Ibdmw - Tag 3 - Von Schaidt nach Schweigen
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Scout Jens went for a hike.
October 23, 2020
Ibdmw = I'll be gone thenI was slowly clearing my head and was delighted with the rainy autumn weather from the bottom of my heart. But at the end of the day it should go to a warm room with a shower. I organized that with the Turkic tombs. Wasn't easy: either closed or fully booked. But then I still found something. So I had a nice (and dry) goal in mind and I could go on with new strength.#Old B-WerkThe path to the former fortification of the west wall is beautiful. And the information board is great. Among other things, one learns that after the end of the war two people in search of food and the bare essentials for life perished here when gas from flamethrower fuel exploded.# Turkic tombsThe first battle took place nearby when the Prussians, with allies and around 50,000 soldiers, moved against France and only met 7,500 French who fought for half a day. Mercenaries from Africa were also injured. Since nobody in the area felt responsible for a funeral, the corpses were buried here in a night-and-fog operation by the people responsible for the hospital. Long later, the community of Schaidt resisted moving the fallen and showing a little decency. After a long discussion, the community finally agreed to at least take care of the graves. According to Marianne, that was probably handed over to the PWV.A magical and thought-provoking place. Of the two people from Africa known by name, one was allowed to be 20 years old, the other only 19 years old.The listed part of the hump line was fascinating. While exploring a bunker at the end of the line in Steinfeld, I got into conversation with a man. It turned out that he is the son of the woman who perished in the B-Werk in Schaidt after the war while searching for the bare essentials for survival. He is over 80 years old. That was a moving moment for me.# Hump lineIt's worth walking the whole section! The listed section also brings out wonderful nature. At the end of the train station, you can also marvel at the hill that houses the rest of a three-story bunker. This was blown up by the French and then again thoroughly in the 80s by a specialist company.At the northern end are the remains of a combat bunker. Just another hill, too. But well-made information boards explain everything to you.The rest of the hike is mine. It was filled with thoughts and nothing. With a beautiful landscape and heavy rain that made a wide view difficult (umbrella, clouds and wind). With the last of my strength I reached the booked room shortly after 2 p.m., which I completely covered with the contents of my backpack, then showered and - off again. But this is a tour of its own.
October 24, 2020
The Siegfried Line with its cusp line (also still there today) and blown bunkers on the western border near Aachen served as an adventure playground in my childhood and still impresses me today.
I can understand that Gerd.
Update: "Copy and paste" is a great feature. But you have to be careful. One text was duplicated here. And nobody had the courage to accuse me of being bitterly angry. Too bad.But I have now noticed and corrected it. I also added the cusp line. Gerd H. is absolutely right. That's an impressive thing.
October 26, 2020
A moving story with a description and pictures. And somehow the weather suits it. Thank you for taking me.
October 27, 2020