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CLASSIFICATION S '0 Approved For Release 102/17: CIA-RDP83-00415RO1210 N71 AL INT I?UGENCE I N-QY 25X1R 'QRT . N FO M AT1c)N ETA CD NO. COUNTRY Germany (Russian Zone) DATE D1_ STR. 9 January 1951 SUBJECT Ammunition Depots NO. OF PAGES 8 PLACE' 25X1 NO. OF ENCLS. (LISTED BELOW) 3 (Encl. 1 Army ACQUIRED 25X1 Only) DATE OF INFO, SUPPLEMENT TO REPORT NO. THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS )NFORMATION. AFFECTING THE NATIONAL DEFENSE OPTHE UNITED STATES WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE ESPIONAGE ACT SO j.4;_ C? ST AND 32,A S AMENDED. ITS TRANSMISSION OR THE REVELATION OP 1T `CQH'J',FNT,S IN ANY WANNER=TO AN UNAOfiHORITED PERSON IS PRO. 25X1 THIS IS UNEVALUATED INFORMATION. 11 In October 1950, it was learned that Soviet ammunition was being Aleainl_Ammun stored in the former German Ar, allegedly depot of ltenhain ~ M 52/E Ll), German ammunition y artillery Y shells of various calibers, had been destroyed by blasting, The installations 25X1 25X1 25X1 of the depot were in good condition. (1) The depot was guarded by Soviet artillerymen who numbered 300 to'400. A major who was billeted in the depot was said to be the ` officer. A colonel with his family was billeted in Trebsen (N 2/E 51). (2) Since 1 October only about 60 Germans, most of them women, have been employed in the dot. About 160 Germans were previously employed there. CLASSIFII,QAT'ION SECRET 25X1 ARMY DISTRIBUTION: Approved For Release 2005/02/17 : CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 antitank, and rocket projectiles, (6) .w__imnun.tion Depot. b. On 18 September a convoy of ten empty trucks Approved For Release 200 /Q2117 %4_RQP, 83-0041?R 9 -SECRET CENTRAL INTE,LIGE tCL AGEY -2- Dingelstaedt Ammunition Depot. the manufacture of ammunition in the tmdeWoubd anima nition depot at Dingelsta edt (M 52/D 27) was resumed in September. The monthly output` allegedly , unted to about 500,000 tank, of the Berlin-SteIIin autobahn-and south o the 'Waster users- Snow ur hii.ghway.. The convoy subsequently left toward Eberswalde. (7) r} busses I loccupied by soldiers, picked 25X1 25X1 uo armriunition at an ammunition depot which was located about 200 meters west 25X1 Approved For Release 2005/02/17 :. Clt Approved For Release 2005/ 1 CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1 25X1 25X1 OENTRAL NIB ILLI E AGENCY On 2 and 3 October it was obswrjred that ammunition boxes 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 6, On 22 October a 120-a ct train wit' i about 100 guns and 10 -AT o Or o d of r ,v~ d,.? ~'r nkf r Oder, from the,; irection rof Brest-z tovsk? The train ,teats redispatched 'uerstentae (N ~53/V 33 ), where the artillery. pieces were loaded and shipped to the Falkenhagen ordnance depot The ammunition continued by..' rail to .an underground ammunition depot on the Fuerstenwalde-Beeskow line; and . we g . unloade there. The am a ition depot is said to be a large and heavily guarded installation, Railroad engineers: of trains passing by were ordered to avoid any discharge of sparks, (9) Kirchhan Ammunition Depot, 79 In September it was learned that Soviet ammunition was bein 8. an 21 October it was learned that the former Io gi ehna . (N 52/E 53) were stored in several u ngS of the a 1es ust ammunition kepi-f, near inow (N 53)V 08). Soviet fatigue details arrived to load amm n tion. The daily guard relief detail of one officer and 20 EM came from the direction of Eberswalde. (8) stored in the Igant mine, about south of Kirchhaan (N 52/A 05). The ammunition, which arrived by truck from an undetermined shipping point, allegedly consisted of light artillery, infantry, and rocket ammunition of various calibers. (10) tockrehna Ammunition Depot,., riition depot was bein `heavzi guarded by Volkspolizei personnel who numbered about 300 men, It w as said t that stocks of German ammunition were stored in the depot, Ammunition was no longer being manufactured there. The only Soviet soldier seen on 21 October ,vas an artillery lieutenant who went to the depot. (11) fathenow A ni- on Depot. 