- 09/03/2017 at 11:18 #59031
One for anyone who was in Germany during the 80’s (I am doing some googling too but thought I’d ask too) …
Did the West Germans have any static defences such as concrete bunkers at bridges etc?
Also, given time, would it be feasible for them to have made log bunkers?
I’m making some dug in infantry bases for a Cold War game we are putting on at Salute and wanted to get an idea if its worth cracking on with a couple of bunker pieces that I’ve started as well.10/03/2017 at 06:39 #59054
Cheers Tim, I can’t find any pics in my Google search either. Oh well, guess I’ll just keep them for something else.10/03/2017 at 07:06 #59055MartinRParticipant
The stay behind chaps had massive bunkers to hide in, and lots of the planned defensive positions were pre dug too. Iirc the main preparation of bridges were ready built chambers for the insertion of demolition charges.
A bunker next to a bridge would be fairly obvious, the positions were concealed. My pal Lutz was in the Bundeswehr, he said he spent pretty much all his duty time in a bunker.
"Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke10/03/2017 at 08:13 #59059Guy FarrishParticipant
The West German Government was reluctant to build permanent/semi permanent positions that gave the political message that the IGB was a permanent de facto division of the country. So while tank scrapes in hull down positions were prepared, fields of fire maintained, roads built with possible tank positions in mind in some places and stay behind bunkers built, they tried to avoid too obvious defensive constructions. Infrastructure (like Martin says with bridges) were built with some preparation for demolition or defence in mind, but I don’t think you are going to find many constructions like the ones you are thinking of. They were too politically sensitive.10/03/2017 at 10:23 #59075
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