August 30, 2015

Nuclear Weapons Depot S.

This is not a "real" nuclear weapons depot, since there were no actual nuclear warheads stored here.
Nonetheless, this depot was an important part of NATO's strategy of building a line of nuclear deterrents across Europe.
There were three nuclear weapons depots in the northernmost German state; two of those were used to store the actual warheads (one is now being used as storage by local farmers, and a gallery from my visits to the other one can be found here) and this one was used to store the rocket engines that were to propel the warheads onto Soviet airspace in case of nuclear war.
Germany never was a nuclear poswer itself (although some theories and rumors exist that the Nazis had conducted nuclear tests by the end of World War II), but it played an important part in the NATO's nuclear strategy.
So, American-built nuclear warheads and rockets were stored in Germany which were to be launched using German carrier systems.

As I've said, this depot was used for storing engines for nuclear missiles during the Cold War.
Much of the area has been tunred into a wind farm, and the remains of the depot are merely a depot for thrash by now...

For more photos, please visit my website.

August 25, 2015

HAWK-Missile Launch Site G.

Since our tour to the North Frisian farm house brought us to that particular area in Northern Germany, of course we decided to check out a couple of other locations while we were there.

The next stop was a typical relic from the Cold War - an abandoned HAWK-Missile launch site.
These weapon systems have had a long history in the defense network of the Western Allies against the Soviet threat at the time.

To react to the changing threats in the cold war due to the introduction of supersonic jets to various air forces, it was decided at the beginning of the 1960s, that the German Bundeswehr was to be equipped with US-produced Anti-Aircraft Missile Systems wich should substitute the greatly overchallenged older tube artillery.

To combat targets in high altitudes (mainly bombers), the Nike Ajax (later Nike Hercules) system was chosen; the mid- and low-altitude range was to be coverd by the HAWK system... [more]

For more information about the history of the HAWK-system in Germany and more photos from this location, please visit my website.

August 11, 2015

North-Frisian Farm House [Revisit]

About ten weeks after my first visit to the abandoned farm house together with my wife and my mother-in-law, my friend Nordgriller and I decided to pay another visit to this beautiful place as part of a tour along the west coast of Northern Germany. On that particular tour, we also visited an abandoned HAWK site as well as a Special Ammunition Site (a nuclear weapons depot) - so more posts about this particular tour will follow.

It was the first location of the day, and the drive across the beautiful Northern German countryside on a sunny Sunday morning at the beginning of march was fairly uneventful, as was the way onto the site of our location.
Once there, we unpacked our stuff, smoked a cigarette and waited for three more guys that wanted to go on the tour with us.
As soon as they arrived, we made our way into the house, wich was easy because the back door was still unlocked and open wide.
We found that everything was in exactly the same spot and condition as almost three months earlier. It seemed as though no one had been there in the time since. I know that this was not the case because I know of other people who had visited the place in the past - but I was really happy to find everything in its place. It showed me that there are still some people who treat the locations with the proper respect and that are true to the ideals of the hobby!

But before I get too carried away, I'll show you some of the photos I took there that day.
As always, please visit my website for more!

Oh, an important information about the location that I got just a couple of days ago: Apparently all the access ways have been sealed and there is no way to get in.

August 3, 2015

Soviet Garrison H. [Revisit]

After our somewhat disappointing exploration of the abandoned railyard, my friend Nordgriller Urbex and I still had some time left before we had to head home, and the soviet garrison happened to be pretty nearby.
I really did like it the first time I was there and after it had been raining most of the day, the sun had finally decided to come out for the late afternoon, so we were eager to go on one more exploration.
So we made the short drive to the garrison, and were able to take the same way in that I had taken the first time around.
Almost nothing had changed since more than a year ago - with one exception: The pile of ammunition we had found in the basement had vanished save for a couple of empty shells. Either someone had informed the authorities about an improbable but possible threat from old ammunition or, more likely since there still were some left, some "collector" added them to his collection...

For more photos from this abandoned soviet garrison, please visit my website!

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