Abandoned Soviet ghost town in Germany
• Abandoned Soviet ghost town in Germany
At 40 kilometers south of Berlin, is the small town of Wünsdorf, where he lives about six thousand people. But less than thirty years ago, there lived 60 thousand people, 50 thousand of whom were soldiers of the Soviet Army. They lived in the territory of one of the largest military bases in Europe and the largest Soviet military base outside the Soviet Union.
The former headquarters of the Soviet armed forces in Germany was so great that it was called "little Moscow." Every day here walking the train to the capital of the Soviet Union. At the military camp were schools, shops, hospitals and places for leisure.
Wünsdorf became a Soviet military camp after the fall of Nazi Germany following the Second World War. But the military history of this place dates back over 70 years before. Initially, there was a shooting range for the Prussian army, and then there were military barracks. When the railroad was built, this area has become strategically important. By the beginning of World War I in 1914, the landfill area of approximately 25 hectares was the largest military base in Europe.
In 1935 Wünsdorf became the headquarters of the Wehrmacht - the armed forces of Nazi Germany. In the years of Hitler's reign was Wünsdorf powerful military fortress. Here the newest system built underground utilities under the name "Zeppelin" with walls thickness up to 3, 2 meters, as well as several bunkers, shelters, over which a slab thickness of 80 cm were placed, and they were disguised as country homes.
After the retreat of the Nazis, Soviet troops occupied Wünsdorf, and this place has become a springboard USSR, right in the heart of Germany. Local people were evicted, and all roads in Wünsdorf break for conventional transport. It became Die Verbotene Stadt local Wünsdorf - "Forbidden City".
When in 1989 the Berlin Wall fell, Germany was reunited, and then the collapse of the USSR, Soviet soldiers went home. They left a huge area, where they threw 98,300 sets of ammunition, 47 000 artillery systems, 29, 3 tons of ammunition and debris, including chemicals, waste oil, old paint, tires, batteries and asbestos. There were shops full of electronics, wireless systems, TVs and refrigerators. Family left the city in such a hurry that they could not take everything. The houses throwing appliances. There were even pets. Their mummified skeletons still lie there.
Now all abandoned military camp continues to degrade, and only occasionally come here to photographers who like to shoot the ruins.