We were particularly uplifted by the recent BBC program presented by Dan Snow telling the story so far of the search for the lost Nazi train in Poland. Many of Dan Snow's past documentaries have suffered from poorly researched facts and pointlessly naive presenters making idiotic statements but this documentary was absolutely spot on in all respects. The viewer learned much about the background to the story of the lost train and greatly enlightened about just what an amazing area this part of Poland is to the Military Historian. Dan Snow admitted that he was very skeptical about the entire treasure hunters tale but as he went on to meet many interesting people on his sojourn it became increasingly clear that the Germans did in fact build or were planning to build a huge underground complex called Project Riese just South of Walbrzych. It is likely that if the lost train or trains did exist then this would be where they would certainly have been hidden. We met the two men who have staked many thousands of Euros paying for excavation equipment and as the programme closed with Dan Snow sat next to one very deep and empty hole he calmly said to camera that so far there were "No Tunnels, No Nazi's, No Trains and No Gold". We were left though after interviewing one or two local enthusiasts with the tantalising assumption that perhaps after all the money so far spent on searching, that the two original men might indeed be digging in the wrong place; Lets hope we hear more about this next year.
We are back on the French coast again at the end of the month and the main topic this time is to undertake more photography on the Northern French coast and the remains of the Atlantic Wall. AS always happens new information comes to light that just has to be looked into and this time is to look into new bunkers that might exist that have been long overlooked. We will be exploring Fort De l' Creche and if possible visiting the coastal Batterie sites south of Boulogne where there was also a number of Flak installations.
Our main search is for existing remains of Batterie Frederich August near Wimille must of which has been removed or buried by the French in post war years. Also and more importantly the site of project Breslau, but more about this later in the year.
New pages yet to come on Dieppe 1942 and nearer to home the completion of work undertaken around Newhaven in East Sussex.
Steve is a retired photography teacher and now works as a military historian while living in East Sussex, England.