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Luftnachrichten Command Posts & Bunkers

Facilities & Installations

This article focuses on the facilities used by the Luftwaffe Intelligence Service (Luftnachtrichtendienst) to control Germany’s air defense network. Set up for night- and day-fighter control, these command posts filtered information about enemy aircraft from an extensive radar network (Flugmeldmess), coordinated data and directed a timely response.

The 6 September coverage showed the Falkensee plant in mid-stage construction. The production halls and a power plant were externally complete, but rail, power and water infrastructure were still unfinished. Despite the ongoing construction, attempts were already being made to disguise the plant from the air by applying camouflage netting to simulate street patterns (Graphic 2). Camouflage work was still in progress, as sections of netting were laid on the ground west of the plant. Netting also appeared to have been laid intermittently across a nearby small lake.

Although the main ALKETT facilities were not covered on 6 September, a probably associated rail-served military depot (Graphic 3) was identified about 2 km to the east. The facility, very likely the ALKETT vehicle repair depot, consisted of two secured areas on either side of the Falkenseeer Chussee. A probable maintenance/repair facility on the north side of the road contained three large halls, several shop buildings and a rail loading facility, while an open storage area to the south contained hundreds of vehicles including many probable armored chassis.

There were two labor camps in the vicinity of the plant (Graphic 4). The camp nearest the annex, a subcamp of Sachsenhausen (Camp 1) was being expanded. The other (Camp 2) originated for a sand extraction pit in the mid-1930s. A large housing area to the north --which possibly also included forced labor housing-- was under construction to the north.

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