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Soviet Ghosts in Germany
Author: Carlo R.
Editor: Amazon
Year: 2021
Type: paperback
Size: 214 pages, >400 hi-res color photos
Language: English

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After the end of WWII and the partition of Hitler’s Germany into zones of occupation, a large Soviet military force – the Western Group of Forces – was deployed in the Soviet sector. Even after the foundation of the communist-led German Democratic Republic (GDR), this Soviet force at the orders of Moscow acted independently from the local regular army. Hidden behind the Iron Curtain, this strong force kept direct control of many military facilities in what is today the northeastern part of Federal Germany.
Following the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989) and the collapse of the USSR (1991), most of these facilities were abandoned, leaving behind training grounds, entire airports, nuclear bunkers, missile launch pads and ghost towns – where more than 200’000 Soviet-then-Russian troops and their families had been living and operating for many years.
This book is the result of the search and exploration of mostly deserted places, to be found in extremely high density on the former territory of the GDR.
By means of hundreds of commented, good quality color pictures from former Soviet military installations, it retraces this forgotten chapter of recent German history.Most of these sites are now totally wild and difficult to reach, where a few of them are more easily accessible to the general public. Some are really good examples of Soviet art and craftsmanship, whereas others strike for the size, or simply for the fact that they exist – as is the case for depots of nuclear ordnance, reportedly installed by the Soviets without even notifying the fellow communist government of the GDR.
This book may appeal to Cold War historians, curious travelers and Urbex photographers as well.
The book is articulated in 18 chapters, dealing with the following contents: Vögelsang, Neuthymen, Fürstenberg, Lychen-II, Wittstock, Lärz, Wünsdorf, Sperenberg, Rangsdorf, Brand, Finsterwalde, Jüterbog & Niedergörsdorf, Stolzenhain, Zeithain & Riesa, Bischofswerda, Forst Zinna, Altenburg, Großenhain, Damgarten, Berlin.
The last chapter in particular features aerial pictures taken on a purpose-planned scenic flight over several former Soviet installations in the GDR.

Rote Plätze – Russische Militärflugplätze in Deutschland 1945-1994
Author: Lutz Freundt, Stefan Büttner
Editor: AeroLit Verlag
Year: 2007
Type: paperback
Size: 300 pages, color photos throughout
Language: German
Paperback available from Amazon in Germany

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Out of print, collectible, very rare.

More than just a guide to the Soviet airbases in the GDR, this is the definitive directory on the history of all the airfields in the GDR which fell under the rule of the Soviet military. Each of these airports is described from a technical standpoint, retracing its development (including data on runway lengthening, addition of aircraft shelters and other facilities, etc.) as well as operational history. The latter includes squadrons permanently stationed on a specific airfield, as well as those spending there just a few months. The book is stuffed with interesting historical pictures, most of them in color, documenting both aircraft operations and scenes from ground operation.

The book includes several maps, as well as a directory of aerial/satellite pictures, in some cases taken in different years, thus allowing to analyze the development of the corresponding air bases. Of course, these maps are also extremely useful to prepare explorations. All in all, despite the very high price, this is a must have for everybody interested in the history of Soviet presence in the GDR, as well as for those planning an exploration of these sites.


1939-1945 Guide Europe 1500 Musées – World War II Military Guide
Author: Sébastien Hervouet, Luc et Marc Braeuer
Editor: Editions Le Grand Blockhaus
Year: 2016
Type: paperback
Size: 432 pages, color photos throughout
Language: French and English
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Can be purchased also from the Editor’s website.

This book in double French and English language is a must-have for travelers to Europe looking for traces of WWII, from museums to bunkers, forts, monuments and memorials – everything that is public and open for a visit. The European theater is thoroughly described, country by country, with a stress on France, but with an incredible detail also on all others – from Spain to Finland, from Norway to Greece.

The author of this website has been trying this guide for planning trips since 2016 in at least 12 countries, hardly finding any fault. Totally recommended also for the practical pocket format of the book. You can easily carry it on your trip.


1914-1918 Guide 750 Musées Guide Europe
Author: Sébastien Hervouet, Luc et Marc Braeuer
Editor: Editions Le Grand Blockhaus
Year: 2016
Type: paperback
Size: 232 pages, color photos throughout
Language: French and English
Paperback available from Amazon.

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Can be purchased also from the Editor’s website.

Similar to the WWII volume (see above), this guide in double French and English language covers hundreds if not thousands locations connected with WWI and today open for a visit. They include museums, trenches, forts, battlefields, memorials, etc., everything that is open to the public. A very complete pocket guide to plan your trip to the focal points of war-battered Europe of the 1910s.

The author of this website has been trying this guide for planning trips since 2016 in France, Belgium, Germany and Italy, hardly finding any fault. Totally recommended also for the practical pocket format of the book. You can easily carry it on your trip.