Hitler's Generator on Kehlstein Running
What tourists of Berchtesgaden usually don't get to see. A rare view of the U-Boot diesel engine and the emergency generator at the Eagle's Nest in action. Kurdirektion staff member and chief engineer Herbert Eglauer und his team demonstrate a periodic test run of the antique submarine engine. The smaller machine with a belt is the air compressor, which keeps the airtanks under steady pressure. Air pressure is needed to start the huge diesel engine. This is a view of the procedure get the emergency power system working. The sturdy contruction still works perfecly after many decades. The diesel motor was built by MAN (Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg) The generator was built by Siemens Schukert. Which belongs to an unseen section of the Kehlsteinhaus. The facilty is located on the Kehlstein mountain in Berchtesgaden. The underground installation is closed to the general public. It is located by the bus parking lot where the tunnel leads to the elevator. An emergency generator was installed, in case the municipal power line was to fail. The municipal power line was installed underground for better protection and less impact on the landscape. Such independent power plants are common for bunkers and military installations. To learn more about the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle's Nest): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzSawVSV5l8 The Kehlsteinhaus was commissioned by Martin Bormann, with construction proceeding over a 13-month period. It was completed in the summer of 1938, prior to its formal presentation to Hitler on his 50th birthday on April 20, 1939. It is situated on a ridge at the top of the Kehlstein mountain 1,834 m reached by a 6.5 km long and 4 m wide road that cost 30 million RMs to build (about 150 million euros in 2007, adjusted in line with inflation). It includes five tunnels but only one hairpin turn and climbs 800 m. Today the building is owned by a charitable trust, and serves as a restaurant. The restaurant features an indoor dining area and an outdoor beer garden. It is a popular tourist attraction, particularly for Britons, Canadians and Americans attracted by the historical significance of the "Eagle's Nest". The house can be reached on foot (two hours of walking) or by bus from Obersalzberg, the road having been closed to normal traffic since 1952. Sometimes referred to as "Teahouse" or "Teehaus". In fact the correct term was "D-Haus", short for "Diplomatischer Empfangshaus". It was built as an extension of the Obersalzberg complex erected by the Nazis in the mountains above Berchtesgaden. The Kehlsteinhaus was intended as a 50th birthday present for Adolf Hitler to serve as a retreat for Hitler and place for him to entertain visiting dignitaries The Phantom of Obersalzberg
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