In 1940, the German troops realized that their U-Boat enclosures made their ships vulnerable to attacks. They then started building closed bunkers to protect their ships from air raids by their enemies. One of the first bunkers they built was the Elbe II which was located near Hamburg.
By the end of the Second World War around five years later, Germany lost the battle and 3 of their newest U-Boats, the U-2505, U-3004 and U-350, were left stranded in a massive bunker on the Elbe River. The British then found out about it and decided to blow up the bunker using 32 tonnes of bombs. The roof collapsed which caused the ships to be trapped inside.
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The U-boats were eventually forgotten by everyone until Jak P Mallmann-Showell, Wolfgang Hirschfeld, and Walter Cloots found the boats in 1985. They took wonderful photographs of the place, plunging people back to a long-lost era.
In the 1990s, the German government found that the bunker was too dangerous so they filled it up with gravel and concrete, burying the U-boats permanently.
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If you want to visit the Elbe II bunker, or rather what’s left of it, it can be found on the southern bank of the Elbe River at the Vulkanhafen which is within the Freeport of Hamburg.
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