Nazi bunkers off Danish coast

One of my all time favourite Nazi archaeological discoveries was the discovery of three Nazi bunkers on a Danish coast back in 2008. Although its old news  in the world of journalism i wanted to write about them. Their discovery came when i was in my second year of digging a second war bunker  in Melbourne.  They were remarkably preserved being found in literally the same condition as they were on the day the last Nazi soldiers had left them.

The tobacco in one soldier’s pipe and a half finished bottle of schnapps was testimony to this. Like so many amazing finds around the world they were not found by archaeologists but rather by two nine-year-old boys on vacation with their parents, who then informed the authorities.

This bunker was entombed under the sand dunes until a violent storm swept away the sands three months ago

Section of inside the Bunker taken from Daily Mail

 

The bunkers had not been touched since the war

Bunker exposed on Beach from Daily Mail

 

When the archaeologists arrived they were in awe of what they found. “What’s so fantastic is that we found them completely furnished with beds, chairs, tables, communication systems and the personal effects of the soldiers who lived inside,”said Jens Andersen, the curator of the Hanstholm museum. Bent Anthonisen, a Danish expert on European bunkers said, ”The discovery of the fully-furnished bunkers was  unique in Europe.”  These bunkers were just three of 7,000 built by the Nazi’s  as part of Hitler’s  ‘Atlantic  Wall’ from Norway to the south of France.

Expert Tommy Cassoe: 'It was as if the Nazis had just left yesterday'

Archaeologist Tommy Cassoe in front of Bunker

 

The vast majority of such bunkers have been  looted and destroyed, but these three owe their survival to sand dunes that completely  entombed them. This happened back in 1945 when the Germans surrendered.Giant waves caused by huge storms swept away the sand revealing them. Ive often thought that nature is such a paradox, in its path of destruction it can uncover treasure without destroying it.

The items in these bunkers like boots, mustard bottles, inkpots and stamps featuring Hitler were quite fragile so its  amazing that they were so well preserved. They were of course taken to a laboratory at Oelgod museum to be examined and treated.

stamps

Stamps featuring Hitler from Daily Mail

 

The center’s  German curator, Gert Nebrich, declared  the finds  to be  very  interesting due to their rarity. He said “We don’t expect contemporary objects like these to be so well preserved.  Maybe it’s because they were kept for 60 years in the cold and dark like in a  big vacuum.”
The Nazis would have shut the doors of the bunker sometime in 1945 and then would have gone to the nearest town to surrender. This makes these bunkers  a moment frozen in time !.
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