Bunkers Found

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  1. comiso90

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    Sea unearths secret Nazi bunkers that lay hidden for more than 50 years | Mail Online

    Three Nazi bunkers on a beach have been uncovered by violent storms off the Danish coast, providing a store of material for history buffs and military archaeologists.

    The bunkers were found in practically the same condition as they were on the day the last Nazi soldiers left them, down to the tobacco in one trooper‘s pipe and a half-finished bottle of schnapps.

    Enlarge This bunker was entombed under the sand dunes until a violent storm swept away the sands three months ago

    This bunker was entombed under the sand dunes until a violent storm swept away the sands three months ago
    Enlarge The bunkers had not been touched since the war

    The bunkers had not been touched since the war

    The bunkers were three of 7,000 built by the Germans as part of Hitler's ‘Atlantic Wall‘ from Norway to the south of France.

    But while the vast majority were almost immediately looted or destroyed, these three were entombed under the sand dunes of a remote beach near the town of Houvig since 1945.

    They were uncovered only because recent storms sent giant waves cascading over them, sweeping away the sand and exposing glimpses of the cement and iron structures.

    They were located by two nine-year-old boys on holiday with their parents, who then informed the authorities.

    Archaeologists were able to carefully force a way, and were astounded at what they found.

    'What's so fantastic is that we found them completely furnished with beds, 'chairs, tables, communication systems and the personal effects of the soldiers who lived inside,' says Jens Andersen, the curator of the Hanstholm museum.

    Enlarge Expert Tommy Cassoe: 'It was as if the Nazis had just left yesterday'

    Expert Tommy Cassoe: 'It was as if the Nazis had just left yesterday'

    The discovery of the fully-furnished bunkers was "unique in Europe," said Bent Anthonisen, a Danish expert on European bunkers.

    And a third expert, Tommy Cassoe, enthused: "It was like entering the heart of a pyramid with mummies all around. Wat I saw blew me away: it was as if the German soldiers had left only yesterday."

    The team working with Cassoe emptied the structures within a few days of boots, undergarments, socks, military stripes, mustard and aquavit bottles, books, inkpots, stamps featuring Hitler, medicines, soda bottles, keys, hammers and other objects.

    All of the objects from the shelters have been taken to the conservation centre at Oelgod museum, some 20 miles from the beach to be examined.

    The centre's German curator, Gert Nebrich, judged the find 'very interesting because it is so rare.'

    '"We don't expect contemporary objects like these to be so well preserved. Maybe it's because they were kept for 60 years in the cold and dark like in a big vacuum," he says, carefully showing four stamps featuring Hitler's image and the German eagle, found in one bunker.

    The Germans left the bunkers in May 1945 after the Nazi surrender.

    Historical records show that Gerhard Saalfed was a 17-year-old soldier with the German army when he arrived at the bunker in January 1945.

    Germany surrendered on May 8 1945, but it wasn‘t until two days later that he and his fellow soldiers left their remote station.

    They shut the steel doors of the bunker behind them on their remote beach and went to the nearest town ten miles away to surrender.

    'The remote location of the bunkers and the drifting sands that covered them saved them from being ransacked,“ said Cassoe.
     

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  2. Matt308

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    Incredible. I would love to know the defensive positions and the lines of fire. Bunkers have always amazed me.
     
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    and the armament.. it looks big enough for artillery but perhaps it was never installed. Too bad there wasn't an 88 siting n there.

    Imagine those guys walking the 10 miles back to town... amazing they didnt get jumped.


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    Very cool! Love stuff like that!

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    Nice find Comiso
     
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    Wonder if the auqavit was still good?
     
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    You should come here to Hoek van Holland, we have tons of the stuf. Mostly free to walk into, but take your torch.
     
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    Cool stuff...! 8)
     
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    Anything with "Secret Nazi" in front of it sounds cool...

    Secret Nazi Peanut Butter

    Secret Nazi door knob

    Secret Nazi wood screw

    Secret Nazi coat hanger

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    Very cool! I wish I could find some of these things. I am still waiting for the waters to reside from the bunkers near my house so I can go and explore in them.
     
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    As I said, you're welcome to come here, see the Atlantic wall leftovers in Hoek van Holland. Dumb movie, but gives you a clue:

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkobrZ-HmnU

    3 weeks ago, I visited a band who practised in one of the ammunition bunkers. Very convenient, no sound to hear outside.
     
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    I might have to do that.
     
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    Cool find. It is amazing to think that no-one has found it over the past 63 years.
     
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    Amazing find.
     
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    I thought that was effing funny. Keep 'em coming Comiso. At least I'm listening. :lol:
     
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    Oh and by the way, the "secret Nazi wood screw" sounds intriguing. Bastogne perhaps?
     
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    'Nuts"!

    Even "Secret Nazi Herpes" or Secret Nazi Colonoscopy" sounds cool!


    Thanks Matt!
     
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    Don't forget the Holy Grail of Nazi finds: the Secret Nazi Hair Gel and Styling Shampoo. Hitler's favorite! Buy yours today!


    ...and for the record, that's one frikkin cool story, Comiso! I'd LOVE to wander down the beach and run across something like that some day. Got a chance to explore some US bunkers once on Oahu. They were looted and grafitti'd pretty badly, but still had the .50cal mounts (big hollow steel tube concreted into the floor), and the compass-strip (for lack of better terms) mounted in the wall. It was calibrated to true north, and had every visible angle marked, not just the main angles. They could radio in on some poor schmuck trotting up the beach at 193.5 degrees and get him an express-mail arty shell, delivered right to his lap, courtesy of the good ole US of A. :occasion5: Unfortunately, at the time, I didn't have an interest in history.
     
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    When I was 7 I found a "Secret Nazi" Anti-invasion spike on a German beach...

    By impaling my foot with it.... OW!

    Too bad my parents didn't keep it as a souvenir....
     
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    But you kept the souvenir.........the nice scar on your foot.
     
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