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SHARKHUNTERS International
2016 "Southern Patrol"
München!

München!  Come with us as we visit this beautiful city; as only Sharkhunters can show it to you.  We begin with background shots as they are called in the trade......
 

 
     
 

   KNIGHT after KNIGHT

This is the city hall of Munich and every day at 11am and at noon, the tower comes to life with a host of life-sized figures of the medieval days that dance, whirl and spin as the music plays.  Then the Bavarian knight comes from one side on his horse in his traditional white and blue armor to fight the knight from some other region - we do not know where but every time the Bavarian knight knocks the other knight off his horse.  Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year and century after century the Bavarian knight always knocks the other knight off his horse.  One might think this other knight would find another hobby rather than getting his butt kicked twice a day every day.

Notice that we said the colors of the Bavarian knight are white and blue - definitely NOT blue and white!  There is so much history here in Munich - join us next time and live it for yourself.

     
 
     

 CAREFUL - DON'T LOOK!

This is still on a building there in Munich but it is okay to look at this emblem now because they have removed the Swastika from it.  As we all know, if you look at the Swastika your brain will melt, you will foam at the mouth then have an almost uncontrollable urge to give all your money to the Spitlickers!  That is a fate worse than death.

Joking aside, it is great they left such beautiful works of art for historians to see.

 
     
 
     
 

These magnificent buildings, built in the time of the Third Reich, are used today by various government agencies.   Just above we see BILL NAPIER, Member #2290-C/LIFE standing by the foundation of one of two temples built under orders of Adolf Hitler.  During the failed 9 November 1923 "Beer Hall Putsch" sixteen followers of Hitler were killed by Bavarian Police and their bodies were kept here lying in state - eight in one temple and eight  in the other temple.  When Germany fell, these temples were destroyed by the Allies and the bodies were taken to graves in another cemetery - allegedly.  The sad fact is that nobody knows where these men are laid to rest.

BILL is a combat veteran of 250 combat patrols while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.  This is his sixth 'Patrol' with Sharkhunters and he said this about his time with us:
     "I want to take from this a true sense of the history of this great country."

The 9 November "Beer Hall Putsch" march began at a place that no longer exists but it ended alongside the Feldherrenhalle as the marchers were confronted by Bavarian Police who had machine guns in addition to their personal arms.  Sixteen of the marchers were killed, Hermann Göring took several bullets in his groin area but escaped, others including Adolf Hitler and General Ludendorf were arrested.  Feldherrenhalle is now just a monument of sorts but magnificently beautiful as we see here.

 
     
 
     
 


After the Third Reich came to full power, anyone walking past the Honors Memorial to the 16 men killed in the confrontation had to render the official salute.  For extra good luck however, one must rub the lion's head on the shield there as we see Sharkhunters President HARRY COOPER, Member #1-LIFE and KRISTIE HERNANDEZ, Member #7799 doing here.

 


Special Building to be sure.  Below is the building that housed the most important government offices of the Third Reich here in Munich.  It is used by the government today as well.  COOPER and KARL YOCHER, Member #7542 slipped away from the group to take these photos.  As they were shooting photos, a nice old man walked by and saw what they were doing.  With a smile and a twinkle in his eye, he said;
       
"Das ist Hitlerbau."     (This is Hitler's Building)
and with a wink, he walked on down the street leaving COOPER and YOCHER to shoot more photos.

 


HOFBRÄUHAUS - One of the most famous places in München

Outside the restaurant there was the obligatory beer wagon and driver in traditional clothing, all for the tourists to pose for a photo in this historic city at this historic restaurant.

 
     
 

Look at the expression on the face of the driver in the above two photos.  He is doing his job but most likely wishing he was somewhere else.

His expression has changed quite a bit for the better in the photo to the left.  It was nice that JEANNIE deGENNARO, Member #8039 could make this guy smile while he was working.


As one would expect during the time of Oktoberfest, this historic place was jammed with people and a long line out the door.  Our guide told us we would have to find another restaurant because the line here would take at least an hour before we could get in.  HARRY COOPER, Member #1-LIFE however, went to a side door and when confronted by a huge bouncer, began to speak in Russian.  The bouncer had no idea what COOPER was saying - COOPER didn't either, but the bouncer brought the group right in and they were immediately seated.
 

 

BILL NAPIER, Member #2290-C/LIFE and KARL YOCHER, Member #7542 look to the camera while VIKTOR HIRSCHMANN, Member #6773-LIFE gets right down to the menu and the reason we are here.

This is the THIRD Sharkhunters 'Patrol' for VIKTOR while the US Marine combat veteran NAPIER is on his SIXTH Sharkhunters 'Patrol'.  KARL says he will be with us next year.  It is also the THIRD for 'TOM' who does not like his photo taken.

Sharkhunters 'Patrols' are unlike any other because of what we see, what we do and who we meet.

     
 

 

The Hofbräuhaus first opened their doors in 1516.  Naturally, much has changed but the atmosphere is definitely traditional German with the fantastic food and the flowing beer.

The artwork on the walls and ceilings is unlike nothing else in the world.  This is a beautiful place and the food is outstanding as well.

 
     
 


............but now it is time to 'walk in the footsteps of history' in this famous restaurant/beer hall
 

 
     
 

The artwork in this huge third floor room is also magnificent, but this is where history was made - this is the room that seats some 800 people and it was in this room that Adolf Hitler made speeches as he climbed to power.  Think back to the newsreels and the newly released DVDs of his speeches - many of them were filmed right in this very room.


Our time in München is coming to an end but tomorrow we are in the very famous city of Nürnberg.  Join us in the 'tunnels of time' as we go back eight decades.
 

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