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  • Winkelturm @ Wünsdorf, Brandenburg

    I'm familiar with the indestructible flak towers built in German cities in the 1940s but this is the first time I saw this strange looking Winkelturm air raid shelter.





    Here's another Winkelturm at Kaninchenborn. I found some description but in German which I can't read.


    "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
    --Frederick II, King of Prussia

  • #2
    Interesting....never seen them before either!!! Good find!!!

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    • #3
      Wiki has some information about these air-raid shelter but unfortunately it is poorly sourced.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air-rai...ter#Hochbunker
      "Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery"
      Robert G. Ingersoll 1833-1899

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      • #4
        There are quiet a few left of them all over Germany. I think more than 60 of the more than 200 that were built are still standing.

        One beeing used for advertisment by a supermarket chain:

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        • #5
          Originally posted by NagaSadow View Post
          There are quiet a few left of them all over Germany. I think more than 60 of the more than 200 that were built are still standing.

          One beeing used for advertisment by a supermarket chain:

          Now that is the most impressive LIDL store I've seen!!!

          Looks nothing like the one near me that I shop in quite regularly!!!

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          • #6
            There is one still standing in Feurbach, Germany next to the train station. You can see it on Google Earth to the west side of the underpass of 295 and the railroad tracks.
            "Ask not what your country can do for you"

            Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

            you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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            • #7
              Freud would absolutely love those.

              The gray and green one doesn't look all that big compared to the rider in front of it. Does anyone know how many people they could shelter? And why use all that concrete and other building materials when you could simply dig shelters into the ground? I know the Germans didn't always use resources well and all that, but an underground shelter seems more efficient anyhow.

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              • #8
                There is at least one still standing in Feuerbach Germany next to the railway station.





                http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2007...ird-reich.html

                Some good photos of different models.
                "Ask not what your country can do for you"

                Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

                you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by llkinak View Post
                  Freud would absolutely love those.

                  The gray and green one doesn't look all that big compared to the rider in front of it. Does anyone know how many people they could shelter? And why use all that concrete and other building materials when you could simply dig shelters into the ground? I know the Germans didn't always use resources well and all that, but an underground shelter seems more efficient anyhow.
                  Under ground still used concrete and took much longer to build.

                  Capacity, depending on size, was 150 to 500.
                  "Ask not what your country can do for you"

                  Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

                  you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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