Hochwald


About thirty kilometres northeast of FHQ Wolfschanze and on the outskirts of the small village of Pozezdrze (german Grossgarten), SS chief Heinrich Himmler set up Feldkommandostelle Hochwald in 1941 (also called Schwarzeschanze). Hochwald served as a headquarters for Himmler during his stay in East Prussia and was surrounded by both fences and minefields. Hochwald consisted of five bunkers and four barracks and was significantly smaller than both FHQ Wolfschanze and OKH’s Mauerwald. Himmler spent the last time in Hochwald in November 1944, and in January 1945 the SS blew it up.

Current status: Partly preserved/demolished with information board (2011).

Location: 54°08'59.4"N 21°51'14.1"E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

Hochwald is located in the forest on the east side of the road between Wegorzewo-Gizycko about a kilometer north of Pozezdrze. The place is signposted and from the car park it is about 300 meters walk to Himmler’s bunker, which is also the best peserved bunker, although damaged.

Follow up in books: Longerich, Peter: Himmler: A biography (2009).