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Erprobungsstelle See

Erprobungsstelle See

Abandoned test area of the German army

From 1928 until the end of World War II, the German army, hidden deep in a remote corner of the country, tested aircraft, water, and amphibious vehicles.

The test area "Erprobungsstulle See," between the shores of the Baltic Sea and the lake "Pötenitzer Wiek," consisted of maintenance sheds, an airstrip, a ramp, and a control tower. In 1938, the Wehrmacht even built a replica of the deck of an aircraft carrier for training purposes.

The test area was dismantled after the Second World War, and buildings were blown up. Only part of the test area, the "Luftzeugamt Pötenitz," left traces until, in 2014, the remaining ruins were largely demolished to allow nature to retake its course.

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