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SHARKHUNTERS International
2016 "Southern Patrol"
Bunkers! Tunnels! Pure History!
 

 
     

The car in the photo above has absolutely nothing to do with our 'Patrol' but it is rare and unique, so we posted the photo.  It is called a 'Trabant' and they were produced in East Germany during the times of the Soviet Union.  They were cheap and easy to maintain as there are only something like 9 moving parts in the engine.

We are at the coal bunkers and as we see above right, the sign says 'Sharkhunters Welcome Here'......well, that's what we think it says.  These gigantic bunkers are constructed in such a way that trucks on the road above would dump their loads of coal into the top of the bunkers and when the homes, offices etc. in this area needed coal for their furnaces, trucks would back in and a chute above was opened for the coal to go into the trucks.  It was rumored that in the last portal, there was a door at the back that led into the tunnel complex so we slid over the debris and entered the bunker and sure enough - there was the door!  But it was welded shut - bummer!  The photo below is in a different portal - and that door is shut too.  Something seems really unfair about that....

 
     
 
     
 


Kehlsteinhaus - better known as 'Eagle's Nest'

 

KRISTIE HERNANDEZ, Member #7799 takes one last photo before we board the special busses that take us literally a mile in the sky.  When we get off the bus, we enter the tunnel below left and go down a very long hallway to the elevator.  This is the very same tunnel and the very same elevator that Hitler, his guests and world leaders used when visiting the Eagle's Nest.
 

     
 
     
 
     

In the two photos above we are in the highly polished brass walls of the elevator that takes us more than 400 meters even higher!  The Kehlstein road and the house were built under orders of Martin Bormann for Hitler's birthday.

Sometimes we are here and the sun beats down us like summertime; other times there are three inches of snow.  Today it is cold - in the low twenties and there are little spots of snow hitting us so we take a nice look around at the sights from up here.

 
     
 
The village of Berchtesgaden is literally a mile below   Far below and miles in the distance is the beautiful Königsee.
It means 'King's Lake' and we go there in a day or two.
     
 
If you look closely, you can see the rainbow   Some of our group go higher yet, into the mists, to
visit the memorial to all those who fell in battle
     
 
The first thing that meets your eye is the fireplace
made of red Italian marble, a gift from Mussolini
  This is at the back of the fireplace - the actual fireplace
that warmed those of more than seven decades ago
     
 
We are seated in the very room where.....
Okay, you know where we are going with this
  Roast pork with heave brown gravy and spätzle,
the wonderful little egg noodles....great food!


The "Kampfhaus"
Adolf Hitler had been writing his book "MEIN KAMPF" (my struggle) during his time in prison and when he and Rudolf Hess were released, he rented a small cottage on the Obersalzberg and the book was finished here.  Since he finished writing "MEIN KAMPF" here, the cottage was dubbed the Kampfhaus or the house in which the book was finished.  Nothing remains of the cottage except the foundation and it is amazing that even this has not been destroyed as it is only about 25 meters off a well traveled road.....but it is in the dense woods, so perhaps that has preserved it.

 
     
 

An earlier visitor had placed memorial candles here (above left) but the rain had extinguished the flame so KARL dutifully drained out the water and lit the candles again.

Below are random photos of this place and some of our Members.

     
 
     
 
     
Perhaps the remains of the foundation
are best seen in this shot
 


It was late and the sun already down when we visited the quaint old village of Berchtesgaden for the evening.  Our first point of call is the old cemetery with so many sad memories.

 

The most visible part of the cemetery is the grave of Dietrich Eckart, one of the founders of the NSDAP.  It is said that he was an important mentor to Adolf Hitler.  His grave is well kept and as we see here, there are always memorial candles burning here.

Both photos below - this is fairly new in this cemetery; photos and memories of sons who did not return from far-away lands.

     
 
     
 

When the young soldiers of this area were getting ready to ship out to places unknown, they would gather at this fountain for a group photo then went into this building for a final evening of drinks and fellowship.  Then they shipped out - and a great many never returned to their homes, leaving grieving families to mourn for them.
 

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