Lychen-2  

Himmelpfort

Sonderwaffenlager

T-7  4001 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This hidden place is one of the two central nuclear rocket store depot’s, of the former Russian Military Power in the DDR.

 Lychen-2 near Himmelpfort the T-7 4001 

and Stolzenhain the T-7 5001.

They where some of the most guarded and concealed installations from the Cold War times. The Camp was concealed by a big fence. Inside was a living area and a place for the equipment like: SS-1C-Scud-B Yedinichka, SS-21_Totschka and SS-12 Temp.  (alone the NVA hat 252 Mobile launch platforms and the Russian the multiple.)Inside the camp was at an inconspicuous place,  with another well closed area.A big wall is surrounding this compound inside another fence with high tension thread.In this area are 2 Bunkers, each could contain 90 nuclear warheads. If the front gate opened, Moscow knew but when the 40 cm thick door opened,all kind  off alarms went off. To prevent this the personnel used a separate tunnel from the officer mess, underneath the fence near the bunkers to avoid that the alarms went off. Through the years of the Cold War security services where very interested in this places. They are very hard to find.Most of the time they are well concealed in the forest.In those years there was no “Google Earth”.In the 1960`s and 70`s the USAF had to fly in to the Warsaw Pack countries.With a SR-71 or other spy Aircraft.You can imagine it was almost impossible to find in those day’s. Now in the year 2007, if you know where to look, it’s easy to find on Google.But to find for real is a complete other story! The Russian had 31 nuclear storage depots in the DDR. 21 of them for the Army with as well nuclear rockets and artillery shells.Two of them ” The Rocket Brigades” are at Drachhausen and Oschats. The 5th Army with more than 10 Rocket Brigades are at: Born, Altengrabow, Kochstedt, Wurzen, Arnstad, Weißenfels, Gentzrode, Neustrelitz, Jüterbog and Fürstenwalde. Further more there where 4 depots only for nuclear artillery shells at: Torgau,  Zeithain and Neuthymen. And 10 for the Air Force which are stationed near 4-10 km or on the airbases Nobitz, Altes Lager, Brand, Großenhain, Finsterwalde, Groß Dölln, Lärz, Werneuchen,  and Neuruppin.

The territory of the former DDR was   nuclear free by the 29 June 1991. 

In November 2011 unfortunately  the launched the demolition of Lychen-2
Most trees have been uprooted.
It will unfortunately not be long and the whole  instalie
will be gone!

Now the Russians have gone it’s still hard to find the right info to make an accurate report over the installations.

 If you have info please let us know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First of all, I do not believe the stories about hundreds of missiles and their mobile launchers kept at the base years ago. The base is not that big to accommodate that bunch of rocket equipment and stuff. I do believe that the base was a place to store and maintain the warheads and auxiliary equipment required for the Soviet Rocket Troops and Air Force disposed in the DDR by that time. When I was there I did not see ANY sign of heavy tractors or other associated equipment. So, when you drive/come to the base the first thing you can see is a check point building. This is Check Point I. The guard (there were two guards on shift) stops you there, asks you about the purpose of your visit, checks your documents and notifies the base duty officer about your visit. Upon permission, you drive in. While you are driving to Check Point II, you can see the living quarters for the base officers and the members of their families. You can also see a small guest house (hotel) for persons on business trips, VIP and inspection officers. You get to the fenced area with large gates. This is Check Point II. The guard checks your documents again and lets the duty officer know about you. Upon permission, you drive in. This is a Living Area. At the left, you can see a stadium, obstacle zone and a huge building. The building accommodates a gym, library, training rooms for sergeants and senior soldiers and a small café for soldiers and sergeants. At the right, far off, you can see warehouse structures for foodstuff, uniform, construction materials and other stuff; close to you there is a boiling plant (heating station) with coal storage area. Then another huge building goes which accommodates a club/canteen for officers, cinema, grocery store, shop and a post office. Behind the building there are drill field, podium for the base command and another building with training rooms inside. Then, at the left, you can see another building accommodating the military barracks, communication centre, canteen for soldiers and sergeants (for cold seasons), headquarters and small hospital. In the basement, there are storages for uniform, boots, beddings and other stuff. There are also shower cubicles for soldiers and sergeants. Behind the building there are another canteen for soldiers and sergeants (for warm seasons), small underground storage for vegetables and stuff, and a small bomb shelter. At the right, in front of the building, there are rows of open and closed shelters (garages) for heavy duty trucks and special vehicles, workshops, vehicle wash facility, and a gas station. By that time, we had URAL-375 trucks (6x6), ZiL-131 trucks (6x6), GaZ-66 trucks (4x4), few Uaz-469 cars (4x4) and some special vehicles like truck cranes (mounted on URAL-375 chassis), communication vehicles  (mounted on ZiL-131 and GaZ-66 chassis) and mobile command centres (mounted on URAL-375 and ZiL-131). Then you drive to another fenced area with large gates. This is Special Secured Technical Area. When you drive in, you can see three rows of barbed wire fencing and special exclusion zone. One of the fences was an electrical (high voltage) security fence (to be used under emergency conditions only). Two other fences were equipped with special sensors which transmitted a signal to the control panel immediately in case of any penetration attempt of intruder. The control panel is located in the guard house (you can see it at the right). Then the small building goes (training rooms for guards). The entire perimeter of the Special Secured Technical Area is surrounded with the continuous trench equipped with fire positions for the guards and soldiers of the base security platoon. If required, all people available could go to the trench, occupy fire positions and fire an enemy. The trench was connected with the headquarters building by an underground tunnel. You drive on, and here (at the right and left) you can see the fenced area with two huge underground bunkers. Another gates and gun turrets on the corners of this special zone. This is warhead storage. One guard per bunker, 2 hrs shift, touch-sensors around each bunker so that the officer sitting in the guard house can see on the display the status of the guard (walking, idle or…dead (!!).  Soldiers and sergeants have the access to the front gate (door) of the bunkers only. All operations with warheads and stuff are performed by means of officers and warrant officers. During the war games, soldiers and sergeants drive the heavy trucks to the doors, get them ready for loading with warhead canisters and wait outside. As soon as the canister is ready, it is lifted from the underground storage to the upper platform of the bunker (balcony) and then soldiers grab the canister and push it inside the truck, fix it there by means of u-bolts and cables and drive the loaded truck outside the special zone escorted by an officer. Then the trucks make a convoy and go to the point of designation. For the maintenance and/or repair, operations with the warhead canisters are performed in reverse order. The base was under the direct supervision and command of one of the Moscow General Headquarters Departments, that is why we, as they say, worked hard but played hard, too. Many thanks, 

©  Yura.

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

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