Former, Disused Special Weapon Camp of U.S. Pat. Armed forces from the Cold War era. An interest group ensures the preservation and documentation of this "modern castle". There is a tour, as well as numerous information boards. If you are historically interested, you will find a tour of Area 1 exciting.
In any case, this memorial to the time of the Cold War should not be forgotten.
The camp is open all year, but the watchtower is closed.
Here the link to I.G. Area 1.
May 28, 2016
Facts and Figures (currently in US usage)
Total area: 680 hectares
Asphalted roads: 44 kilometers
Ammunition warehouses: 96
Fence length: 31,780 meters
Barbed wire: 146,430 meters
Source: ig-area-one.de (IG stands for community of interests)Good thing not everything was flattened! There is a 1.3 km long, barrier-free circular route that is open all year round. Free entry.
A flyer is available at ludwigswinkel.de
March 15, 2019
The former military area Area1 surprised not only with its sheer size and public accessibility, but also with the fact that everything here had been properly dismantled. The windows were removed, all power cables removed and the spiral staircase to the watchtower also dismantled. The entire building was also "swept clean" without any rubbish or broken glass. The street with all its bunkers was given the flattering name "Bunkerallee". The bunkers were all locked, but with the smaller ones the heavy inner door was open and you could see that some of them were used for other purposes, e.g. as a garage for mobile homes, old sleds or trailers.
November 8, 2020
There are numerous castle ruins in Dahner Felsenland and Wasgau. Everywhere in the Palatinate on the border with France there are The numerous weir and defenses come from, in some cases, very different eras and were built for different reasons. It cannot be overlooked that precisely this region near the border with France was clearly marked in the past by a military infrastructure.
Therefore, the term “modern castle” is also justified for “Area1”, as its basic structure can definitely be compared with medieval castles.
February 26, 2021
The "Fischbach Depot" played a prominent role in the strategy of the "Cold War" as one of the largest special weapons depots of the US Army in Europe.
During the dismantling, the area was examined for contaminated sites such as the gravel and dust in the bunkers for radioactivity. The nuclear research center in Karlsruhe confirmed that there was no increased radioactivity, whereupon the broken concrete and rubble was reused as road construction material.
March 1, 2021
The special weapons store was the military technical term for an ammunition store exclusively for weapons of mass destruction, nuclear missiles, nuclear artillery shells or chemical warfare agents. It is still not clear whether poison gas was stored here. What is certain, however, is that nuclear weapons were stored in the bunkers - for howitzers, missiles of medium and long range, or even nuclear mines, and all of this in no small number.
March 1, 2021
The nuclear weapons were stored in bunkers that were secured with special doors. the "two-man rule" applied, i.e. it was ensured that a soldier would never have been able to open a bunker alone.
The outside area of the bunker doors was secured with special military locks costing 2000 USD.
The bunker doors themselves could only be lifted and opened with a hydraulic cylinder (jack), as they rested firmly on the floor when at rest.In addition, there were two pneumatic cylinders on the inside that were moved by means of nitrogen.
March 1, 2021
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