Austria Seeks Use For Flak Towers

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Austria Seeks Use For Flak Towers

Post by Annelie » 13 May 2002 11:05

Vienna officials are looking for ways to use the flak towers throughout the city.One, which houses an aquarium, is used as a recreational climbing wall.

Sixty years later six concrete flak towers are looking for new uses for the massive structures. Although there have been many suggestions Klaus Steiner an engineer at the municipal planning department in charge of studying alternatives uses says, "these buildings were not built to fulfill anything beyond their military purpose. Interesting site

http://www.reichruins.simonides.org/vienna.htm

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Post by Raf » 16 May 2002 08:44

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Post by Marcus » 17 May 2002 10:43

Welcome to the forum.

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Post by Ken Jasper » 17 May 2002 14:21

If any member has a chance to visit Vienna, check out those flak towers, they are impressive, particularly the one in the Augarten.

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Augarten Tor

Post by Erich » 17 May 2002 19:33

visited Wien in 1980 but never got across river. What actually is now housed in the Augarten facility......shops and restaurants correct ?

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Post by Ken Jasper » 17 May 2002 20:06

Erich,

I was last there in 1989. Nothing was in the tower then. It was fenced off, but you could still get quite close to it. It was pockmarked with shell holes apparently from the fighting in Vienna during the last days of the war.

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flak turms

Post by MadJim » 18 May 2002 06:35

When I visited there one was fairly close to the hotel - it was simply huge. I was told that they were so well constructed that blowing them up would require destroying much of the buildings in the surrounding area. I took some pictures- they are around here somewhere - rustle, rustle... :monkee:

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Post by Ken Jasper » 18 May 2002 06:42

What you were told about destroying the towers is correct. Other fortifications from the war are also still in Austria. Next time you pass through Linz on the train look for the pillboxes in the marshalling yards. You can't get to them. of course, but they are still visable,,

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Post by Pumpkin » 18 May 2002 13:25

What is a flak tower? Why would anyone put AA guns in huge towers? (Was it for fighting strifing airplanes rather than high altutude bombers?)

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Post by Marcus » 18 May 2002 13:28

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A book on the topic: "The Flak Towers in Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna" by Michael Foedrowitz.

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Post by Ken Jasper » 18 May 2002 14:08

Marcus,

That is a great book, I have it in my library along with dozens of photos I took myself.

Pumpkin,

The towers were primarily for use against high altitude bombers. They enabled the Germans to concentrate a large number of guns in built-up urban areas.

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Vienna flak Towers......

Post by Erich » 18 May 2002 17:12

The Wien Flak Tor were essentially a thorn in the flesh of the B-17/B-24 formations of the 15th Air Force. Pick this book up as it will give you a good overall and (cheap) reference of the Flak towers in Wien, Berlin and Hamburg.
There are at least two other expensive volumes in existance.......
A couple of sites that I think still work are:

http://www.geheimprojeckte.at check the other links at this site......

http://www.flaktuerme.de

http://webinsel.lion.cc/spitzbergen/180 ... tuerme.htm

what is unique about these big towers is that they housed in their final armament versions the big twin 128mm's. And as far as Vienna is concerned I do believe that all the towers still remain intact.

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Revised link.....

Post by Erich » 18 May 2002 17:37

Please omit the first link I gave and use the following......

http://www.geheimprojekte.at/

at the front page go to Luftwaffe. Check the box and you will find a nice map of Austria and it's flak zones. You can check each ring and find some basic info on the manned Flak units as well as the larger cities losses. Example......greater part of Vienna attacked 53 times by the 15 th Air Force, etc.
Also on the front page check the Literature box as there are some excellent titles listed.

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2 books and a link......

Post by Erich » 18 May 2002 17:57

A couple more publications I found for you all !

Flaktürme by Hans Sakkers, Verlag Fortress Books 112 pages with photos, and great book from what I have been told.
ISBN # 90-7639601-9
at http://www.fortress-books.com/ Dutch publication 35 to 45 E

Bunker, Luftschutz und Luftschutzbau in Hamburg 2001 from Christian Schmidt Verlag Hamburg
144 pages, large format
ISBN # 3-7672-1385-0 German publication 15 E

another link:

http://www.lostplaces.de covers Gefechtsturm VI

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