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Report - Bunker? I hardly even knower....DE, Jan 2012



johnsalomon

Germany is the "wurst"
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I-got-there-first-but-Defender-got-here-first :D :D :D

This one courtesy of my kind associate D who was nice enough to take me along on a very, very muddy and wet tour of a World War 2 industrial bunker built by German steel firm Krupp, to protect electrical equipment from Allied bombs.

The bunker is a large ferroconcrete caisson inside an old vaulted brick underground hall. Currently, there's not much left aboveground except for a few halls that have been turned into concert halls (with a really bizarre fucking acoustic layout that plays some sort of apocalyptic neo-opera outside - interesting, when you're walking past it at night, in the pouring rain).

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The whole area is a mixture of reclaimed land and industrial wasteland, with the latter rapidly giving way to the former. Evidence to the fact that you never know what you'll find in absurd places, a manhole hidden in a soggy field somewhere brings you down a couple of slimy, narrow hole (so's yermom) to a series of large spaces below the earth.

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Several rooms of this former steel mill's electrical plant, finally closed around 1986, still bear their original World War II "decorations", something that caused the history geek in me to nearly shit bricks when I found the beautifully intact markings.

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There's almost no graffiti, and it's a huge shame that the whole thing is slated for filling in with concrete in a few months' time.


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More, as always, at kosmograd dot net
 

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