oberst Scherer.  He appeared pleased
that we returned alive from the APC ride; I sure was.

Joking aside - this was a fun part of a great day.
  Apparently someone forgot to relieve
this sentry and he has pretty well
starved and shrunk to a skeleton.


Now we go on to our always great fellowship visit with the veterans at a dinner.  For various reasons, we do not post very many photos here, although we took a lot of pix.  YEVGENIY is a Russian and he has great respect for these tough combat veterans.  He had always dreamed of meeting veterans of the Waffen SS and he had a great evening meeting many.  As we have always said:
    
"Yesterday's Enemies are Today's Friends"

Of course, there is the annual photo of me and my 'girlfriend' Herta.  She is a sweet lady - and always manages to slip a couple small bottles of schnapps to me.
 

 
     
 


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