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  1. Thanks for the kind comments chaps :-) No problem at all with a mod deleting the thread if its not appropriate, I wasn't going to post it as your right there is no fence jumping required (thank god... electrified barb wire!) but there was another Auschwitz post when I searched so thought it may be of interest.
  2. This was a very emotional day spent exploring the two sites, humbling, harrowing but something I have always wanted to see for myself, to understand first hand the scale of the atrocities committed by the Nazis… I have to say though, even stood there in Birkenau looking along the platform site back at the gatehouse whilst you can take in the sheer size of the camp its just impossible to comprehend the numbers of people who lost their lives there. Walking through the site was chilling and incredibly emotional and even after almost a full day of walking around them both I doubt we saw half of it. It was a very low striking hazy sunlit morning so I shot both sites in black and white to try and capture the atmosphere and some of the striking shadows and lines. History At its peak of operation, Auschwitz consisted of several divisions. The original camp, known as Auschwitz I, housed between 15,000 and 20,000 political prisoners. Those entering its main gate were greeted with an infamous and ironic inscription: “Arbeit Macht Frei,” or “Work Makes You Free.” Auschwitz II, located in the village of Birkenau, or Brzezinka, was constructed in 1941 on the order of Heinrich Himmler (1900-45), commander of the “Schutzstaffel” (or Select Guard/Protection Squad, more commonly known as the SS), which operated all Nazi concentration camps and death camps. Birkenau, the biggest of the Auschwitz facilities, could hold some 90,000 prisoners. It also housed a group of bathhouses where countless people were gassed to death, and crematory ovens where bodies were burned. The majority of Auschwitz victims died at Birkenau. More than 40 smaller facilities, called subcamps, dotted the landscape and served as slave-labor camps. The largest of these subcamps, Monowitz, also known as Auschwitz III, began operating in 1942 and housed some 10,000 prisoners. During World War II more than 1 million people lost their lives at Auschwitz. In January 1945, with the Soviet army approaching, Nazi officials ordered the camp abandoned and sent an estimated 60,000 prisoners on a forced march to other locations. When the Soviets entered Auschwitz, they found thousands of emaciated detainees and piles of corpses left behind.
  3. Really great pics and write-up Do you mind me asking who you went with as a guide please, looking to head out in February but will be on my own and SoloEast seem to get good feedback for none groups?
  4. Thanks all... much appreciated :-) Yeah got to see quite a bit... I was being stalked around by a bloke in high vis who was presumably security patrolling but he kept slamming doors which was a bit un-nerving, on the plus side I sneakily doubled back on myself and everything that had been locked when I first got in was now unlocked so I presume I ended up following him lol!
  5. HMP Blundeston - Catagory B Well after spotting a report elsewhere from last week for HMP Blundeston I was a sad to discover I had missed out on it being open to local folk for a day at the weekend before being handed over to demo crews on Monday :-( I thought I’d still have a crack at it and can confirm its now locked up with high vis demo chaps wandering around inside and a JCB on site. It quickly became apparent a B&Q extendable ladder was not going to deal with the two 22ft steel perimeter fences and my jeans are not an adequate protection of a gentleman’s precious area against the rolled razor wire on top! So ‘’Operation Reverse Prison Break’’ was go go go… access is one way in one way out and involved me spending almost two hours squatting in a shrubbery waiting for the ‘window of opportunity’. Once in it immediately hits you how grim this place is... given that the last prison I wandered around (HMP Shrewsbury) was an old Victorian jail with bucket loads of natural light, bright walls and high ceilings, Blundeston despite being comparatively modern built in the 60's is dark, miserable and a depressing warren of corridors and tiny damp cells, some of which had four beds crammed in and sharing a single wing toilet between 12 cells! There is one modern block at the bottom of the site that’s a bit brighter. Prison Van vehicle bay with roof mounted mirror to check for them naughty buggers hiding on the top of vehicles trying to escape C-Wing looks to have been used for police fire arms training and dog searches Looking out from the kitchen across the central exercise area A four bed cell (I'm sat on the other bunk) with the luxury of a dedicated toilet, most single cells have no toilet and share a single on out on the wing…. Mmmmmm…. smells reeeeeal good. Prison officer observation box labelled ‘India 2’ The new block at the bottom of the site, looks a bit like Pontins for bad lads but with steel doors and bars on the windows Main front gate controls and door locks Single cell on one of the original 1960’s wings, tiny damp and miserable with a metal bed bolted to the floor A gentle reminder to the pie monsters painted on the wall in the food prep kitchen G Wing, cages over the windows to prevent stuff being launched at the officers Dem G wing boyz azgot proper rank cells innit Visitors room, covered in mirrors Access to the four stories of C Wing C wing cells, these have electronically opening cell doors Front exercise yard Main entrance prisoner reception with the holding tank opposite G wing double bunk cell Not a badly fitted carpet, the prison Mosque with all the rectangles facing Mecca Solitary confinement. This is the serious stuff, A double walled cell, build inside another cell. A hidden passage runs between the inner and outer cells where officers could access foot ladders built into the wall to climb and get on top of the cell to look in through ceiling mounted spy holes. This is because prisoners would wipe excellent excrement on the wall and door mounted spy holes to stop them being watched. On top of the inner solitary confinement cell Inside the solitary confinement cell
