(Wolf's Lair) Führer Headquarters
Security Area (Sperrkreis)
Surrounding the inner security area (Sperrkreis
I) of Hitler's Wolfschanze (Wolf's
Lair) Eastern Front headquarters in East Prussia was Sperrkreis II, where
housing, work areas, and air defense shelters were located for Wehrmacht staff
officers, security, communications, and support personnel, and higher ranking
visitors who did not have a permanent presence at Hitler's headquarters.
Sperrkreis II also contained a train station and officers club.
building on the left (object 24) is located in Sperrkreis II, just south
of Göring's house and bunker (in Sperrkreis I), on the other side of the
railroad tracks that ran between Sperrkreis I and Sperrkreis II. This
building was used by Luftwaffe command staff and liaison officers (this
building is labeled with the name Fegelein on a sketch map of Sperrkreis I
drawn for the Nuremberg Trials - a reference to Himmler's liaison officer
Hermann Fegelein). In the
foreground is a cemetery for the nearby village of Partsch (now Parcz),
which was allowed to remain inside Sperrkreis II throughout the war. The
ruin on the right (object 25) was an air raid shelter bunker provided for
liaison staff of the naval high command.
a barracks building for the Führerbegleit Bataillon, part of Hitler's
personal security. This building (object 27) suffered heavy damage during
the 1945 demolitions.
(object 29) near the northern edge of Sperrkreis II was provided for
Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and his staff, although Ribbentrop
himself normally lived in a nearby palace. The small bunker on the right
above (object 30) was the base for an observation tower on the edge of a
small auxiliary airfield for landing Fieseler Storch aircraft.
the Bahnhof, on the other side of the main road, was a section of
Sperrkreis II devoted to the Wehrmacht Operations Staff under
Generaloberst Jodl. This part of Sperrkreis II was under the command of
Gen. Walter Warlimont. Several bunker and building ruins remain in this
area but they are not seen by most visitors today as they are not on any
of the marked tour paths. This ruin exhibits the standard bunker exterior
coating of a mixture of cement, wood shavings, pebbles, and sea grass.
This coating was extremely durable and formed a hard rough outer surface
for bunker and building walls. (Google
|This section of
Sperrkreis II had a residence with reinforced walls and roof for Gen.
Walter Warlimont, deputy chief of the Wehrmacht Operations Staff, although
Gen. Warlimont actually lived in a nearby prewar resort hotel, also
located in Sperrkreis II (this resort building burned down in 1945).
the gate at the western entrance to the Wolfschanze complex. This photo
presumably shows Hitler's staff car leaving the complex, headed toward
Rastenburg. The iron relic in the modern photo may be the base that held
the wooden gate bar. (Bundesarchiv; courtesy Tom Lewis)
the main Wolfschanze page
the Army High Command (OKH) center at Mauerwald
the "Anlage Mitte" and "Anlage Süd" Führer HQs sites for
Hitler's special train
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