The Jonastal Project


The Third Reich's Most Secret Project - Hunting for a Phantom ??? 

Thueringen, Region Ohrdruf - Arnstadt Nazi activities in the area between the cities of Arnstadt and Ohrdruf in Thuringia lie in the dark. Ever since the end of World War II, they have been the reason for much speculation and research. The main question is if there are more underground tunnels and buildings than the ones we already know. In these underground buildings, researchers hope to find looted art, gold bars of the Reichsbank, and installations which could give insight to the development of German secret weapons researches (so called "Wunderwaffen") at the end of the war.

The general starting point of all research is in Jonastal. In this valley, feverish building activities began in November 1944. Using forced labourers from concentration camps, 25 lugs (total approx. length 2.300 meters) were driven into the slope. The name of the project was S III (Sonderbauvorhaben III). The actual sense and purpose of the 25 lugs are still unclear today. Was the “Fuehrer’s Last Headquarter” to be built here? Or was the openly visible construction site meant to camouflage the large number of forced labourers secretly working on other spots within the mountain? There are many conjectures.

The documented transports of forced labourers found in the archives of Buchenwald, a former concentration camp, seem to point to a sham construction site. In the period between November 1944 (starting of the building activities in Jonastal) and March 1945 (abandonment of the site) approx. 25.000 forced labourers were brought to S III. Various authors assume that the extremely high amount of forced labourers had something to do with a still unknown Nazi Nuclear and Intercontinental Rocket Research Program, and that most of the forced labourers had to work in order to build these subterranean sites.

These contemplations are in direct contrast to general and official history. Officially, there are no more buildings in the underground than those 25 lugs. Officially, Nazi Germany did not try to build an atomic bomb. Officially, Nazi Germany had no long range rockets except for the V2. SSP Foto - Jonastal Stollen Nr. 23

Now one would expect to find indications about the assumed Nuclear and Intercontinental Rocket Research Centre in the reconnaissance reports (G-2 Journal) of the THIRD US ARMY, who reached and occupied the area in April 1945. Furthermore, upon looking through army reports, one would come across the idea that the US-Troops may have found underground installations used to create super weapons (Wunderwaffen). However, this is not the case. Nothing indicates an actual finding of such installations. There are only one or two notes in the reports, which may indicate that the US troops found underground  installations

One of these notes is as follows: Message Nrr. 65 of April 5, 1945, 1600 h in G-2 Journal, HQ's 4TH ARMD DIV, A. P. O. 254, U.S. ARMY National Archives, Washington, claims: “Polish cif [probably former forced labourers, P.S.] rptd formed conc camp of 6000 was located at CRAWINKEL J 1547 [near Ohrdruf, P.S] where they were used to dig tunnel for underground factory to manufacture V-1 rockets (to date, no rockets have been produced there) /GOSSEL J1949 camou completed underground factory no pers allowed near this place which is located 2 mi N of Gossel / on 3 Apr was manufacturing V-1s and experimenting with V-3s. [!, P.S.]”

One should think that the cited underground factories and V1/V3 installations should emerge again in later army  reports, but the investigation is done in vain. There are no definite tip-offs which support the assumption of an underground installation situated 2 miles north of GOSSEL, as reported by a civilian. Everything remains vague and ambiguous for investigators.

The same situation can be found in Germany. Sources are also extremely sparse. There are only a few signs, oddities and more or less  founded suppositions. Up to now, all we know is that sources may support the theory of the existence of a still unknown underground Nuclear and Rocket Technology Centre. However, solid proof still doesn’t exist. Nobody has succeeded in locating and opening one of the former entrances yet. Every available indication concerning the region (which has a size of about 50 square kilometres) is not valid enough to identify a concrete point for geophysical measurements, drillings or diggings with a realistic chance of finding at least one of  the  tunnels. Researchers simply do not know where to start in accordance with justifiable costs and sufficient probabilities of success. Therefore, proving the existence of unknown underground installations is impossible and the entire theory remains fiction.

In the following some arguments which speak against the assumption of a phantom are lisetd :

1.)  See the  message in  G-2 Journal above. Result: The US-Army reports the testimony of a lokal witness covering existence  and purpose of a subterranean site.  

2.)  Another argument is the amount of employed forced labourers. To illustrate its scope,  a similar construction site should be examined: Wizernes, located at the English Channel by Calais. Between November 1943 and July 1944 (destruction by an American bomb), a V-2 launching base was erected by the Organisation Todt at Wizernes. Further details can be found under The building at Wizernes consisted of an underground dome (see picture: inner diameter 61 meters, inner height 24 meters, height of the vertically standing V2 14 meters!) and about 7000 meters of tunnels. This building was generated by 1.500 forced labourers. Result: To create the 25 lugs of 2.300 meters in Jonastal “only” 300 -500 would have been approximately necessary. Therefore, the amount of employed forced labourers indicates the existence of further buildings under the earth.

3.) An  American officer reports in his memories::  U.S. Colonel Allen served in the THIRD US ARMY under General Patton. In his book entitled "Lucky Forward, The History of Pattons Third Army", New York, Vanguard Press, 1947 and 1971, (“Lucky” was the code name of General Patton’s headquarters), he described the advancement of the American troops in Europe. On page 297 of the 1971 edition (to read the text, please click here), he reports about the existence of several underground buildings located in Ohrdruf and the surrounding villages  Quote: "Over 50 feet underground, the installations consisted of two and three stories several miles in length and extending like the spokes of a wheel". Result: In April 1945, US Troops discovered a few underground buildings. These buildings are probably not the acknowledged 25 lugs located in the Jonastal because they do not extend like the spokes of a wheel and they do not contain multi-stories. -  Probably the above  mentioned rocktetfactory (see point 1.)  is one of  these underground buildings .

Of course,  these informations are basic and old. But they led Peter Schneider and Erich Schuck to  start their  exploration for  hidden underground lug systems and bunkers in the area between Ohrdruf and Arnstadt. Their method is as follows: 

divining large areas

locacalisating cavities and tunnels

intergrate reports of time witnesses

interprete historical aereal photos covering the location       

carrying out geophysical mesurements

boring or  digging to get into the  cavity 

Divining methods, a part of Peter Schneider  and Erich Schuck 's special knowledge.  They improve the chance of findings considerably.

Please  see a report about our successful location of cavities in the ruins of  a castle  of  the 14th century) . Stephan Görisch im Darmstädter Echo vom. 22.September 2004 "Mit der Wünschelrute Keller geortet".


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