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How Did They do That?

This subterranean labyrinth was the Nazis' last refuge


This bunker under the former Reich Chancellery served as the final headquarters of the Third Reich, and the last residence of Adolf Hitler. He hid here from 16 January 1945, following the Soviet invasion of Germany, and was joined by Eva Braun and Joseph Goebbels in April. On 30 April, following news of Berlin's imminent surrender, Hitler and Braun committed suicide.


Hitler’s bunker was divided into two sections. The first section, the Vorbunker, had been built in 1936. It was 6.4 metres underground, and was designed to hold various administrative sta. The second section – the Führerbunker – was finished in 1943. It lay nine metres below the surface and contained the rooms of Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun, Joseph Goebbels and their entourage.



1-2 Hitler’s doctors’ quarters

3 Goebbels’ office and bedroom

4 Secretary’s bedroom

5-6 Telephone switchboard

7 Heating, ventilation and electrical generators

8-9 Corridor and conference room

10 Hitler’s pets’ and bodyguard’s rooms.

11 Map and conference room

12 Hitler’s office

13 Eva Braun’s dressing and bedroom

14 Hitler’s bedroom

15 Hitler’s sitting room

16 Hitler’s bathroom and wardrobe

17 Bathrooms and toilets

18 Stairs to the Vorbunker

36 Stairs to reinforced concrete tower, ventilation and emergency exit

37 Reich Chancellery garden exit

38 Unfinished reinforced concrete tower

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This might well be our most-packed issue ever, and we’ve got pretty much every time and place imaginable covered. Our section in the centre pages looks at those archaeological discoveries that make our understanding of the past possible – from buried kings to mysterious writings.