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Ffffound Underground

by John Reed on April 25, 2012

This is every kid’s dream. Imagine traveling through a local forest and coming across an abandoned military pillbox with an open hatch leading to a massive bunker rife for exploration. You and your buddies drop inside the hatch and discover that this bunker is enormous and build into parts of an abandoned quarry complex as you end up descending a five-story concrete staircase into the underground lair. Now for the best part. Not only are you having a blast pretending to be Indiana Jones exploring a once-secret military bunker, you come across abandoned military equipment! You first come across a rusting pair of German 77-mm cannons from World War I. It gets even better, as you move further throughout the bunker you come across relatively new French military gear that’s in great shape considering that it’s been sitting underground for years. You round a corner and right in front of you sits a six-wheeled French ERC-90 Sagaie armored reconnaissance vehicle, sadly it’s lacking the 90-mm cannon that the vehicle is normally armed with. Next you come across a Panhard VCR armored personnell carrier that’s in nearly perfect condition and finally a old military truck.

Well as the photos above and below show, if you can make your way to France and find this bunker that’s been used on and off since around World War I for everything from military purposes to mushroom farming, you can have this expereience. The only trick is finding the place. S. Marshall at Pridian​.net who took these awesome pics in 2008 won’t reveal the facility’s location.

Bunkers full of rusting Cold War and World War II gear are rumored to be all over Europe (heck, the U.S. Army still has massive underground stockpiles of “prepositioned” tanks in Germany, a legacy of the Cold War). Usually, these bunkers are found to be empty and falling apart (like the famous underground Soviet sub base turned museum in Ukraine). This is the real deal; one of the few times we’ve ever seen any evidence to show that sometimes the rumors can be true.

Click through the jump to explore the rest of the bunker without that musty underground smell (and without the thrill of being there yourself).

 

The ERC-90 armed recon vehicle greets you.

The Panhard VCR armored personnel carrier, both the VCR and the ERC-90 were designed in the 1970s.

One of those German guns from World War I.

The stairway into the bunker.

A close-up view of the APC

The recon vehicle again.

An old French military truck

Inside one small part of the bunker filled with debris left by mushroom farmers.

Inside the APC.

Another scene inside the bunker.

Yet another room.

Remnants of mushroom farming from the 1970s in the ex-quarry part of the bunker.

Explorers pose with the rusting German cannons.

Another shot of the cannons.

Electrical gear inside the bunker

The way out.

 

 

 

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DGR April 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I would have thought France would have long ago done away with such things. Dont they know how dangerous it is to just leave APCs laying around? LOL

I wish I could find something like that in my local woods………

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Frank April 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm

You notice that France doesnt leave their white flags laying around,those they use on a regular basis.

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Andy Hughes August 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I know, joining both world wars late is the sign of real men.

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Riles April 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Some people have all the luck.

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m167a1 April 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm

This reminds me of the time the Sasquatch found the cache of strikers left in the woods on the back side of Ft Lewis and took up rampaging as a hobby. Boy the locals got ALL KINDS of bent out f shape about that one…..

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mpower6428 April 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm

another Red Skull plan discover and defeated. figures his latest bunker would be in france.

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Pat April 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm

To Tommy,
We have a mission.
From Pat.

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Tommy April 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Pat, this is Tommy. Standing by for Orders.

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kim April 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Way, way better than that stupid story going around, about a dozen or more new Spitfires buried in Burma.

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tiger April 28, 2012 at 7:20 am

Why do you say stupid? It's fact.

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Randy April 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm

What no white flags dropped on the ground ?!

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gunslinger6 April 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hotel55 April 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

Bunkers store only UNused equipment now….

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tiger April 28, 2012 at 7:22 am

Lay of the French. They have shed more blood in the last century than we care to.

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SLR October 23, 2012 at 8:30 am

French military equipment,especially that from WW2,is advertised as "Only dropped once" when sold.

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Noha307 April 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm

It almost makes me cry seeing those German WWI guns in such condition. They belong in a museum.

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blight_ April 26, 2012 at 7:49 am

American Restoration time?

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robert groos April 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I recall seeing pictures of piles and piles of B29 bombers on an island called Biak, I was told they were being stripped and recycled. It did not pay to fly them back to the States I guess. There were Dutch marines on the site as well as American troops.

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blight_ April 26, 2012 at 7:48 am

Same with Chino Airport and what became ONT.

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Stephen Russell April 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Put this on the Map, Big time.
Clear out caverns, host B&B topside.
Or have some hotel unit Underground after clearing out mushrooms alone
Test for explosives with French Army EOD Team.
Awesome, Radical.

Income sources for:
TV & Movie Prod
Hotel
Museum
B&B Inn?
Gun Range?
All from 1 bunker alone. Wild.

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doc Young April 25, 2012 at 11:22 pm

you could make a mint out of a B&B using the bunker and setting up a “Slide for Life” for about two hundred metersat about 15degree drop in the quarry area. I can’t imagine why the French Govm’t left all those neat toys in there, they could put them on E-Bay and make some serious bank!!!!!

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Rob April 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I wonder if possible to re-use the bunkers. Next development trend, redeveloping those massive spaces.

Hard to believe French Military abandoned all those vehicles down there. The Panhard VCR looks like oversize Battletrax toy…

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Rohan April 26, 2012 at 1:08 am

It says – I am the terminator !!!

