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Cold War Ammunition Depot

ammunition depot

In the photo, you see an ammunition depot. I shot the photo in a forest in Heidekamp, outside of Lübeck but very close to Reinfeld. The bunker is one of twelve ammunition depots in our area that were used by the German federal government until the end of the cold war. The ammunition was stored to be able to blow up bridges of strategic value, to prevent enemy troops to advance if it would have come to an invasion. Today, the bunker has a peaceful use case. The Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU), a nature conservation association developed it into a quarter for bats.

The bunkers are suitable because our domestic bats need frost-proof, moist and undisturbed roosting places. Many of our domestic bats prefer underground places. The Naturschutzbund Deutschland arranged 60 hollow building bricks in the bunker for the nocturnal mammals. The bricks are covered with soil, which results in a constant temperature with a humidity of 80%. That is also possible due to a gravel layer that was brought into the bunker as well. The place with the surrounding forests and ponds is an ideal habitat for the bats. There are 15 different bat species in Schleswig-Holstein, but Germany-wide there are 23.

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  1. Living in Germany during the Cold War must have been a bit scary. My dad was in the army there in the late 50s. He was stationed with Elvis Presley. He once said about nuclear missiles, “The shorter the range, the deader the Germans.” That made me realize that Germany was right in the middle of the conflict.

    • Since I am born in 1981, I technically grew up in the final years of the cold war and remember the news on TV or grown-ups talking about the fall of the wall and later the dissolution of the USSR. As a kid, I haven’t noticed anyone being scared, it was a normal life but maybe because the final years haven’t been as scary as the ’50s or ’60s, I don’t know. But this is an interesting question I’d like to ask my grandparents, how it felt for them back then. I’m pretty sure it must have been a bit scary. Having watched many documentaries about the cold war, I sometimes thought it’s a wonder that this didn’t escalate into a nuclear war. The only reason it did not, was probably because both sides had/have these weapons. Yep, Germany being right in the middle, Europe would have been the first wasteland if crap had hit the fan.

      I like the Albert Einstein saying, “Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap.”

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