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Project Riese, Wroclaw

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Riese is the code name for a construction project of Nazi Germany in 1943–45, consisting of seven underground structures located in the Owl Mountains and Książ Castle in Lower Silesia, previously Germany, now a territory of Poland.None of them were finished; all are in different states of completion with only a small percentage of tunnels reinforced by concrete.The purpose of the project remains uncertain because of lack of documentation. Some sources suggest that all the structures were part of the Führer Headquarters; according to others, it was a combination of HQ and arms industry but comparison to similar facilities can indicate that only the castle was adapted as an HQ or other official residence and the tunnels in the Owl Mountains were planned as a network of underground factories.The construction work was done by forced labourers, POWs, and prisoners of concentration camps, and many lost their lives mostly as a result of disease and malnutrition.HistoryIn the presence of the increasing Allied air raids Nazi Germany relocated a large part of its strategic armaments production into safer regions including the District of Sudetenland. Plans to protect critical infrastructure also involved transfer of the arms factories to underground bunkers and construction of the air-raid shelters for government officials.
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  • Project Riese various prisons several times and each time the size and impressive history. But I would like to note that this is how it will be received very depends on the guides, which do not always want to tell stories.
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  • The rumours surrounding the intention of these unfinished caves may well be one of those things to which we will never know the answer but visiting the complex enables you to understand the vastness o...  read more »
  • Today known seven tunnels in the Owl mountains, forming part of the complex of Riese: River, Jugowice, Vlodaž, Sable, sokolets, Osuvka, the beautiful castle. The tunnels have a similar structure. Three galleries of today are available for tourists: Osuvka, Vlodaž, Walim. The magnitude of work was enormous. An interesting visit to the galleries, but all tired at the end of the tour.
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