25X1 25X1 10* a new type of ammunition wqs being shipped 25X1 25X1 of powerful arc lamps and four searchlights were installed throughI 9.. Between 20 September and 1 October a new lighting system consisting _ i?r 1 ?..-+. .+~+ a j. ' ~+ u v iv%.u varw .a.aa J LY C41 uaC1 aLYVL J._1 ~U 4.4,,PY CL1 4A ave n Li l/J 53) on the railrDad line to . ,rnstad and detail o, the depot for storage. They described the ammunition as''Hoil_ bombs' having abomb- shaped designs 150 cm high and 30 cm in diameter, . - with four trapezoid fins at the upper end, The bombs were allegedly fared Irom a special launching frame. (l3} Snhwarza.. Ammunition De t. 11, 19 October it was learned that th_e amrmunit on depot of the Saalfeld there, which consisted of 1 officer and 10 EM, was frog Saa1.fold, No construction or shipments either1 going were observed. o % the area of the storage depot at the Rathenow-Nord (N 3/Z 15) railroad station, The guard detail on duty in the depot area was l ed by"L.ieutenant Proshenko (fnu), and was recently brought up to a strength of 40 :men. Since 29 September all streets in the vicinity of the depot have been restricted to civilian traffic after dark.. (12) 25X1 Approved For Release 2005/02/17 : CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1 Approved For Release 2005/OZ? a.CIA-RDP83-00415R01210tXdO6-1 CENTRAL fl TELLIGENDE AGENCY 25X1 Schwerin-Sternbuchholz Ammunition Depot. 12. During the nights from 12 to 16 October truck convoys were observed hauling ammunition to the.Sternbuchholz (M 54/T 46) depot. No details on the origin, type, quantity, or caliber of the ammunition and no truck numbers could be secured, (15) Toepchin j.,.tton Depot. 13. Between 21, and 23 September it was N _53/Z 91) ammunition deppot, which i v:- wl,_ contains anut rraxiean and 10 ice storage bunkers each with a capacity of 2 or 3 railroad carloads of ammunition, The surface bunkers were round jreinforced concrete structures, about 20 meters in diameter and ab ut 3 5 o . meters high, topped by an arched concrete roof, They have double iron doors, large enough to allow ;~ truck to pass through. The -nut were s1rrouaded by sodded mounds of earth, with ap The military per onnel were. organized into two units, one commanded rtb Colonel Panin (fnu), including about 36 officers,, and the other by Lieutenant Colonel .Yarenko (fnu) ,, including 4 majors 6 captains and 4 senior lieutenants one f v w m 11.x. At the depot, about 50 officers and 300 EM, who wore red-bordered black epaulets, were engaged in the maintenance of ammunition. They were assisted by 98 German civilians whose activities had been restricted to cleaning and, other minor work about six weeks before,. through for the doors, (l6) , Lo was named Ouuayov (fnu). There was only one political officer, a major, for both units, The two commanding officers left Toepchin some time ago, but were ex- pected to return soon, ColonelPanints unit furnished guard personnel for the main approach road from the north and Lieutenant Colonel Marenko's unit furnished personnel for the approach road from the southeast. All officers were billeted outside the depot area in houses along the T?epchin-Vluensdorf highway. With the exception of two officer wives, all officer dependents had returned to the U.843 ;n, two or three months ago. 15. A, special guard detail of 20 to 25 men was stationed in the Sputenberge forosterts house on the eastern shore of Toepchin Lake. The soldiers of the detail wore red-bordered black epaulets with artillery insignia and yellow-bordered black epaulets.'They were brought to and from this post by truck. The enlisted personnel stationed at the depot proper were accommodated in wooden barracks and were restricted to quarters, j rus was Wing removed from stocks and incoming shipments of Soviet t'l1 l6. No new ammunition was being manufactured or filled at the depot, The { t ar a ery annuw,ti.on. The ammunition was also being reconditioned.: sue. __ ., en.stored. The 122-mm rocket projectiles-were de ot l ... p was on y oiled and sprayed with powdered soapstone, Some shipments of British, ammunition,, bearing the inscription "140-mm shell" on the boxes , were observed to arrive at the depot, The last shipment of this kind, about five.boxcarloads, arrived about three weeks prior to 21-23 September, This ammunition was also reconditioned. The 28 to 30 surface and sub- terranean bunkers were allegedly filled at the time of observation, the shells stored there being without fuzes. 