I was a well defended military headquarters or Fuhrerhauptquartier constructed for
Adolf Hitler on the border between France and Belgium. It was one of
the key outposts for control of the German army, Wehrmacht. Its name can
be translated as "Wolf's ravine" or a "gorge". As other of Hitler's
bunkers Wolfsschlucht I was constructed by Organisation Todt, German
engineer corp of the German military, that started construction in May 1940. Adolf Hitler stayed here on 6- 24 June 1940
while Battle of France was raging just beyond the border. According
to eye witnesses leader or Fuhrer of the Third Reich preferred to
stay outdoor as he complained mosquito infestation was too annoying
to stay indoors.
I area was protected by 26 officers, 185 non- commissioned officers and
750 soldiers. Its air defences included three flak batteries
including 10.5 cm Flak, 3.7 Flak battery and a 2- inch battery. In
combination of mine fields, barb wires, machine gun nests and
bunkers it was a fortress of he 20th century.
II in France Wolfsschlucht I is well preserved and open for the
tourists. History museum inside is dedicated to the Western Campaign
as well as Resistance. Near a Hitler's bunker, keepers re- built a
replica of huts of partisans.