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#4575704 - 07/28/21 04:49 PM Interesting film/history connection  
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I assume that many of you here who have watched "Das Boot" remember that the port where U-96 was stationed is the city of La Rochelle on the western coast of France (Bay of Biscay). In both the original "Das Boot" miniseries and the recent "Das Boot" sequel, many of the scenes were shot on location in La Rochelle. It also turns out that La Rochelle was used for the U-boat scenes in "Raiders of the Lost Ark".

I then did a Google Maps detailed 3D view of La Rochelle and I was quite surprised and impressed to see that the original U-boat pens that were built during the war as still in pretty good condition!


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#4575707 - 07/28/21 05:13 PM Re: Interesting film/history connection [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Check out the street view here in Trondheim, Norway. The U-boat bunker «Dora 1» is pretty much intact. It is used as a workshop, bowling alley, music hall and other stuff. It was pretty much impossible to destroy the pens around Europe after the war, as it would require so much explosives the cities around them would be in danger of severe damage. Check out the thickness of one of Dora’s walls, from a hole blasted in 2005:

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#4575708 - 07/28/21 05:17 PM Re: Interesting film/history connection [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Wow, now that is some serious German engineering! wink

Yeah, I'll have to check out Trondheim on Googlemaps. Thanks for the recommendation.


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#4575716 - 07/28/21 05:56 PM Re: Interesting film/history connection [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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You can still see the imprints made by the boards used to form the mold in which the concrete was poured on the rebar supports. I assume this is how these were made, at least, rather than layering slabs.

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Makes me think of the old Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3 mission in which you tried to destroy submarine pens. It was almost impossible.


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In F-19 Stealth Fighter one had to use Fuel Air Bombs and sail them through the doors so they would detonate internally to have a shot at cracking the Soviet sub pens.

#4575726 - 07/28/21 06:37 PM Re: Interesting film/history connection [Re: Mr_Blastman]  
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Originally Posted by Mr_Blastman
You can still see the imprints made by the boards used to form the mold in which the concrete was poured on the rebar supports. I assume this is how these were made, at least, rather than layering slabs.



The RAF used those massive 20k lbs bombs on some of the U-boat pens and even those could not totally destroy them or even put them out of action for any prolonged period of time.


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#4575735 - 07/28/21 07:28 PM Re: Interesting film/history connection [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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I wonder how many slave laborers died building those for the Nazis?

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#4575754 - 07/28/21 10:42 PM Re: Interesting film/history connection [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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They use over 12 million slaves laborers so I will assume the number of deaths is huge.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_labour_under_German_rule_during_World_War_II

#4575800 - 07/29/21 10:41 AM Re: Interesting film/history connection [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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The German Army "Ost" battalions which consisted predominantly of POW's from the USSR and other Eastern European countries were also used to construct U-boat pens and many of the Normandy coast defenses.


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