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Urban exploration. Monte Soratte: tunnel rats in Nazi gold hunt

Urban exploration. Monte Soratte: tunnel rats in Nazi gold hunt
Monte Soratte: a maze of subterranean galleries and stories of treasure hunters, intrigue and the legendary gold of the Nazi Field Marshal Albert Kesselring
The Soratte is a mountain rich of mystery and history. According to locals, the line of its crest would resemble the profile of Benito Mussolini (Mount of the Duce, author’s note): the mountain and its legends entrails, intrigues and mysteries continue to walk a tight maze of tunnels.
Fortress eighteenth century meters high at forty kilometers from Rome Soratte hosts, on the surface, a lush nature park and in the belly a maze of tunnels, built since 1937. After the armistice of 8 September 1943 and followed the occupation of German troops, the structure becomes the command center of the OKW (Wehrmacht Ober Kommando); Then, after the war, the continuing military activities with NATO (on the access gates to the bunker and tunnel is clearly visible the four-pointed star). According to some sources, up to 70 Mt was supposed to host the leaders of the Italian government in case of nuclear attack.
Mystery In the night between 1 and 2 April 1944, a column of trucks of SS comes from the nearby town of Sant’Oreste at the foot of the Soratte, with the headlights off.
Aboard seventy-eight cases; ground, eighteen soldiers who download the material and hidden in the mountain. Gunfire and an explosion: the crates end up still underground along with porters, “witnesses” uncomfortable. But, under the corpses, still it moves someone who ….
… A few years after the end of the war it gets caught by the Italian authorities while digging near the church of Sant’Oreste. In his “Nazis on the run” (Mondadori, 2014) Arrigo Petacco reconstructs the story of Willy Vogt: only team survivor buried with crates, Vogt is careful not to go back to the department and deserts. Before walking away from the mountain, however, hides in the church a map with directions to get back to the place of burial. And to take revenge
The bad end “gold hunters” who escaped the massacre has the map and authorization of Italians to dig, provided that recognizes any findings to our Government. The German returns for a short time in Germany, with a promise to get to work as soon as possible to recover the material. Yeah, but that’s in the boxes? Twenty-three of the one hundred and seventeen tons of gold stolen by German troops, precious from the Bank of Italy and the pockets of the Roman Jews, persecuted and deported. If the map is the “X” where to dig, Willy the pick will never plant it: gather the charred in his car, in Hamburg. Accident? Who knows! Our meanwhile, do not make progress, and in 1962 the Ministry of Defense decided to ban any excavation operation in the area.
The real treasure of the Soratte is the natural park, accessible with a ticket a few Euros with the visit to the galleries. Yeah, because some of those tunnels has been returned to the public interest by the Free Cultural Association Santorestese “Bunker Soratte” And, believe me, it is a real treat for us “urban explorer” enthusiasts. Like tunnel rats of the Vietnam War, I move in “underground” of history, crossing testimonies of different eras: the writing on the wall surfaces that called for calm and silence (1940-1943 period); signs in German and trucks and Allied arms. World War II and the Cold War “told” by helmets, suits, jeep, anti-aircraft batteries, machinery sometimes perfectly preserved, sometimes devoured by time and rust.
Council? Go there, it’s worth it. And maybe, before turning on the engine and set the browser, you scroll through the gallery of the Association, just to let you be the healthy one watering curiosity that never hurts. If, then, you would like to learn more about the story of Vogt and gold Kesselring, besides the aforementioned “Nazis on the run”, get Italy, Treasure Land (Petacco, De Santis, de Agostini Geographical Institute, 1987) and L ‘island of Kesselring. The Monte Soratte galleries and daily life in Sant’Oreste 1943-1944 (Apeiron Publishers, 2002) Viviana Scarinci.
Achtung! What to add? Have fun, but do not bullshit: although in (apparent) surrender, what belongs to the civil and military state property is inviolable. And one mistake could cost you dearly … other than gold Kesselring
Monte Soratte: a maze of subterranean galleries and stories of treasure hunters, intrigue and the legendary gold of the Nazi Field Marshal Albert Kesselring
The Soratte is a mountain rich of mystery and history. According to locals, the line of its crest would resemble the profile of Benito Mussolini (Mount of the Duce, author’s note): the mountain and its legends entrails, intrigues and mysteries continue to walk a tight maze of tunnels.
Fortress eighteenth century meters high at forty kilometers from Rome Soratte hosts, on the surface, a lush nature park and in the belly a maze of tunnels, built since 1937. After the armistice of 8 September 1943 and followed the occupation of German troops, the structure becomes the command center of the OKW (Wehrmacht Ober Kommando); Then, after the war, the continuing military activities with NATO (on the access gates to the bunker and tunnel is clearly visible the four-pointed star). According to some sources, up to 70 Mt was supposed to host the leaders of the Italian government in case of nuclear attack.
Mystery In the night between 1 and 2 April 1944, a column of trucks of SS comes from the nearby town of Sant’Oreste at the foot of the Soratte, with the headlights off.
Aboard seventy-eight cases; ground, eighteen soldiers who download the material and hidden in the mountain. Gunfire and an explosion: the crates end up still underground along with porters, “witnesses” uncomfortable. But, under the corpses, still it moves someone who ….
… A few years after the end of the war it gets caught by the Italian authorities while digging near the church of Sant’Oreste. In his “Nazis on the run” (Mondadori, 2014) Arrigo Petacco reconstructs the story of Willy Vogt: only team survivor buried with crates, Vogt is careful not to go back to the department and deserts. Before walking away from the mountain, however, hides in the church a map with directions to get back to the place of burial. And to take revenge
The bad end “gold hunters” who escaped the massacre has the map and authorization of Italians to dig, provided that recognizes any findings to our Government. The German returns for a short time in Germany, with a promise to get to work as soon as possible to recover the material. Yeah, but that’s in the boxes? Twenty-three of the one hundred and seventeen tons of gold stolen by German troops, precious from the Bank of Italy and the pockets of the Roman Jews, persecuted and deported. If the map is the “X” where to dig, Willy the pick will never plant it: gather the charred in his car, in Hamburg. Accident? Who knows! Our meanwhile, do not make progress, and in 1962 the Ministry of Defense decided to ban any excavation operation in the area.
The real treasure of the Soratte is the natural park, accessible with a ticket a few Euros with the visit to the galleries. Yeah, because some of those tunnels has been returned to the public interest by the Free Cultural Association Santorestese “Bunker Soratte” And, believe me, it is a real treat for us “urban explorer” enthusiasts. Like tunnel rats of the Vietnam War, I move in “underground” of history, crossing testimonies of different eras: the writing on the wall surfaces that called for calm and silence (1940-1943 period); signs in German and trucks and Allied arms. World War II and the Cold War “told” by helmets, suits, jeep, anti-aircraft batteries, machinery sometimes perfectly preserved, sometimes devoured by time and rust.
Council? Go there, it’s worth it. And maybe, before turning on the engine and set the browser, you scroll through the gallery of the Association, just to let you be the healthy one watering curiosity that never hurts. If, then, you would like to learn more about the story of Vogt and gold Kesselring, besides the aforementioned “Nazis on the run”, get Italy, Treasure Land (Petacco, De Santis, de Agostini Geographical Institute, 1987) and L ‘island of Kesselring. The Monte Soratte galleries and daily life in Sant’Oreste 1943-1944 (Apeiron Publishers, 2002) Viviana Scarinci.
Achtung! What to add? Have fun, but do not bullshit: although in (apparent) surrender, what belongs to the civil and military state property is inviolable. And one mistake could cost you dearly … other than gold Kesselring!