The postcard view of the last incarnation of the front of Field Station Berlin, Germany. It had other names, too, such as being refered to by the alpha-numeric designation of its comm center, USM 620 Kilo. It was atop Teufelsberg, meaning Devil's Mountain, or as we called it, "The Hill." This mound, the highest point of terrain in Berlin, was piled up by German workers, mostly women, from the rubble of the World War II Allied bombing debris of the City of Berlin. They called it the "Rubble Pile." Photo provided by Mike Atwell.
According to Sandy Cook, sandy.cook at thegrid.net, "most of the stuff shown was completed by ... 1979, and includes the STACKPOLE building, which is the big building with the 3 bubbles. You can still see the R&D tower and the 3-story building. The building on the front left houses the mess hall, site offices and warehouse. Front and center is the British building. On the right side are the power houses and support buildings. The tall mast in the center belongs to the Brits."
Field Station Berlin
Jeff Wilson took this photo on a 2001 trip back to Berlin.
The Old T-berg parking lot, now a hot kite flying area.
Our thanks to Martin Stache, shown here on the stairway entrance to Teufelsberg, for these great shots from 2000.
These photos of Teufelsberg were sent to me by Martin Stache, Stache.M at t-online.de, of the German Air Force in 2001. He has a special project preparing historical briefings on FS Berlin for the Luftwaffe High Command in Berlin.
Entrance road with resort developer's construction sign.
Same as above from a different angle.
The romantic silhouette of T-berg, viewed while waiting for the submarine races to begin in the Teufelssee.
T-Berg -- 1985.
(Now on front page)
This and all the views below are aerial photographs.
View from down the hill.
Interestingly, the ATA travel agency says of Teufelsberg, "Named after the nearby lake, the 'Teufelssee'... From 1945 on, the communications listening station, operated by the U.S. Army & U.S. Air Force intelligence units, intercepted Soviet and East Bloc electronic transmissions, conducted radio jamming, or fulfilled other electronic missions, as deemed necessary." Who knew?
In the foreground of this telephoto shot is the new parliament building, the Reichstag Gebaeude. Behind that is the Victory Monument, the "Siegessaule". You can also see the "Funkturm" or Radiotower, at the right. That's also called the "Langer Lalu." Way off in the distance on top of the hill at the skyline is Teufelsberg. You will always be able to see that silhouette with the domes, since it is now a national monument. You can't make out the hotels and offices being built around it -- yet.
This illustrates the actual method of material accumulation for the Hill which would be called Teufelsberg, also called Mont Klamott meaning Mount Rubble, one brick at a time. These ladies helped to win the Cold War, too.
Below are two photos from Andy Fraser, about 1968. This is what you remember about the Hill if you were there before 1968 -
the Bubble, the R&D Tower, and the 3-story brick building.
From: Brian Posey, Sniper72 at bellsouth.net
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001
"This is a winter shot of T-Berg that I have on my wall. I think I gave the summer shot to my mom. Both were Declassed when I got them. I will try to get the summer one to scan. I dont have any Interior shots due to the Classified nature of the Hill. Even when all the equipment was gone, they did not allow us to have cameras on the site. Up until I left, we still seized film from people taking pics on the outside of the perimeter fence."