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Kriegsmarine Naval Group North HQ, Sengwarden, Germany

Facilities & Installations

The heavily camouflaged headquarters of Kriegsmarine Naval Group North at Sengwarden was imaged on 14 April 1945 (Graphic 1). Prior to August 1940, the installation, near Wilhelmshaven, housed Naval Group West which moved to Paris. The presence of an Adcock Direction Finding (D/F) station confirmed Segwarden also housed an element of the Naval Intelligence Service, B-Dienst, which was responsible for the interception, decoding and analysis of enemy communications

Located 8 km northwest of Wilhelmshaven, the Sengwarden headquarters was composed of an administrative area with five buildings and a support area with 20 barracks,10 of them temporary (not shown). According to Wikipedia, the complex featured a large command bunker constructed for Naval Group West. The bunker was located beneath the main headquarters building and its courtyard. Numerous communication antennas were installed around the headquarters. A four-element Adcock direction-finding (D/F) antenna --part of the B-Dienst network for monitoring enemy naval activity--was permanently deployed 200 meters to the southwest. D/F stations associated with Sengwarden were located at List, Cuxhaven and Borkum.

Elaborate steps had been taken to conceal the identity of the Sengwarden complex: fake roads composed of camouflage material were installed over the main headquarters and an adjacent building in an attempt to make the area look like a farm. A personnel entrance to the headquarters building and bunker could be seen at the end of one camouflage segment. Additionally, a 100 x 50-meter area at the north end of the complex had been camouflaged to appear to be part of an adjoining hardstand of parade ground. Three vehicle-size entrances suggest that the area was used by equipment of some kind.

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