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    from: Denmark: Three German Bunkers Discovered Intact (Mike Delong, US) | Stanford | World Association of International Studies

    Nazi Bunkers

    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.

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

    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 9-year-old boys on holiday with their parents, who then informed the authorities.

    Archaeologists were able to carefully force a way in, 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.

    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. What 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.” He continued, “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.”

    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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    Very interesting can any of our Danish friends provide better photos ??
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    amazing would love to see more pics esp of the items found inside

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    I think somebody has alredy posted pic's of this find a few months ago, i will try and have a look at some post's and see if i can find it,
    cheer's Ronnie

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    Great story and photo's! Thanks!

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    Amazing! Great discovery!

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    YES.GREAT discovery !!!!!

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    Good evening from Spain.
    them abandonment a link of a visit to this Bunker.
    Bunker åbnet

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    Wow imagine being nine years old and finding a lost bunker, that's just the kind of thing I used to dream of as a kid

    Nige
    "Now, I've designed this like a collapsing bag ! "

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