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German mines in Portugal

Article about: Hi, here are some photos of the german mine located in Rio do Frade, from where they were excavating Volframio for the war effort. In the outskirts almost 3000 people lived there at the time

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    Hi, here are some photos of the german mine located in Rio do Frade, from where they were excavating Volframio for the war effort.
    In the outskirts almost 3000 people lived there at the time, now only about 100 do.
    Mostly the old remain there.
    However they were not alone, the british also were excavating a mine just 5km away.
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    The site today.
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    Looks like a lovely spot Nuno! Notice the reddish brown colouring of the rock in the old tunnel, that's a classic sign for the quartz deposits that contain Wolframite(Tungsten) ore.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Great post Nuno! I could spend days digging through those ruins. You've got a beautifully diverse landscape and endless days of sunshine Nuno. What a lucky man.

    Jay

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    Quote by NunoGTI View Post
    The site today.
    Nice pics. Thanks for posting a bit of WWII history
    Were you able to get any remaining pieces of volframio from locals?

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    Fascinating site and a good report. The sort of site that I just love to poke around.
    "You will never know the whole truth" ~ Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski

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    I had older German friends that had cork forests in portugal. They owned the Benderwerks cork factory in Munich. They made wine and liquor bottle corks.

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