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guess April 26, 2012 at 1:32 am

So do the armored vehicles belong to the finders now?

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William C. April 26, 2012 at 1:39 am

So the French Army just lost track of an APC and reconnaissance vehicle? How did somebody explain that to their boss?

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Rich April 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Well, it was kind of, you know, a war.

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Doc 61 July 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Oh Oh, Those are property book items. Those serial numbers are gonna cost somebody a serious nastygram in their 201 file!

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Ken Dixon April 26, 2012 at 2:23 am

you'd be surprised what gets lost when you have to run your ass out of a bunker in the middle of a war.

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guess April 26, 2012 at 2:57 am

The armored vehicles were from the 70s = no war

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earthling April 26, 2012 at 3:29 am

they actually passed through a wormhole, this is France 2276 after the alien invasion.

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Hotel55 April 26, 2012 at 7:44 am
Marc Pavone April 26, 2012 at 8:47 am

I bet this happened everywhere, but when I was stationed at Baumholder in Germany there was the urban legend about a secret bunker complex below the base. It was full of weapons and other cool stuff but it was so well rigged with booby traps and explosives that the Engineers and EOD couldn't remove them. They blocked up the entrances and hoped nothing would explode. Hearing this story was all part of the hazing new arrivals received.

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P.J.Berg April 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm

That Sir is no urban myth. I can not verify the name Baumholder, but an E7 I knew stationed here in Norway whilst Nato still had their base operating at Kolsås had served in/on one of the larger American bases in Germany. Underground that base was a massive bunker with its main entrance blocked, but still accessible via side doors. The complex is semi flooded and no one permitted to enter because of fear of ***** traps and unstable munitions. It contains anything from planes to tanks. It is not graded as secret, just not well known.

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blight_ April 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm
Warrant Diver April 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

The navy base at Toulon, France, had a complex on the northwest corner (I believe) of the base very similiar to what is pictured…I never penetrated far enough to find anything quite like that. I found it first in 1989 when I went on a run through several miles of woods, and the trail opened into a clearing with large fortifications and open gates leading down into underground tunnels. I returned in 2002 and it was all still there, all unguarded, but many of the gates were now closed…I think this may be in Toulon.

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blight_ April 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm
mac browm April 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Legends never die. On the island of Shemya Alaska. legend still lives that guns and jeeps were buried in a cave when they thought the Japs were going to invade. Item are still found in burn pits. I found a dog tag.

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PMI April 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

There may be more truth to those lengends than people credit. Let's not forget that upwards of 20 new in the box British Spitfires are being recovered in Burma as we speak.

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Matt Holzmann April 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm

There were secret bunker complexes all over Germany at one time on both sides of the East/West border. I imagine some of them are still reasonably intact. The possibility of war between the Soviet Bloc and West had all sorts of weird stuff going on.

But knowing the Germans, it has probably all been cataloged and recycled according to the Green initiatives.

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Twidget at Large April 27, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Fort Worden now a state park just out side of Port Townsend in Washington has some old coastal artillery bunkers that are open to exploring, bring a flash light :D

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tropic lightning April 28, 2012 at 4:32 am

Hawaii has some great tunnels, pill boxes, bunkers, and Kunia Gate. One tunnel goes all the way through the mountain. Most infantry and engineers know whats where. Navy Magazines as well.

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blight_ April 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm

SF has some tunnels in the hills around the entrance to the bay. I wouldn't be surprised if LA or SD had coastal defense infrastructure that was forgotten.

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Ron Johnson April 30, 2012 at 5:07 am

It says "Exit" instead of "Sortir"? That's puzzling.

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soloman498 April 30, 2012 at 7:32 am

The signs look fairly new also the glue underneath the signs looks fairly new.

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blight_ April 30, 2012 at 8:06 am

Good catch. Maybe it was a briefly NATO bunker that required English signs, or the military tried to standardize languages on signs?

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Ron Johnson April 30, 2012 at 10:42 am

Is there *anything* bilingual in France?? :)

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blight_ April 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Good point.

That said, the sign has fresh glue and is new wood. The 1-50 EXIT is also freshly painted, with the area under the 50 getting a fresh coat of white. Someone is still maintaining things…

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Mclabop April 30, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I don't ink that's glue. I think it is the original paint color that was underneath a sign they removed to place those signs on. If it were glue for those two signs it would have roughly the same shape instead of a larger rectangular shape. Maybe…

Seymour Hawks May 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

All of Europe is riddled with hollowed out mountains…you couldn't build anything in Switzerland unless you also built a bunker able to surive a nuke for everyone who might be using that building.

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Hickelbilly May 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm

If Only I had one of those that would work on the net.

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Davidw May 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm

The truck is a US made 2 1/2 Ton truck.

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ant May 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Alot of stuff like this around. i know of a property way up nth that has Spifires buried and Kitty hawks etc in Hangers. Its still a Govt facility and god knows wats there after the war and for emergency stores.

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Poltergeist May 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Why are the Tyres on the Vehicles fully inflated, Surely if they have been abandoned for so long they would be Flat as pancakes !

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blight_ May 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Agreed. Suggesting that these vehicles are probably in caretaker storage and not rusting away abandoned?

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William C. August 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm

So December 1941 was a few months before WW2 ended? Interesting history you've got there angry Frenchman.

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