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Hitler's Hideout Captured by 80th


“With the U.S. 80th Division In Germany, April 3, 1945 (AP)


A fabulous rock-hewn “eagles nest” from which Hitler masterminded the conquest of France has fallen to Americans.


The mountain hideaway of a thousand air-conditioned chambers-which must stand in the class with Berchtesgaden-was captured by the 80th Division at Zandenheim, just west of the famed resort center of Bad Nauheim.


The place, called the “Adlerhorst”, was so well concealed that doughboys thought at first they had come Into possession of just another winery.



Hitler spent much of his time there in 1940 when he frequently was accompanied by Joachim von Ribbentrop, Heinrich Himmler, Rudolf Hess and Martin Bormann, deputy leader of the Nazi party.  Each had gaudily appointed suites of rooms.


Field Marshal Karl von Rundstedt dwelt in the Adlerhorst while plotting the Ardennes offensive of last December.  Later the quarters were inherited by Field Marshal Kesselring, who succeded Von Rundstedt as German commander on the western front.  Kesselring's tenancy was cut short by the arrival of the Americans.”


[Then the following Day]


Hitler’s Western Hideout Captured


“With the U.S. 80th Division in Germany, April 4, 1945 (AP)


A mountain hideout of a thousand air-conditioned rooms, where Hitler masterminded the conquest of France and Field Marshal von Rundstedt plotted his Ardennes Offensive has been captured by the Americans.  In a class with Berchtesgaden, the rock-hewn retreat called the Alderhorst, is at Zandenhim, west of the famed resort center of Bad Nauheim.  Hitler spent much of his time there in 1940, accompanied by other Nazi bigwigs.  The latest high ranking occupant was field Marshal Kesselring, who succeded von Rundstedt as German western front commander.


The rooms and their three-mile long connecting corridors were hewn from solid rock near the top of a mountain, on which rests the remains of the ancient Siegenhain castle.  Huge power-operated steel doors in innocent looking log cabins barred the entrance to the retreat.


Hitler’s quarters and those of other Nazi leaders were built around the rim of the underground city, giving them outside exposures and rustic terraces invisible from the air or the countryside below.”



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