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My climb up Hartmannsweilerkopf (HWK)

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egbert

Close up. These soldiers were all killed in action at notorious "Unterer Rehfelsen", a rock formation that is about to come soon

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egbert

Inside the machine gallery built by 8./LIR 56

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egbert

We left the "walking" part and started the steep ascend. Netting wire everywhere that once protected the first line trenches against hand grenades and other nasty stuff thrown in by the enemy.

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egbert

Memorial to 4 brave soldiers from LIR 56 that were buried here, right above the bored galleries. The original plate (see below) was destroyed in the 80s by scumbags. They also threw the skeletons in the 4 winds.....

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egbert

Again- plaque with full view of entrance to galleries

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egbert

This is the same place- THEN. You notice the plaque above the entrance and the memorial stone to the 4 fallen soldiers on the right side

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Ice Tiger

Fantastic thread Egbert. Looking forward to your future postings on it

Andy

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egbert

Andy, you are the fifth interested person in this Vosges thread -congrats-that's almost a breakthrough here on GWF!

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roel22

Fabuluous pics, Egbert. Like the Germans only left yesterday. Do you need to be an experienced climber to get to these places?

Roel

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keithjk

Excellent thread Egbert. Fascinating that, although Mother Nature has restored the area to it's former beauty, so many relics of the war still remain. My 5-day trip a few years ago barely scratched the surface. It has also prompted me to explore your two previous threads. As one of those Brits who is not solely concerned with the Somme and Ypres, I will definitely be visiting the Vosges again, for a longer period this time. Many thanks

Keith

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egbert

One more, great.

Roel, for this trip here you need really good constitution and endurance, nothing for the non-exercised. The paths up sometimes are pretty steep. It is not like Alpine climbing, but yes a rather strenuous way up

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egbert

Next pictures are from passing the beautifully preserved trench systems called "Lippische Schweiz". A marvel for trench enthusiasts.

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egbert

The Lippische Schweiz is a fortification system on the way up consisting of trenches, bunkers, galleries etc

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egbert

View from inside a bunker towards the French front line

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egbert

Even the wood paneling inside the bunkers is still genuine....

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egbert

Walking along...

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egbert

This image clearly shows the climbing aids for reaching the firestep (center part of image); enemy to the left

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egbert

Entrance to Operation Centre of Minenwerfer Abteilung , 82th Landwehrbrigade, dated 1916

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spconnolly007

The Germans did know how to make a trench system! Keep em coming egbert, I cant believe how well preserved they are.

Regards

Sean.

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egbert

Sean, this is for you:

(We are still in Lippische Schweiz system.)

Looking up!

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egbert

Fire steps and climbing aids in this labyrinth of trenches, dug-outs and bunkers

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egbert

It takes some time on the path up if you do not ignore to explore the deep galleries

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spconnolly007

Sean, this is for you:

(We are still in Lippische Schweiz system.)

Looking up!

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Thanks egbert, looks like the wifes gastronomic tour might get cut short :thumbsup:

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roel22

Roel, for this trip here you need really good constitution and endurance, nothing for the non-exercised. The paths up sometimes are pretty steep. It is not like Alpine climbing, but yes a rather strenuous way up

That explains why it's all still there! :D

Roel

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egbert

Lippische Schweiz system continues ....

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