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My climb up Hartmannsweilerkopf (HWK)

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egbert

Constantly alternating -bunkers, galleries, dug-outs, trenches

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egbert

Galleries bored deep into the mountain

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egbert

Louis knows the system like his pocket

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egbert

Stonewalled trenches, always with "comfortable" firestep and climbing aids, soon to leave Lippische Schweiz system

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egbert

Next fortress is "Feste Scheufele" as the sign above the entrance points out.

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egbert

No time to explore the inside, just the guard area

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egbert

If I recollect correctly this bunker might be a trench mortar position, hence the "sun roof"

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egbert

Next pictures left and right of path between Lippische Schweiz and notorious "Unterer Rehfelsen"

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egbert

Barbed wire and netted wire everywhere. Note the rocks slammed to chunks by the constant artillery bombardments

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egbert

Hidden entrances to deep galleries which protected the troops

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egbert

Bunkered trench mortar position with firing hole

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egbert

What lies behind this arch?

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spconnolly007

Great photos egbert. You did well to post that lot today, considering how slowwww the sites been. We're waiting, whats behind the arch then?

Sean

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egbert

Thanks Sean. What lies behind the arch, a bit further up? Mighty rock formation "Unterer Rehfelsen", bitterly fought over , featured tonight

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mandy hall

Looking forward to tonight. Wonderful photos.

Mandy

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keithjk

Egbert, I have my armchair booked, two cans of beer in the fridge, and a bag of popcorn. I'm ready for the next instalment of your incredible journey.

Keith

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roel22

Count me in as well. I'm no experienced climber, so the more pics the better...

Roel

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roel22

If you need to be an experienced climber to get to these positions, I wonder what an attack would look like. Fix bayonets and charge??

Roel :huh:

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egbert

Roel I would say you need to be physical fit but it is not necessary to be an experienced climber- I am not.

The 1914/15 attacks uphill were unimaginable difficult. Yes there are contemporary pictures when they charged and counterattacked with fixed bayonets. Later the hand grenade was the steady companion. Charging uphill seemed to be a superhuman strain, but they did it and of course lost thousand of men in each single attack.

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tim_oz

Egbert

Wonderful pictures thank you for sharing them.

Tim B

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egbert

Ok guys, where am I? This image shows my path towards summit. The last pictures were taken at very left yellow dotted line, right before "Unterer Rehfelsen" (U.R.). The picture itself was taken from "Mittlerer Rehfelsen" (M.R.)-fortress. A location we will come to much later. As you can see the climb goes along U.R. and Feste (fortress) Bamberg. French attacks came from slope called "Namenloser Hang" and tried to gain access to German fortifications and lines. All attacks were repelled finally. Can you imagine how deadly the German enfilading MG fire was -U.R. could cover the valley up to image location M.R. and vice versa. Supported by Feste Bamberg and Feste Heiligenst├Ądt. A deadly row of formidable defense positions.

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egbert

This is a post- war image of U.R. A mighty rock formation undermined like a Swiss cheese and as I said, bitterly fought over. Note the forest in foreground still devastated , around U.R. all moonscape.

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egbert

This is a 1920ish Michelin panorama photo. You can clearly see the string of fortresses left and right of U.R. . After 1915 the frontline was stabelized behind the visible ridge.

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egbert

This is how today's entrance into the fortress looks like

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egbert

And this is the same picture-view from THEN

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