Jump to content


Photo
- - - - -

Berliner Schloss - WW2 Bunker

berlin

  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 Paul Reed

Paul Reed

    Ubique

  • Super Moderators
  • 6,521 posts
  • LocationUK/France

Posted 30 October 2011 - 05:40 PM

I spent a happy hour watching the archaeology going on at the site of the Berliner Schloss in central Berlin last week. The Schloss is to rise again and there is a major archaelogical project going on while this happens. It is all on display for people to see, and typical of Berlin, there are regular free tours.

Unfortunately these were not on during the days I was in Berlin, but I noticed a group busily working away on this (below), which to me looks like a WW2 bunker. Were there air-raid shelters under the Schloss?

I've looked online and can't see any reports. Your thoughts welcome.

Posted Image
  • 0





 

"The only way you get out of infantry is on a stretcher or six feet under..."

Battlefields of WW2
: The Guide to visiting WW2 Battlefields.

www.ww2battlefields.com


#2 Gage

Gage

    Moderator

  • Super Moderators
  • 3,653 posts
  • LocationLincolnshire

Posted 30 October 2011 - 05:57 PM

I have no info, Paul. But the thickness of the reinforced concrete is staggering.
  • 0

'There I stood at the bar, wearing a Mae West, no jacket, and beginning to leak blood from my torn boot. None of the golfers took any notice of me - after all, I wasn't a member!' Kenneth Lee - after being shot down on the 18th August 1940.

Andree Borrel (Denise) SOE

♫ Now wicked tongues can speak and rewrite history But you can't keep the truth contained And like the song was sung Realize we're one and we're here to stay 


#3 Paul Reed

Paul Reed

    Ubique

  • Super Moderators
  • 6,521 posts
  • LocationUK/France

Posted 30 October 2011 - 06:06 PM

A slightly wider shot.

Posted Image
  • 0





 

"The only way you get out of infantry is on a stretcher or six feet under..."

Battlefields of WW2
: The Guide to visiting WW2 Battlefields.

www.ww2battlefields.com


#4 Smudger Jnr

Smudger Jnr

    Our Man in Berlin

  • Registered Users
  • 9,171 posts
  • LocationBerlin, Germany.

Posted 30 October 2011 - 06:29 PM

Paul,

I have no knowledge of WW2 Bunkers under the Schloss.

It was demolished by the Soviets after the war and they built the Palace of the Republic there which was their Party showpiece.

A massive steel and concrete structure which was recently demolished, but was used to house the Chinese Terrecotta Army exhibit here in Berlin, when I visited it a few years ago.

I can only thing that the concrete was part of the foundations, but I will ask around.

Regards
Tom
  • 0
Reconnaissance Corps - Only the enemy in front.

#5 Paul Reed

Paul Reed

    Ubique

  • Super Moderators
  • 6,521 posts
  • LocationUK/France

Posted 30 October 2011 - 06:39 PM

Tom, I initially thought that too, but where this is was under the car park for the Palace of the Republic.
  • 0





 

"The only way you get out of infantry is on a stretcher or six feet under..."

Battlefields of WW2
: The Guide to visiting WW2 Battlefields.

www.ww2battlefields.com


#6 Smudger Jnr

Smudger Jnr

    Our Man in Berlin

  • Registered Users
  • 9,171 posts
  • LocationBerlin, Germany.

Posted 30 October 2011 - 06:46 PM

Paul,

I will ask our veterans on Wednesday morning at the Legion.
Perhaps we may get a difinitive answer.

Regards
Tom
  • 0
Reconnaissance Corps - Only the enemy in front.

#7 Paul Reed

Paul Reed

    Ubique

  • Super Moderators
  • 6,521 posts
  • LocationUK/France

Posted 30 October 2011 - 06:50 PM

Thanks - look forward to it!

I presume nothing in the Berlin papers about it?
  • 0





 

"The only way you get out of infantry is on a stretcher or six feet under..."

Battlefields of WW2
: The Guide to visiting WW2 Battlefields.

www.ww2battlefields.com


#8 canuck

canuck

    Token Colonial

  • Registered Users
  • 2,514 posts

Posted 31 October 2011 - 03:58 AM

Great photo Paul

That reinforced concrete looks to be approx. 7 ft thick which seems far more than required for building support. The roof of the Fuehrer Bunker was a little over 11 ft. thick and the Reichs Chancellery bunker only 5 ft.

It makes one think that the production of concrete in the Third Reich must have been equally as lucrative as arms production.
  • 0

“Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.” – Steven Wright.


#9 Smudger Jnr

Smudger Jnr

    Our Man in Berlin

  • Registered Users
  • 9,171 posts
  • LocationBerlin, Germany.

Posted 31 October 2011 - 02:17 PM

Thanks - look forward to it!

I presume nothing in the Berlin papers about it?


Paul,

Certainly nothing in the Berliner Morganpost that is delivered to our house.

Months ago there was a large piece about the old cellars found that date back to the middle ages apparently.

Regards
Tom
  • 0
Reconnaissance Corps - Only the enemy in front.

#10 Smudger Jnr

Smudger Jnr

    Our Man in Berlin

  • Registered Users
  • 9,171 posts
  • LocationBerlin, Germany.

Posted 31 October 2011 - 03:40 PM

Paul,

This is a good site about the history of the StadtSchloss in Berlin.

Short architectural history | Schloss Berlin | Wiederaufbau Stadtschloss Berlin

Although I can find nothing regarding WW2 bunkers in the area, I was wondering if what you photographs was perhaps part of a DDR Cold war Bunker designed for the High Ranking Party members should the bomb be dropped.

Just a thought.

Regards
Tom
  • 0
Reconnaissance Corps - Only the enemy in front.

#11 Paul Reed

Paul Reed

    Ubique

  • Super Moderators
  • 6,521 posts
  • LocationUK/France

Posted 31 October 2011 - 04:29 PM

Could be! Will just have to go back for the tour which takes place every Friday to find out more!!
  • 0





 

"The only way you get out of infantry is on a stretcher or six feet under..."

Battlefields of WW2
: The Guide to visiting WW2 Battlefields.

www.ww2battlefields.com


#12 cash_13

cash_13

    Senior Member

  • Registered Users
  • 591 posts

Posted 27 January 2012 - 01:12 AM

Any more information of pictures of the Bunker Paul ?

Lee F
  • 0
Family Cyril Claude Phillips Leading Stoker HMS Warspite

Grand Father Cyril George Pickford Private Royal Engineers

Great Grand Father George Pickford Private Royal Engineers

Great Uncle Harold Pickford Private Royal Army Service Corp

Grand Father Thomas Finney Seaman HMS Ramillies

Wifes Great Grandfather Major Charles Spurling

#13 cash_13

cash_13

    Senior Member

  • Registered Users
  • 591 posts

Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:16 PM

Has anyone any more information about this bunker as I have just given a quote for a job to Berlin for next week which means I can spend a day in and around Berlin.....
  • 0
Family Cyril Claude Phillips Leading Stoker HMS Warspite

Grand Father Cyril George Pickford Private Royal Engineers

Great Grand Father George Pickford Private Royal Engineers

Great Uncle Harold Pickford Private Royal Army Service Corp

Grand Father Thomas Finney Seaman HMS Ramillies

Wifes Great Grandfather Major Charles Spurling





Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: berlin

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users