Wolf's Lair

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Wolf's Lair
Wolfsschanze
Part of Führerhauptquartiere
Gierłoż Forest, Kętrzyn County, present-day Poland
Adolf Hitler's Bunker in Wolfsschanze.JPG
Hitler's reinforced bunker at the Wolfsschanze
Coordinates54°04′49″N 21°29′39″E / 54.0804°N 21.4941°E / 54.0804; 21.4941Coordinates: 54°04′49″N 21°29′39″E / 54.0804°N 21.4941°E / 54.0804; 21.4941
TypeBlast-resistant camouflaged concrete bunkers
Site information
OwnerPolish Government
Controlled byWilcze Gniazdo
Open to
the public
Yes
ConditionMostly destroyed (in ruins)
Site history
Built1941 (1941)
(completed on 21 June 1941)
Built byHochtief AG
Organisation Todt
In use3½ years
Materials2 m (6 ft 7 in) steel-reinforced concrete
FatePartially demolished by retreating German forces 24–25 January 1945
Events20 July Plot
Garrison information
Past
commanders
SS-Gruppenführer Johann Rattenhuber
GarrisonReichssicherheitsdienst
Führerbegleitbrigade
OccupantsAdolf Hitler
Nazi Germany
Oberkommando der Wehrmacht


Wolf's Lair (German: Wolfsschanze; Polish: Wilczy Szaniec) was Adolf Hitler's first Eastern Front military headquarters in World War II. The complex became one of several Führer Headquarters in parts of Eastern Europe. Organisation Todt built it for the start of Operation Barbarossa – the invasion of the Soviet Union – in 1941.