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Were there so many flak sites and fighter bases around them???
Or didn't they know about Berchtesgaden and Wolfschanze... (not likely)
Or send special forces or anything - there were enough 'suicide'missions on the allied
side so..... anyone???
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Why didn't the allies ever bombed Berchtesgaden or the Wolfschanze?!?
I thought we did bomb Berchtesgarden? I will admit I can't find anything on the internet, but I was there a couple of times, 1977 and 1984 and I thought that the tour guide on one of the trips stated that the place had been bombed in World War II. Below one of the hotels there is a bomb shelter, very steep steps and very deep. It was never finished but it was a very large bomb shelter, with many rooms
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Jarnob wrote:Why didn't the allies ever bombed Berchtesgaden or the Wolfschanze?!?
The reply is quite simple: It would have been useless.
When the Allies got the capacity to bomb Berchtesgaden, i.e. early 1942 (If I am not wrong), Adolf Hitler more or less never visited it up to the end of the war.
He was there quite often before 1940 but spent almost all his time during the war between Berlin and frontlines.
And the Allies intelligence services knew it.
Even from a "symbol" point of view, better bomb Berlin.
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Among the first Allied troops to reach Berchtesgaden in april 1945 was the 2.DB, the French 2nd armoured division of General Leclerc.
Some obscure american units reached it few hours (Minutes?) before.
Forgot the name.
Bloody biaised french nationalism.
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Not sure about that.
Ik wonder of there is a good website about Berchtesgaden?
Could not Finder it untill now
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Anyone attacking the Berghof in a surprise Commando or Special Services raid, they weren't known as Special Forces then, would've have had no chance of success. Hitler's was known to use doubles and as mentioned spent his time vacillating between many Führerhauptquartiere making a bombing raid less likely to kill him if they could even reach it from bases in England or the Mediterranean at that time. As for Wolfschanze in Poland Eisenhower would likely have left that to the Soviets.
Here are two photographs from May 4 1945 showing correctly that it was indeed bombed although as mentioned late in the war.
For further reading there are currently 317 pages detailing Berghof Obersalzburg
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