GES118 - Wünsdorf Nazi & Soviet Base
After emerging from a sleeping bag in the back of a sizeable French manufactured car, my eyes adjusted to the smart but basic looking apartment blocks built across the street. I'd driven here last night, and parked up in what I hoped was a quiet spot for some sleep. Folding down the seats in the back for some instant cheap bed action. The next morning my impressive high technology £10 digital watch woke me at dawn with delightful tones, 'bleep bleep, bleep bleep.' I got up and pulled on my boots and shoved my toothbrush across my teeth. A hardened Guerrilla explorer should not neglect the raging battle against plaque.
I crossed the soaking dew clad grass scrubland to the fence, and proceeded to walk along it's length hoping for a suitable spot to pop over. The houses opposite provided a fairly clear view. Eventually the fence entered woodland, and my opportunity arose. My dew drenched legs flapped over a wall, and I was in without mishap on the bedraggled barbed wire. I wasn't too sure of the layout, but figured if I walked around i'd find something. As it turned out, there are two sections to the site. The Nazi Wünsdorf base, and then surrounding two sides of that is a Soviet base built around it. Mostly in the woods with a sizeable clearing. I explored the Soviet base first.
The first thing I came across was this bunker with a hatch on top, that sat in a bend on the road I was following.
On further investigation, it turned out to lead into a shoot into a larger bunker underground. You can just see daylight from the hatch in the roof by the ladder.
Inside the main room in the bunker. No real signs of it's use or current purpose.
Outside the other end of the bunker lead to a rounded tunnel that provided disabled access to the bunker, rather than descending a rusty ladder.
The entrance to the bunker seen above.
Across the way from the bunker above, was a lower section with various entrances and buildings. This locked door gave access to another bunker, with Soviet cyrillic on the door.
Further into the woods and various drain lids, vents and such like popped up. There were also some of these raised concrete blocks with vents inside a mesh fence. I poked around inside, but little of interest.
More of the above vent blocks dotted around this section of the site.
On one of the main roads of the site was this large bunker, all sealed up. The portaloo after thorough and detailed investigation, turned out to be neither Soviet or Nazi in origin. Most frustrating.
Another bunker in the woods, can't have enough bunker shots as my late grandfather used to say.
Soviet garage spaces. These were opposite rough off-road tracks in the woods, so likely held quad bikes or motorbikes.
Continuing around the site I came to an area with a few barrack blocks.
Drying room (?) inside a barracks block. Most of the blocks had at least one.
As with other similar Soviet places, lots of pictures of pleasing scenery are pasted up in communal areas. This looked like a canteen area.
Secure room in a barracks block. Possibly an armoury or payroll room.
Soviet wallpaper methods, newspaper first, and then blank wallpaper pasted over the top. The dominant Cyrillic word (правда) on the newspaper is Pravda (Truth) in Latin Script. The only Soviet press agency of the times, and somewhat tellingly, still the main one today.
BOEHHAЯ ПOЧTA - Military Mail. Notice board in a barracks.
At the back of the barracks area, on the edge of the tree line was an area for livestock, presumably Pigs.
I walked back towards the Nazi section of the base, and crossed an exposed road. The whole Nazi section was fenced off (as per the start of my trip above). There also appeared to be a tour group going through as I attempted to climb a fence. I legged it up the road and walked around the top of the fence, hoping my German counterparts might have made access easier for me. Fortunately they did, a dart through a hole, and I was in the Nazi section. The first structure I confronted was this behemoth below. A huge arched bunker, with thick reinforced concrete. I climbed down the slope to investigate.
I walked in and it had the feel of not being completed, exposed brick work and no real signs of use for the rooms. As I went upstairs I realised I wasn't alone, there were lots of bats there. I only saw one or two, but signs were everywhere of their existence. Shot from the upper floor.
Moving on I came to one of the huge reinforced concrete bunker buildings. It looked like it had been packed with dynamite and blown up. The resulting explosion must have been massive to lift so much concrete into the air.
The twisted wreckage inside one of the bunker buildings.
Another of the bunker structures blown to pieces but externally still in tact.
An admin building mostly in tact near the bunkers. It's constructed over different heights, hence windows at ground level.
A crumbling corridor in the above admin building.
Just up from the admin building, was a sauna house. It had a changing room, and then this plunge pool with murals on the walls.
I have no idea what this is supposed to represent or depict. It's on the wall next to the camera in the above shot, inside the sauna block.
The well maintained path, plastic red & white chain roping of f the bunkers, and previous tour group, made me think that tours were given here. I know, I am something of a genius at deduction. This one was close to the entrance, a few metres to the left of camera.
What looks like relatively (and I stress relatively) in tact front view of this bunker. Gives one an idea of what it once looked like.
However the inside is still fooked.
And with that I retraced my steps and made my exit. Ready to go on to the next target in the abandoned military wunderland around Berlin.