Rudi Rolf has left us

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Rudi Rolf has left us

Post by Dirk Peeters1 » 29 Aug 2021 12:09

the great writer of many books has left us , he left us many good books and did a wonderfull research for the Regelbauten and other things . He was one of the first real writers of the Atlantikwall , I ll remember Rudi , we spend a week together with Hans Sakkers in the nineties in the Bundesarchiv in Freiburg , I ll remember also the nights spend after our resarch their in the pubs of Freiburg , specialy the Rattenkeller , i had the privilige that he visited my archive and i also visited him in his house , a great loss for the bunkerworld
Rip Rudi

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Re: Rudi Rolf has left us

Post by VanillaNuns » 29 Aug 2021 12:14

I am very sorry for your personal loss and also someone who was a specialist in his field of expertise and happy to share his knowledge with fellow enthusiasts.

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Post by Eax-E » 29 Aug 2021 12:59

We lost one of our main authors. His books are definitely references for german fortification enthusiasts.
Rip and thanks for your job.

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Post by SEMPER-FIDELIS » 29 Aug 2021 18:11

The REFERENCE in this little world

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Post by Jihem » 29 Aug 2021 23:02

When begining, I used to have always in my pocket his book « Atlantic Wall Typology » which was often a precious help in the field.
Rip Rudi Rolf

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Post by jopaerya » 30 Aug 2021 07:43

May he rest in peace .

Great lost for our bunker-world , our guru .
Condolences to his family and friends .

Regards Jos
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Re: Rudi Rolf has left us

Post by Bo2 » 30 Aug 2021 07:57

It is a loss for all lovers of fortifications.
His pocket-sized books have been and will be a reference for a long time for use in the field !


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Post by AW » 30 Aug 2021 11:55

RIP "Sir Beton"

thx for your geat work!
I will cherish all your books


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Post by moonraker » 30 Aug 2021 15:52

hello all,
Sad new,a bunker scholar has disappeared.
Condolences to his family and friends .

Me belfra-team

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Re: Rudi Rolf has left us

Post by TH » 30 Aug 2021 19:02

Reading his books, I keep wondering how he managed to visit so many places in so few years. It's like he visited the whole Atlantikwall in the 80s.
His early books may have been the most influential for our community, but I also quite like his more recent works and was hoping for more.

Definitely a great loss, my condolences.

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Post by Chazette » 01 Sep 2021 13:34

RiP Rudi you are with the Angels

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Post by Hans1906 » 01 Sep 2021 19:06

Even without having known the author and the man, your topic touches me.

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Dich an die Stunde, in welcher Du
mich am liebsten hattest.
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Re: Rudi Rolf has left us

Post by herring » 01 Sep 2021 23:43

In my case, his "blue book" was a gate to the bunkerworld...
What he did was a great analytical work, putting together multiple threads and making a coherent pictures of different fortification systems. A great loss.

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Re: Rudi Rolf has left us

Post by 20P7 » 02 Sep 2021 06:31

What a loss to the circle of fortification friends!

I never meet him, but had email contact occasionally about some AW Norway tasks.
Thirty years ago I started this hobby and from the time I started interest in the AW his collection of standard design bunker drawings joined me nearly every trip and really helped a lot! You all have already mentioned nearly the same experiences.
But I also would like to focus your interest on RR's very excellent books about the imperial Austrian fortification and the German imperial fortification system. I read lots of books and original sources about those aspects of fortification too, but from my point of view Mr. Rolf was the first author to bring all the information about those fortification systems together in one book to get a very good overall view and understanding of the development, the needs and leftovers of those lines.

Last but not least let us not forget his overall view of the German fortification system from 1871 - 1945. This book, just called as simple as "Atlantikwall, Batteries and Bunkers" is the standard work. You can compare it with the importance of encyclopedia in times before the internet.

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