• Short Summary

    The entrance to a tunnel system used by the Nazis during the war was recently discovered in the vicinity of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin.

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    The entrance to a tunnel system used by the Nazis during the war was recently discovered in the vicinity of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin.

    The tunnels, which cross under the Soviet War Memorial, run under the strasse des 17 Juni (17th July Street), and are believed to have been part of a street system planned by Reichsminister Albert Speer during the planned reconstruction of Berlin just before the war.

    The systems consists of two separate road tunnels, both 30 feet (10 metres) long by 42 feet (14 metres) wide, and a longer tunnel believed to have been planed for an underground railway.

    Though no plans or maps of the system could be found in the city's archives, it is believed that during World war II strategic material was stored in the tunnels. One of the tunnels may have been constructed in the last days of the war, when the Strasse des 17 Juni (then known as Charlottenburger Chaussee) was used as a runway system for Luftwaffe planes flying to the besieged city, and the tunnel used as headquarters for a Luftwaffe group captain. A sign found in the tunnel reads: 'Oberstaffelfuehrer und Regiments Kommanduer.

    Berlin construction experts say that the tunnel system is of a most advanced and modern construction, and could have been built today.

    Journalists were shown around the system today, (22 July).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9CB46AK6VUB9R08QNO5D71GH4
    Media URN:
    VLVA9CB46AK6VUB9R08QNO5D71GH4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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