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My climb up to Buchenkopf (The Tete de Faux)

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 11:50 AM

The mystique Vosges battlegrounds were always calling and I finally started to explore the first mountains by climbing up the Buchenkopf (Tete de Faux). It is one of the many hard fought peaks and not so much visited by tourists as the tour from either side takes some 3-5 hrs. Thanks to the the great preparation of Gwyn I did not need to work out the tour from scratch. Gwyn gave me all necessary information and thanks to the internet even gave valuable hints in the evening when preparing the next tour. Coming from Bonhomme the way up is littered with bunkers, barbed wire, chevaux-de-frise and remnants from the terrible figthing.

Featuring one of the many German blockhouses on the way to Etang de Devin

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 11:54 AM

Concrete German dug-out

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 11:57 AM

with buried passages who knows where to ...

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 12:09 PM

Reaching the Hexenweiher=Etang du Devin. Once this was a crisp clear mountain lake from where the Germans pumped drinking water up to the peaks. The paths winds up from there , left side of lake up to funicular station then turning more right to Rabenfelsen fort, further via Sattelstützpunkt to the peak of Buchenkopf

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 12:13 PM

Next to the lake the old pumpingstation

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 12:18 PM

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 12:22 PM

After a good climb up and passing wire and lots of trenches, we reached the funicular railway station, suddenly appearing in the thick forest

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 12:26 PM

Still there after so many years lies the majestic mountain station with thick layers of concrete. Remember, 1915 there was no single tree left, just devastated mountain range

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 12:28 PM

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 12:33 PM

Peak station when it was very busy up there

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 12:38 PM

Today it is a lonely being, deep in the woods, having served its purpose and now indulging the eternal sleep

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 12:39 PM

Terrific, egbert. Keep them coming!

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 12:42 PM

(I will Chris)

.....being explored by the famous messenger dog himself

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 12:45 PM

...or was it just a ghost from 1915?

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 01:02 PM

Go on then! From here all supplies have to be carried by men in the summerheat of 30 degrees celsius (as seen here) and the winter snow with 3-4 meter thickness.
The forest soil is covered with moss , trenches everywhere. What is so different from the other battlegrounds is the absence from debris like shell splinters, grenade remnants -because everything is overgrown, including the brave soldiers who lost their lives and lie there known only to God

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 01:10 PM

bunker entrance on the way up

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 01:13 PM

as this one was explored by the vigilant messenger dog

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 01:16 PM

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 01:18 PM

Chester is looking for the connecting trenches

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 01:22 PM

At first I thought he gave up and instead indulging a bunch of terrific blueberries, but - he quickly reorientated and led me to this shallow communication trench

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 01:32 PM

Then finally we arrived at the massif rock 'Rabenfelsen'. A monolith commanding the anticline leading to Buchenkopf. This rock is caved by German soldiers and sits like an impregnable concaved tooth. Several deep, walled trenches arrive to the rock from several directions

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 01:35 PM

then used as an observation outlook with a wooden platform

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 01:39 PM

This man deep trench leads to the entrance of this massif fortress

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 01:42 PM

Entrance into Rabenfelsen

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 01:45 PM

after 5 or so meters inside....

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