November 26, 2013

Remnants of the Cold War - Nuclear Weapons Depot

It was a rainy Saturday and the shopping trip with my wife and my mother-in-law was surprisingly short, so the three of us went for a spontaneous tour to a former U.S. Special Ammunitions Site (SAS).
I knew about this location but I didn't think that we would find the time. But we did!
In these depots, of which there are a lot in Germany, maintained and guarded by the U.S. Army, nuclear warheads were stored for use with German carrier systems within the scope of the so-called "nuclear sharing" in case of a nuclear war.
The layout of these depots was always the same (check out my visit to a different depot here): There was an inner ring, guarded by soldiers from the U.S. Army unit responsible for the depot, and an outer ring that was guarded by soldiers from the host nation - in this case Germany.
In this particular depot, the nucelar ammunition for the 2nd Panzergrenadierdivision (Armored Infantry Division) was stored, more specific warheads for the tactical short-range missile "Honest John", artillery grenades 203mm (8 inches) for the M110 howitzer and artillery grenades 155mm for the M109 howitzer.
The depot was active from 1962 until 1992.

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  1. Und wieder super schöne Fotos!!!
    LG Babs

    1. Vielen Dank, Babs!
      Ich mag diese alten Atomwaffenlager. Auch jetzt noch bringt das Wissen um ihre ehemalige Verwendung ein sehr eigentümliches Gefühl mit sich.


  2. echt interessant ... wo ist das eigentlich? .... nuclear danger .... i always wanted to see how a #nuclear weapons depot looks like ...

    1. Sorry, Orte gebe ich nicht weiter. Es gibt aber viele dieser Lager in Deutschland, und mit ein bißchen Beharrlichkeit und den richtigen Suchanfragen kommst Du sicher weiter.


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