yet another short episode of Uncle Fuzzy's Weird War II, and probably the last one for some time (or at least I'll only be able to do them intermittently) as I am packing up and leaving on Wednesday. However, it makes he happy to see that Kading has gotten the idea with his U-Flak post, hopefully other people can start digging up wacky odds and ends for everyone's education and amusement.
Starting in 1942, the Germans started construction on a series of massive Flaktuerme (AA towers) in and around major cities. I wasn't able to find exact numbers on short notice, but apparently there are still three of these left in Berlin, and three pairs in Vienna, as well as a few in other cities.
[ATTACH]43942[/ATTACH] AA over Berlin The towers mounted quad 12.8cm or 10.5cm AA guns and searchlights, and were surrounded by smaller weapons (20mm, 37mm among others) against low-flying aircraft. Shell casings were ejected from the towers by special openings. The major tower complexes consisted of one main ("G") tower for the artillery and a small ("L") tower for command & spotting in each location. Smaller versions of these installations were built throughout Germany and parts of France/BeNeLux--if you're diligent, you can find footage of Allied fighter-bombers attacking these--maybe Stiner has something on the topic.
The interesting thing about these is that they were so massively built in order to survive heavy bombing that they also served as air raid shelters. A few of them still stand; lostplaces.de estimates that one main tower alone took 80,000 cubic meters of ferroconcrete to build. Very few tools in existence can even scratch these; I saw a documentary a few years ago in which a diamond-studded "cable saw" was used to literally take one apart; sufficient explosives to take the towers down would level most of the neighborhoods around them.
Some of the towers are abandoned today, so if you do some research and live near one of the cities where they were built, you might be able to get some killer pics. At least one of the towers in Vienna is used as a nearly impregnable data archival site, one is an aquarium, and one in Hamburg is now a civilian residence.
Wikipedia has the following information on the towers:
Each Flak Tower complex consisted of a G-Tower (Gun Tower), and a L-Tower (Fire Control Tower).
- Generation 1 G-Towers were 70.5 * 70.5 * 39m, usually armed with 8 * 128mm Guns and numerous 37mm, 30mm and 32 * 20mm Guns.
- Generation 1 L-Towers were 50 * 23 * 39m, usually armed with 16 * 20mm Guns.
- Generation 2 G-Towers were 57 * 57 * 41.6m, usually armed with 8 * 128mm Guns and 16 * 20mm Guns.
- Generation 2 L-Towers were 50 * 23 * 44m, usually armed with 40 * 20mm Guns.
- Generation 3 G-Towers were 43 * 43 * 54m, usually armed with 8 * 128mm Guns and 32 * 20mm Guns.
More info (by no means complete, this is only about one in Berlin and the towers in Vienna, but as usual, Mr. Google knows more):
hope you have a happy and safe trip there mate and we will all miss these but have fun !!
That would be my dream house (besides the old atlas-5 silos of course). :D
Sweet! If my dad sold the house and the 6 acres we would have more then enough money to buy one of those!
I have some more info on Flak Towers at this site:http://www.thirdreichruins.com/ Very interesting. Has info about the Flak Towers in Berlin and Bertchesgaden. Also has info on practically every bulding in the Third Reich and hundreds of pictures.
Awww, I already knew all about these....I saw an hour special on these, definately well built monsters. There is one left in Berlin that they tried to demolish but it proved so difficult that they just buried the sucker.