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Wolfschanze

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"2nd Ukrainian Front 
#4391
March 29th, 1945

I attach the results of interrogation of Unteroffizier Zaibert Friedrich from the 8th company, 979th Infantry Regiment, 271st Infantry Division.

The prisoner served in the 601th Signals Regiment for a long time, which serviced the needs of the land army command. The prisoner stated that:

"Until mid-November of 1944, Hitler's HQ was located in East Prussia in a fortified camp with the codename "Wolfschanze" (wolf's lair), 2-3 km from Rastenburg. Himmler's HQ was 11 km from Angeburg, in Grossgarten. The OKH HQ was in Tiergarten. Ribbentrop's HQ was located in the "Jegerhee" hotel in Angeburg. Hitler's HQ and other HQs were moved from East Prussia to Zossenshobn in the fall of 1944. All construction battalions, technical units, and a number of signals units that serviced Hitler's HQ and other HQs were sent to Bad Reichenhall in Bavaria. I know that they began to construct a fortified camp, big communications hub, and airport.
Hitler's HQ is usually placed outside of settlements and consists of a fortified camp, protected by field and long-term fortifications, minefields, and anti-tank trenches. The HQ has its own airstrip and railroad station. The camp itself consists of three ring shaped zones guarded by SS troops. The innermost ring, containing Hitler and his office, is guarded by the so called "Grenadierfuhrer company". The outer ring contains service units and secondary organizations. The middle ring contains the HQ's main organizations. This is where Hitler's closest subordinates live. Special passes are needed to enter the camp, and then into each ring. Only personnel called up by Hitler personally may enter the main ring. Everyone is searched regardless of rank, even field marshals and ministers. They are warned that the only possible answer to any of his questions is "Yes, my Fuhrer". In any other case, he is liable to become enraged and beat or even kill his conversation partner.

Signals men servicing the HQ say that, according to Hitler's personal guards, he rolls around on the floor and gnaws on carpets in fits of rage. Because of this, he is called "Teppichfresser" (carpet eater) by the guards. Once, a group of medicine professors, rewarded for scientific achievements, were invited to dine with him at Berchtesgaden. Hitler claimed that cancer can be cured during the dinner. One of the professors decided to argue with him. Hitler pulled the tablecloth and everything on it off the table and chased everyone out. Generals who come to visit him stand at attention for hours and do not dare to contradict him or state their opinion. Hitler's confidants consider him abnormal, but consider this the price of genius. In his personal life, Hitler is humble and demands little. He spends a lot of time deep in daydreams."


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