17. A Soviet laboratory was being established in a former inn and its annex buildings, about 250 meters east o f t he driveway to the ammunition depot, on the southern edge of the highway leading to Toepchin. It was SECRET 25X1 Approved For Release 2005/02/17 : CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1 Approved For Release 20054*T CIA-RDP83-00415R01210QPQ906-1 25X1 25X1 CENTRAL DUEL ,IC IOo AEC? said that work with highly explosive ma eria ducted in the heavily E-uarded laboratory. (16) Trucks) , by artillerymen an soldiers witli yellow-bordered. black epaulets were identified at the depot. (17) 18. Outgoing shipments of ammunition amounted to 1,254 tons in 85 bo p.4rs, in . ar r 1950; 510 tons in 34 boxcars in February; 5 tons in one ,boxcar in March; 950 tors in 53 boxcars in April; 3.40 tons in 2Ii., boxcars in May; 56$ torts in its boxcars in July; and 215 tons. in 25 boxcars. in August 1:950. No ammunition left Toepchinin June 1950.. 25X1 19. 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 Rail shipments which were dispatched from the Toepchin depot between 3 September and 20 October included: 25X1 Frankfurt/Oder Soviet soldiers 3 September who had escorted sour shipments to Toepchin Shipment Two.boxcars with Twenty-six boxcars with 630 tons of ammunition; allegedly the only outgoing munition shipment in 7Septembber Fourteen boxcars with ammunition; ammunition; Fifteen boxcars with Ten boxcars with ammunition Ten boxcars with ammunition F7 Seven boxcars with ammunition,; .Fifteen boxcars; Kapen 20 September Dannenwalde (N Sit/u 61) 4 October 2:32 p.m. Dannenwalde 4 October 2 p.m. Roederau (N 52/E 81) 11 October 1:20 p.m. Dannenwalde 11 October 1:20 p.m. Altengrabow (M 53/z 00) 11 October 1:32 pun.. Roederau 17 October 6:35 p.m. SECRET Date 25X1 Approved For Release 2005/02/17 : CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1 f_. Approved For Release 2005%02117: CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Fourteen boxcar ? Roederau 17 October 6:35 p.m. Four boxcars; Altengrabow 20 October 6:20 p.m. Finow 20 October 6:23 p.m. 25X1 20. Incoming shipments of ammunition amounted to 1480 tons in 30 boxcars in January 19,0; x.52 tons in 29 boxcars in February; 719 tons in 5L. boxcars in March; 516 tons in 33 boxcars in April; 52)4 tons in 30 boxcars in May; 2,201 tons in 187 boxcars in tune; 486 tons in 31 boxcars in July; and 1.,304 tons in 67 boxcars in August 1950. 21. Rail shipments which arrived at the Toepchin depot between 3 September and 21 October included:? 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 Ste' Thirty-six boxcars; S,hiing Station and Date Frankfurt/Od+er 3 September Six boxcars Mockrehna 8 September Fourteen boxcars which Fuerstenwalde were redispatched to 9 September Neubuckow Three. boxcars Wulkow 20 September Nine boxcars Eight boxcars; Two boxcars Three boxcars One boxcar Hohenleipisch 27 September Hohenleipisch 2 October Wulkow 3 October Wulkow 11 October Wulkow. 13 October Two boxcars wutkow 21 October Wilmersdorf i ti on Depot, 22< On 28 OctQlzp ' t Wil ersdor (N 53/V 32) ammunition depot dispatched' 452 tons of highly to Kapen. t SECRE 25X1 Approved For Release 2005/02/17 : CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1 Approved For Release 2005/02/17 : CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY 25X1 which is sometimes referred to as Amelshain depot. It is a former German Army installation located in the wooded area east of Altenhain on theme le ding to Trebsen. To date, incoming ship- 25X1 2L. Truck arrived at thedepot from wittenberg. