The road to hell. Camp Earthworms Regenwurmlager

The road to hell.  Camp Earthworms Regenwurmlager

Not far from the Polish city of Mendzyzhech is a network of underground tunnels, construction of which was held from 30's to 1943, as a strategic defensive position on the Eastern Front. This Camp Earthworms «Regenwurmlager».
Length already built part is about 30 miles away, which was to include about 80 miles of underground tunnels and more than 50 firing points. The depth of up to 70 meters in the north.
According to the plan it should be completely self-contained complex with underground hospitals and power plants.

Watch Camp Earthworms «Regenwurmlager»

The spectacle is not for the faint of heart, when in sight of the forest twilight cracks of old bunkers and bronekolpakov selected, fumbling and squeaking bats. Winged vampires have decided that these people have built multi-storey underground for them, and settled there for a long time and reliable. Here, near the Polish city of Mendzyzhech, inhabits Europe's largest colony of bats — tens of thousands. But it's not about them, but military intelligence, and chose as its emblem silhouette bat.

About this area go, go, and will long walk legends, one darker than the other.

"To begin with, — says one of the pioneers of the local catacombs Colonel Alexander Liskin — that the forest near the lake, in a reinforced concrete box was discovered bushing out of the underground power cable, instrument measurements on the veins which have shown the presence of industrial AC voltage of 380 volts. Soon attracted the attention of engineers concrete pit that swallowed the water rushes down from a height. At the same intelligence reported that may have underground power communication comes from Mendzyzhecha. However, this does not exclude the presence of a hidden battery power, and also the fact that its turbines spin water falling into a well. They said that the lake is in some way connected with the surrounding bodies of water, and a lot of them here.

The road to hell.  Camp Earthworms Regenwurmlager

Sappers found disguised as a hill entrance to the tunnel. Already in the first approximation, it was clear that this is a serious structure, moreover, probably with a different kind of traps, including mine. It was said that once a tipsy sergeant on his bike decided to take a ride on a bet on the mysterious tunnel. More reckless driver did not see. "

Whatever was said, one thing is certain: in the world there is a broader and more branched underground fortified than the one that was dug in the river Warta triangle — Obra — Oder more than half a century ago. Until 1945, these lands were part of Germany. After the collapse of the Third Reich returned to Poland. Only then descended into a top-secret underground Soviet specialists. Walked down a long tunnel marveled, and left. No one wanted to get lost, to explode, to disappear in the giant concrete catacombs, going to dozens (!) Kilometers to the north, south and west. No one could say for what purpose they were built dvuputnye railway, where and why trains were running through the endless tunnels with innumerable branches, dead ends that they are transported to their platforms, who was a passenger. However, it is known that Hitler was at least twice in this underground kingdom of reinforced concrete, coded under the name «RL» — Regenwurmlager — «Camp earthworm."

Dungeons Reich / The Reich Underground

At the end of the Second World War by the winners of all of Germany have discovered a huge unfinished tunnel system. Hitler ordered the construction of about 800 underground facilities in an attempt to keep afloat the German war industry. 60 years ago the Allies tried to destroy them, including personal and alpine Hitler's bunker. Entire sections of the tunnels still remain unexplored.

What for?

The road to hell.  Camp Earthworms Regenwurmlager

Under the sign of the issue goes any investigation of the mysterious object. Why was constructed giant underground? Why are laid in it hundreds of kilometers of electrified railways, and even a dozen sorts of "why?" And "why?"

Local veteran — a former tank commander and now a taxi driver named Josef, taking with him a fluorescent lamp, undertook to take us to one of the twenty-two underground stations. All are designated once male and female names, "Dora", "March", "Emma", "Emma". The closest Mendzyzhechu — "Henrik". Our guide said that it was his apron coming from Berlin, Hitler had to go away already on the surface of the field in his bid for Rastenbergom — "Wolfsan." This has its own logic — the underground route from Berlin secretly allowed to leave the Reich Chancellery. And before the "Wolf's Lair" here just a few hours away by car.

Jozef chases his "Polonaise" by a narrow highway to the south-west of the city. In the village of Calavà we turn towards the bunker "Scharnhorst". This is one of the strongholds of the defense system of the Pomeranian shaft. A place in the district — an idyllic and does not tally with these military sayings: hilly woods, poppies in the Rye, a little lake swans, storks on roofs, sosnyachki, burning inside the sun, deer roam.

WELCOME TO HELL!

The road to hell.  Camp Earthworms Regenwurmlager

The picturesque hill with a youngish oak tree at the top was crowned with two steel bronekolpakami. Their massive flattened cylinder with slits were like Teutonic knights' helmets, "neglected" under the shade of an oak canopy.
The western slope of the hill dropped off a concrete wall in a half height of a man, which was incised armor germodver in third normal doors and several air inlets, pick up again, armored shutters. Those were the gills underground monster. Inscription over the entrance, nabryzgannaya of spray paint: «Welcome to hell!» — «Welcome to Hell!"

Under the watchful eye of a machine-gun firing ports flanking battle armor come to the door and open it with a special key long. Heavy, but a well-oiled door swings open easily, and you look in the chest, another loophole — the battle front. "Walked in without a pass — get the machine gun fire," — says it blank unblinking stare. This is the chamber entrance vestibule. Once upon a time it fell through the floor treacherously, and the intruder was flying into the well, as was the case in medieval castles. Now it is properly fixed, and we turn into a narrow side corridor that leads into the bunker, but after a few steps interrupted by the main gas gateway. Get out of it and we get to the checkpoint, where guards checked once for all incoming documents and held at gunpoint input germodver. Only then can you enter into the corridor leading to the battle dungeons, covered bronekupolami. In one of them still stands rusty rapid-fire grenade launcher, flamethrower was placed in a different setting, a third were heavy machine guns. Here 'cabin' commander — "Fuhrer-Raum" periscope available enclosure, radio room, store cards, toilet and wash basin, as well as disguised emergency exit.

One floor below — warehouse supplies of ammunition, tank ognesmesi, the camera input trap, she's cooler and a sleeping compartment for duty shift, filter-en closure … Here is also the entrance to hell: wide — about four meters in diameter — the concrete well steeply goes down to a depth of ten- Housing. Ray of light flashes at the bottom of the mine water. Concrete staircase descends along the steep narrow shaft marches.

The road to hell.  Camp Earthworms Regenwurmlager

"There's one hundred and fifty steps" — says Jozef. We're going after him with a sinking heart: that the bottom? And at the bottom, at a depth of 45 meters — vysokosvodny room, like a nave of the ancient cathedral, except that collected from the arched concrete. The mine, which wound along the staircase breaks here to continue even further, but as well, almost filled to the brim with water. Is there a bottom of it? And what rises looming over him right up to the mine floor Casemates? Jozef knows. But it leads us to another well, a narrow, covered with a manhole cover. It is a source of drinking water. You can scoop up even now.

Look around the arches of the local Aida. What they saw what was going on underneath? This room served as a garrison, "Scharnhorst" military town with a rear base. Here in the main tunnel, as inflows into the mainstream, "lapsed" bunk concrete hangars. They placed two hundred people at the barracks, infirmary, kitchen, stores of food and ammunition, power plant, fuel storage. Here is through the lock-proof camera rolled up and vagonetochnye trains on the branch, leaving to the main tunnel to the station, "Henrik".

— Let's go to the station? — Asks our guide.

Jozef dives into a low and a narrow corridor, and we followed him. Walking Poterna seems endless, we go through it at an accelerated pace for a quarter of an hour, and the light at the end of the tunnel in sight. Nor is there any light, as, indeed, in all the others, "earthworm burrows."

The road to hell.  Camp Earthworms Regenwurmlager

Only then did I notice how chilled in chilled dungeon: the temperature is constant, and that in summer, in winter, — 10C. At the thought of a thick layer of earth which stretches our slot-trail, and did feel uneasy. The low arch and narrow walls constrict the soul — Does it get out? And if you come down a concrete floor, and if the water will rush? After more than half a century, these designs are not aware of any maintenance or repair, constrain, and in fact they are holding back, and the pressure of the depths, and the water pressure …

When the tongue is spun phrase: "Maybe go back?" Narrow passage finally merged into a transport tunnel. Concrete slabs were here like the apron. This was the station "Henrik" — an abandoned, dusty, dark … immediately reminded of those in Berlin subway station, which until recent years were in a similar desolate, because they were under the wall, cut through Berlin on the eastern and western parts. They could be seen from the windows of The Blue Train — these caverns frozen for half a century of time … Now, standing on the platform of "Henrik", it was not hard to believe that this rusty rails dvuputki run so far and to Berlin's subway.

We turn to the side of the course. Soon zahlyupali puddles underfoot, at the edges of the walkway stretched drainage grooves — perfect for drinkers bats. Ray of light sprang up, and over our heads began to move large living bunch, cobbled together from kostlyavokrylyh poluptitsey-poluzverkov. Cold chills ran down his back — What a dirty trick, though! Gift that useful — eating mosquitoes.

They say that the souls of the dead sailors move into seagulls. Then the souls of the SS should apply to the bats. And judging by the number of nesting under concrete vaults bats, the whole division "Totenkopf", disappeared without a trace in the 45th mezeritskom in the dungeon, still hiding from the sunlight in the form of a bat creatures.

Away, away from here, and as soon as possible! Our tank — above the hopper

The road to hell.  Camp Earthworms Regenwurmlager

To the question "Why was created Mezeritsky fortified" military historians answer so: in order to hang a powerful lock on the main strategic axis of Europe Moscow — Warsaw — Berlin — Paris.

The Chinese built their Great Wall, in order to cover up the border to thousands of the Celestial Empire from invading nomads. The Germans did almost the same thing by erecting the East Wall — Ostwall, with the only difference being that paved his "wall" underground. Build it, they started back in 1927 and only after ten years ended first. Assuming that sit behind this "impregnable" shaft, Nazi strategists moved here first to Warsaw and then to Moscow, leaving the rear captured Paris. The result of the great trek to the east known. The onslaught of the Soviet Army did not help curb any anti-"dragon's teeth" or bronekupolnye installation or underground forts with all their medieval traps and highly modern weapons.

In the winter of forty-five soldiers of Colonel Gusakovskaya fractured this "impenetrable" line and moved directly to the Oder. Here, under the Mendzyzhechem and struggled with the "Death's Head" Tank Battalion Major Karabanova that burned in his tank. The monument to our soldiers in the village Calavà not dare break any extremists. His silence protects the memorial, "Thirty", even though now it has remained in the rear of NATO. Gun it faces west — on bronekupola bunker "Scharnhorst". Old tank went into a deep raid historical memory. At night over him circling bats, but sometimes on his armor lay flowers. Who? Yes, those who still remembers the winning year, when these lands, pitted "Earthworms" and still fertile again became Poland.

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