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Report - Valentin U-Boot Bunker 21 Oct 08

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  1. Timuth

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    I managed to gain access via an organised trip, as the bunker is also a German Navy store. Most of the building is out of bounds mainly due to health and saftey! :crazy

    In October 1943 the Third Reich civil and military engineering group ‘Organisation Todt’ began building the Valentin U-boat bunker, in a small place called Farge, North of Bremen.
    A camp was set up around the area where the bunker was to be built and the approximately ten thousand POWs, concentration camp prisoners and general forced labourers were accommodated here whilst they built Valentin. Needless to say conditions in the camp were extremely poor, with about four thousand workers losing their lives.
    The aim was to be able to build 14 type XXI U-Boats at the Valentin bunker a month.
    During the war the building site was bombed on several occasions and on 27th March 1945 it took its heaviest attack by British Lancaster Bombers using Tallboy and Grand Slam bombs. By the end of the war Valentin was still only 90% completed.
    The bunker continued to be used after the war but by English and American forces as a site to test bombs. In 1965 the front section of the bunker became a storage depot for the German Navy.

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