Urban Explorers Discover Corroding Military Vehicles in Abandoned Subterranean Bunker

(Image: S. Marhall (Pridian.net), reproduced with permission)

When urban explorer Samuel Marshall came across an unassuming pillbox in a French forest, he was amazed to discover stone steps descending more than five storeys into the earth. Realising he’d stumbled upon a hidden site of historical importance, the greatest surprise revealed itself when the innocuous tunnel opened into a vast underground bunker, complete with abandoned armoured military vehicles.

(Image: S. Marhall (Pridian.net), reproduced with permission)

“Finding something like this has been a dream for a long time”, said Marshall, pointing out two vintage World War One cannons discarded in a tunnel. “We are pretty sure they are German 77mm field cannons, model 1896″, he added.

(Image: S. Marhall (Pridian.net), reproduced with permission)

Writing on his website Pridian, Marshall is vague about the abandoned bunker’s whereabouts. In use during the First and Second World War, he states that it can also be accessed from a defunct stone quarry. The most recent owner reportedly used the subterranean tunnels for commercial mushroom growing, but moved out during the 1970s.

(Image: S. Marhall (Pridian.net), reproduced with permission)

Despite the onset of urban decay, the bunker remains intact, with only a small amount of graffiti attesting to its relatively clandestine existence. The installation features administrative, communications and living quarters, while its crumbling condition poses a haunting allure to photographers.

(Image: S. Marhall (Pridian.net), reproduced with permission)

From an urban exploration perspective, the abandoned military vehicles are the icing on the cake. As Marshall said: “It is sad these vehicles have been abandoned here, in the constantly wet environment of the quarry.” But impressively, the gun turrets on the tank and armoured vehicle could still rotate.

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  • http://www.wanderplex.com Reena Ganga

    Wow, what an amazing find! I can imagine how astounded the person who found it must have been. France seems to be the world capital of cool underground things!

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  • gianni

    NO WAY look at the all seeing eye thats NEW WORLD ORDER look in to it

  • gianni

    NO WAY look at the all seeing eye thats NEW WORLD ORDER look in to it

  • gianni

    NO WAY look at the all seeing eye thats NEW WORLD ORDER look in to it

  • Tillerman

    I see tyres still inflated, so ther must be some maintenance every now and then.

  • Tillerman

    I see tyres still inflated, so ther must be some maintenance every now and then.

  • Tillerman

    I see tyres still inflated, so ther must be some maintenance every now and then.

  • Wilbz

    Interesting that the first line of the inscription is in English… Could perhaps add weight to the whole capitalist conspiracy theory re: the Nazis?…

  • Wilbz

    Interesting that the first line of the inscription is in English… Could perhaps add weight to the whole capitalist conspiracy theory re: the Nazis?…

  • Wilbz

    Interesting that the first line of the inscription is in English… Could perhaps add weight to the whole capitalist conspiracy theory re: the Nazis?…

  • Anonymous

    GET THEM OUT OF THE HOLE DAMNIT! I would kill for antiques like that.

  • Caddy Jim

    Where & what are they calling a Tank? This may have been used during the world wars, but the American Truck & the other earlier equipment were put down their later probably by the owner of the quarry for storage who also grew Mushrooms. Also the carving on the wall in English…

 
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