Connecting the Troopers of Today with the Veterans of Yesterday.
There has been a great response to this topic on the Amberg Group page. Those of you unfamiliar with the story; there is some speculation about hidden tunnels and an underground motor pool left over by the German Army after World War Two. Many Troopers have added their knowledge about the plausibility of this story or chimed in on how unlikely it could be. Currently, the former site of Pond Barracks is under reconstruction for civilian use. One trooper has reported that during this reconstruction, a hidden bunker was revealed underground. While I was stationed in Amberg, I was told the story about a underground motor pool that had been sealed off and flooded with water when Allied troops were advancing through Germany. As the story was told, it was metioned that some of the German vehicles were still in place (although flooded) beneath Pond Barracks. Other stories have tunnels that lead from the post to the outskirts of downtown Amberg. Hopefully, we can gather enough oral history accounts to put together a good reason on why these stories have survived since the early 1960's. As I examine photos of the civilian reconstruction of Pond Barracks, it seems as though only cosmetic changes are being made. Could the old kaserne's proximity to Graf and Nurnburg make it a valuable enough asset to build such underground complexes, or is it the hope that there still remains one unanswered question we left behind at the Pond?