  6. One of the few complete fissile core safe units concreted within the floor of a safe house. This safe house has two safes in the ground side by side so would not have been used to store plutonium as they could not be kept within close proximity of each other. Most likely these safes would have contained cobalt cores used for testing the plutonium in the building five pics up. The explosives maintenance building. Gate watch tower in the distance, canteen building to the left, admin block to the right Underground water tank, 30,000 litres for firefighting. This was connected to a ring main which ran around the full inner pentagon to each quadrant of fissile core storage safe houses. Additionally each quadrant has one of four large water reserve pods which were also for firefighting. Just visible to the rear left is the RAF dog food prep building and behind that is the old kennels compound. Thanks for looking
  7. RAF Barnham Atomic Weapons Site – October 2016 Having read about the key part that RAF Barnham played in Britain’s cold war nuclear deterrent I had to get down there and see it for myself and have to say as old military sites go this cold war beauty was absolutely fascinating… it really is a place where time has stood still and it has a real cold war era feeling about it as you wander around. The day before setting off I had a refresher looking through the old photos of the site from the sixties online and decided just for nostalgia to photograph my wanderings in a similar format, 35mm, f1.4, black and white. I have done a bit more research when I got home to try and add some context to the photos. History Barnham Nuclear Storage Site was active during the early part of the Cold War and was one of only two such facilities built in the UK to store the BLUE DANUBE free fall nuclear bomb. The nuclear storage site was built during the mid 1950s to maintain the BLUE DANUBE away from the V-Bomber bases as well as holding the 'second strike' stock should nuclear war break out. On official records, Barnham Nuclear Weapon Storage Site was known as a "Special Storage Site" and served the 'southern' V-Force bomber airfields, occupied by No 94 Maintenance Unit (MU), with Faldingworth's 92 MU covering the 'northern' bases. Barnham went on to store the RED BEARD nuclear weapon which succeeded BLUE DANUBE. Ultimately, the depot had a relatively short life span, ceasing to be capable of holding nuclear weapons in the Summer 1963. How the site looked in 1955 when it was still very much top secret. The site today: Approach road to the main outer gate Main gate watchtower overlooking the approach road Internal concrete fence with no man’s land in front Batch of fifteen fissile core safe houses, this is one of three quadrants of such buildings within the inner pentagon. Watch tower three, there is one at each point of the pentagon positioned on the outer perimeter fence giving a clear view of the approach and no man’s land between outer and inner perimeter fences. Within no man’s land were hundreds of trip wires connected to flares. The outer perimeter fence was patrolled by RAF Police dog handlers who would check in at the towers. Top of the watch tower Looking down at the search ‘Speary’ light Watch tower four showing the no mans land between outer and inner perimeter fences. This is one of three high explosive storage buildings. This is where the actual bomb minus the fissile cores were stored. The veranda has a heavy duty crane joist underneath so bombs could be lifted from convoys and quickly transferred into the building. Looking at the front of high explosive bomb store 1 with its original blast doors Inside high explosive bomb store 1… still has its original “anti spark” flooring but has now been separated into separate units inside, it would originally have been a single enormous room with no internal walls, only support pillars. High explosive bomb store 1 from the rear to give an idea of scale. All the walls are not bonded to the support pillars, the idea being in the event of an explosion the walls are blown out, collected by the adjacent blast banks and the roof stays on. Watchtower 5 One of the 57 Fissile core safe house with the Nuclear sign on the door This building is located in the centre of the inner pentagon. It is where plutonium cores were assessed and maintained. The blast wall is to protect the building from explosions in the adjacent high explosive bomb stores, not from within the building itself. A combination lock on one of the 57 fissile core safe houses The door alarm trigger fitted on every frame of each of the fissle core safe houses. In the event of a door being opened, an alarm would trigger in the guard house. All door opening had to be pre-approved so the guard house knew in advance. If the alarm triggered without prior approval all hell broke loose… dogs, guns etc… External alarm and power system components on each of the fissile safe houses
  8. Cheers all.... yeah very relaxed way to see the place... I have my eye on another prison up north but after the first visit there it became apparent a return trip with an extendable ladder will be required lol!
