"I'd like to think the best bunker buster is a
diplomat." - Photo by Jan Bommes
"This one was a lucky shot. I was on a tour of some command post bunkers of the East German People's Army (NVA). While finishing up and starting to pack our stuff, I walked around in one of the shelters and got between my friend and the light that came from the entrance. He immediately suggested we take a photo because of the stark contrast the scene was offering.
Because of the contrast, I decided to give the photo a black and white processing. I rarely do that, but in this case, it came out nicely."
From 1941 until 1945, a factory for the produkction of hydrogen peroxide was operated in the Harz region of Germany. Hydrogen Peroxide was used in the Third Reich
as fuel for rocket propulsion, fuel for submarines and torpedos as well as launching assistance for airplanes.
The first industrial use of the area took place in 1897 when a chair factory was founded. This factory was operated until shortly before World War II. When in the 1930s the demand for hydrogen peroxide in the German Navy increased the fuel factory was constructed and began operation in 1941.
After the war, the facilities were dismantled and shipped to England. All remaining overground facilities were...(more)
There is little to no historical information regarding this abandoned grinding shop in the East German part of the Harz region.
The grinding shop is located right at a river which has been used in the past to power the technical equipment of paper mills, grinding shops and mines.
Due to the location and the history of the region, it is conceivable that this particular grinding shop was used for the grinding of wood to prepare it for further processing in on of the region's paper mills....(more)
Due to traffic jams all over the Ruhr area, we arrived at our hotel rather late - but at least the tour had started with the exploration of an abandoned psychiatric
We went out for dinner and planned our tour for the next day, and we finished the first day of Operation "Easter Basket" with a couple of beers and shots in our hotel room.
The next morning, we got up relatively early and drove for about 70 kilometers to our first spot. We had decided for a more than a hundred-year-old prison that has been left unused for about 5 years now.
Freddy and I had only been to one other prison before, and I had found that experience pretty cool, and this particular prison is huge compared to the one I'd visited in Denmark, so it seemed like a good idea to check this one....(more)