Kommern - LVR-Freilichtmuseums Kommern
In the LVR-Freilichtmuseums Kommern remains of two LVZ bunkers are uncovered and are becoming part of the museum. For an overview of all bunkers we have found in the museum see: Luftverteidigungszone west Kommeren
Below you see a Google Map indicating the area were the two bunkers are located. We have not seen these bunkers in the book of Manfred Gross (Bunkerstellungen der Luftverteidigungszone West im Rheinland und Hitlers Hauptquartier in Bad Münstereifel-Rodert).
From the book of manfred Gross you can see the batterijstellung Kommern where we have also marked the area with a red box.
From the website of the museum we have translated the section regarding the bunkers in the museum including the pictures. Please visit the museum and contribute to the conservation!
Reste des Krieges
Piles of rubble marked many cityscapes in the Rhineland after the end of World War II. They are simultaneous sign of the devastation of war, but also for the beginning of reconstruction. Here, you can make no clear separation between the two phases. The much-touted "zero hour" did not exist. Even during the bombing went down, began in many places with clean-up and the first improvised reconstruction. After the war, the well-known picture of "rubble women" was coined. Since many men were killed in the war, tidying and retrieving of usable building blocks was forced female activity from the rubble. However, this is only true for a first early phase. Soon, machines could be used for a large-scale "Entschuttung" again. Already in January 1946, the debris field on railway tracks has been covered, for example in Düren. From 1947 the company Mielke from Soest took over with excavators and grabs the cleanup. The Aachen People''s Daily wrote on 09.10.1949:
"About half of the total Düren rubble mountain, back when the city fathers to resolve a generous Entschuttung conceived, was estimated to be nearly one million cubic meters, is in the last few years tirelessly working with thousands of Loren trains on the rubble tilting the gates of the city been driven. According to the experts, two to three more years would pass before the excavator and grapple have loaded the last debris on the last train wreckage and sent over the sorting belt. (...) A win to the most of the bombed-out cities the city of Düren envy. evidence of this are the hundreds of trucks from the surrounding towns, from Aachen, Cologne, Wuppertal, Bonn and Euskirchen, about 50 ''export'' the daily per cent of the material of Düren debris recycling outward. "
In the middle of the square Rhineland you find the remains of concrete walls and debris. These belong to a former bunker with flak. Between 1938 and 1939, it was built in the Bald bush as part of the Westwall program. It included along with several crew bunkers and ammunition and water bunkers, a pumping station and the positions for the anti-aircraft guns. At the beginning of the war, the crew of a reserve Flak Battalion was stationed here until 1940, to end the war between December 1944 and January 1945, a Panzerjägerabteilung. The then five-year-old son of the forester from Eicks remembers that he went for a walk with his father on Sundays on the bald bush. The soldiers then often sat on the concrete seating and playing cards. The bunkers were a popular destination for Sunday outings in the early postwar years. Especially the youth from Kommern and Eick took the lonely ridge for walks together. The bunker also offered many a hiding place for undisturbed "cozy togetherness." The plant was demolished after 1948 and was gradually forgotten. As part of the construction work for the assembly marketplace Rhineland the bunker remains of archaeologists from the LVR-Office of Archaeological Excavation were uncovered and documented in the Rhineland. Link to iphone pictures
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The furniture made ??of concrete was part of the anti-aircraft during the Second World War. Witnesses tell of soldiers who played here cards to while away the boredom.
The seating is located on the path between the exhibition "random Hein countries" and the module "marketplace Rhineland". Concrete Table Present
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Article created on 8/5/2014 by rene.
The last change was made on 8/5/2014 by rene.