  9. Entrance to visitors room Visitors room The prison doctors room Entrance to workshops Prisoner workshops Visitor glass bays x 4 New prisoner reception area THE HANGING ROOM - Shrewsbury has over 30 unmarked graves in the grounds. 10 bodies were re-burried when the sports hall was built and hangings took place in this room up until 1960. The area floor boarded would have been the drop trapdoors with the leave in the recessed section. A-Wing sowing Royal Mail sacks back in the good old days! A-Wing just prior to closure
  10. HMP Shrewsbury So HMP Shrewsbury shut down in 2013… it sat empty for a good while before being bought by a property developer. It’s now going through the planning consultation stages with a number of options being considered and according to local news sites will be sealed up for work to start after Christmas for conversion to student accommodation. In the meantime it has a guy caretaking it for the developers and in return gets to run events and tours or you can just turn up, throw them fifteen quid and have the place to yourself. It’s not a museum at all, other than a few scraps of paper stuck doors telling you which toilet to use its exactly as it was when it was shut down complete with shit stained cell toilets and porn on the walls and to be honest I was wandering around thinking it’s amazing the developers let anyone just wander in unaccompanied as the place is an absolute health and safety nightmare. I was in there for four hours ducking under ropes to stroll through the various sections which were supposed to be closed off and never saw a single other person… literally had the entire prison to myself… it really was a smashing way to spend the afternoon. Anyway, permission visit so wouldn’t normally post but seeing as its not had a report before, will probably be gone very soon thought I would post them up as the current plan seems to be for it to be converted into fancy student accommodation in the very near future. Report explaining what each photo of is can be found on my homepage doobery www.derpage.com/hmp This is C-Wing – single sided, previously used to house women and more recently sex offenders… Prisoners being transferred out at closure A-Wing three tier double sided cells… double bunks in each
  11. I cant cope with carrying bags of kit about lol, so after much saving I bought and now use a Sony A7s which is full frame and geared to low light photography in company with a single very fast lens, a Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 :-)
  12. B29 Superfortress ''Overexposed'' I had a meander across Bleaklow moors that ended up with me completely lost sinking in boggy peat and going around in circles with a setting sun hunting for the crash site of B29 Superfortress named ‘’Overexposed’’. Overexposed was fitted out as a reconnaissance aircraft and filmed all the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. The B29 crashed in 1948 killing all 13 airmen on board, but sixty odd years on many major structural spars remain, undercarriage struts, pulley wheels for internal control cables, and even large sections of the light aluminium alloy from which the fuselage was constructed, have survived the ravishes of the Bleaklow weather. The most instantly recognisable parts of the aeroplane are the four 18-cylinder Wright R-3350-23 engines, still in a remarkable state of preservation. Its thought that she was flown into the ground by instrument malfunction and/or pilot error. Full set on my homepage http://www.derpage.com/b29-superfortress Was getting a bit dark by the time I staggered back to the road!