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.
GV Russian war memorial, PAN to Strasse 17 des Juni
MV British military police looking at map of tunnel system
CU Map of system
MV British Army officer looking through binoculars
LV Brandenburg Gate
SV Journalists enter tunnel system (2 shots)
MV Journalists inside tunnels
MV MPs in tunnel
MV Journalists PAN to buried entrance
SV Journalist near buried entrance
SV journalists inside tunnel (3 shots)
MV Construction engineers
MV Berlin police officer, PAN to journalists
MV sign in German
SV Military police board Land-Rover, which drives off towards Brandenburg Gate
SV Russian war memorial
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Background: 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).