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Report - The Colossal Cold War Command Cave Complex - FR '12


Germany is the "wurst"
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The big prize this weekend was the Cold War nuclear command center - built to house 500 persons far underground, to the highest technical specifications of 1950s and 1960s military control and communications technology. It served as a multinational command headquarters for NATO forces, secure deep underground from all but a direct nuclear hit.

After de Gaulle's eviction of NATO in 1967, one of the major French frontier armies took it over, using it as a coordination and communication base well into the 1990s.

It's massive and the pics don't do it justice.


Guard booth at the main personnel entrance


Main electrical distribution center


Power grid control room


Brand new diesels, 4 of them, only a few hours on the clock

Although most of the office equipment and furniture was gone, removed in the site's final shutdown in the 1990s, we still found maps, situation boards, signage, train cars, tractors, machinery galore, and a couple of shiny, barely-used diesels with still nearly full tanks. Motherlode, bitches.

Imagine the bunker from Terminator 3 - basically.


Accommodations - probably NCOs, as enlisted were stacked 12 deep to a room


Commoners to the right


Evacuation path


1930s workplace safety posters were decidedly more stylish


Disposition of Allied forces


Anyone fancy a game of Risk?


Get on with the damn briefing, already


A spot of paint...


Little Red Corvette


Upwards toward the main munitions and vehicle entrance

More, as usual, at kosmograd dot net and, I hope, as soon as he gets his (probably even better and definitely more extensive) pics up, Defender's page.​
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