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SHARKHUNTERS International
2016 "Southern Patrol"
Concentration Camp Ebensee......
 

 
     

We set out on a drive into Austria and naturally, we must stop to eat along the Autobahn - you KNOW we travel Europe from restaurant to restaurant.  The food is great and the way it is presented is an art form unto itself.  Join us.....and check out the view (below right) we have from the parking lot.  To call it breathtaking just doesn't do it justice!

 
     
 
     
 
     
 

Once we are on the grounds, we see the massive wooden gate (upper left) that once was in the gateway we saw on the main page.  There is also a memorial plaque to the U.S. Army troops who secured this area and we walk through the stone entrance to the memorial grounds.

     
 
     
 
     

Our host, Dr. Quatember, opens the gigantic iron gate to let us into the tunnel and we see the memorial (photo right).

Originally intended to house the rocket production that was to be moved here from Peenemünde, but that plan was abandoned due to the systematic destruction of German production and transport facilities by Allied bombings.

Gasoline production was done in Unit "A" of this facility while tank transmissions were made in tunnels 4 and 5 of Unit "B".

 
     
 
     
 

Above left - how this tunnel looked in the late war years;
Above - how this tunnel looks today;
Left - the foundation for the diesel generating plant;
Below left - an unfinished part of this tunnel;
Below - remains of the stairway to the upper floor.

The machinery, the workers etc. were down on this level while the engineers, technicians etc. had offices on the floor above which was climate controlled for comfort.

     
 
     

HUH?  The officer on the far right of this photo is none other than Obergrupenführer SS Hans Kammler!  This is an incredibly rare photo of this man who, as the third most powerful man in the 3rd Reich, was in charge of all the secret projects.  Here he makes a rare visit to Ebensee and we have him on film.

We remember that he killed himself at the end of the war to keep from giving secrets to the Allies.....or his SS Guard killed him to keep him from........you get the picture.  However, like all the rest from Operation 'Paperclip' Kammler came to the USA.  Our friend CLARK McCLELLAND, Member #7728 met him in the office of Dr. Debus, Chief of NASA where CLARK served 35 years as an engineer.  CLARK also met 'Dr. Grün' there which means 'Dr. Green' and that was the code name for Heinrich 'Gestapo' Müller.

 

Many thanks to our good friend S.E.I.G. Agent PETER PARKER for making these arrangements for us.

Sadly, this is our last day of activities.  Tomorrow we head back to München to catch our flights back home.  This was a great group and we hope our group in 2017 is just as nice.
 

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