PHOTOS



The 225th On Tour

On this page, you'll find images contributed by former members chronicling the tours the battalion took after the end of the war, during June-July '45. Most photos are of their jaunt to Berchtesgaden and the Nazi retreat at Obersalzberg, including some rare shots taken in Hitler's "Eagle's Nest"; a few show them in Chamonix, France or on their way to Venice, Italy. Technical note: If your browser supports JavaScript, you can view a larger version of each photo by clicking on the "Enlarge the Photo" button; otherwise, just click on the smaller image to load a larger one. Any former members who can add to the captions are invited to send information to the Webmaster.

ON THE ROAD (10K)


On the Road


The 225th's convoy somewhere in the Bavarian Alps, July 1945.

38K JPEG (423 pixels wide by 281 pixels high).

Photo reprinted courtesy Frank Dorsey, A Battery.

IN CONVOY (7K)


The Convoy Approaches


Getting closer to Berchtesgaden.

25K JPEG (327 pixels wide by 295 pixels high).

Photo reprinted courtesy Frank Dorsey, A Battery.

REST STOP (8K)


Rest Stop


The 225th's convoy stops on the way to Berchtesgaden.

26K JPEG (404 pixels wide by 294 pixels high).

Photo reprinted courtesy Frank Dorsey, A Battery.

WEARY TRAVELERS (9K)


Weary Travelers


The convoy stops somewhere on the Munich-Salzburg autobahn. The driver of the Jeep at right looks a little tired.

29K JPEG (441 pixels wide by 291 pixels high).

Photo reprinted courtesy Frank Dorsey, A Battery.

BOMB DAMAGE (10K)


Bomb Damage


The woods beside the road to the Eagle's Nest bears evidence of Allied bombing raids; here, a patch of woodland has been blasted and burned.

38K JPEG (294 pixels wide by 427 pixels high).

Photo reprinted courtesy Frank Dorsey, A Battery.

TAKING THE HIGH GROUND (6K)


Taking the High Ground


Members of the battalion begin the ascent of the Kehlstein, climbing from the car park to the switchback. Officers above a certain rank could avail themselves of the brass elevator carved into the mountain.

23K JPEG (344 pixels wide by 284 pixels high).

Photo reprinted courtesy Frank Dorsey, A Battery.

UP THE KEHLSTEIN (9K)


Up the Kehlstein


Some of the men begin their trek up the switchback leading to the Eagle's Nest. Note the huge volume of vehicles in the car park below.

31K JPEG (242 pixels wide by 420 pixels high).

Photo reprinted courtesy Frank Dorsey, A Battery.

VIEW FROM THE TOP (13K)


View from the Top


The view from one of the living room windows in the Eagle's Nest; the winding road to the car park is visible in the lower right (it appears that a truck or bus is on the road).

13K JPEG (202 pixels wide by 317 pixels high).

Photo reprinted courtesy Frank Dorsey, A Battery.

SOUVENIR STAND (4K)


Souvenir Stand


Two battalion men pose with a sign urging visitors to take a rock as a souvenir.

13K JPEG (168 pixels wide by 311 pixels high).

Photo reprinted courtesy Frank Dorsey, A Battery.

HITLER'S LIVING ROOM (5K)


Hitler's Living Room


The living room in the Eagle's Nest (also known as the Kehlsteinhaus).

14K JPEG (280 pixels wide by 398 pixels high).

Photo reprinted courtesy Frank Dorsey, A Battery.

HITLER'S DINING ROOM (7K)


Hitler's Dining Room


The dining room in the Eagle's Nest.

22K JPEG (307 pixels wide by 407 pixels high).

Photo reprinted courtesy Frank Dorsey, A Battery.

HITLER'S LIVING ROOM, ANOTHER VIEW (8K)


Hitler's Living Room, Another View


Another view of the living room in the Kehlsteinhaus, showing a fireplace.

25K JPEG (430 pixels wide by 286 pixels high).

Photo reprinted courtesy Frank Dorsey, A Battery.

HITLER'S KITCHEN (7K)


Hitler's Kitchen


The kitchen in the Kehlsteinhaus.

24K JPEG (424 pixels wide by 314 pixels high).

Photo reprinted courtesy Frank Dorsey, A Battery.

AT THE SUMMIT (4K)


At the Summit


Ed Edwards at the summit of the Kehlstein, with the Eagle's Nest in the background.

12K JPEG (311 pixels wide by 218 pixels high).

Photo reprinted courtesy Frank Dorsey, A Battery.

Modern Views of the Kehlsteinhaus
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EAGLE'S NEST I EAGLE'S NEST II


Chamonix (and, coming soon, Venice)

ON THE SLOPES (9K)


On the Slopes


Members of the 225th poses on the slopes in Chamonix, France during Summer 1945.

Photo reprinted courtesy Rhine Valley News.


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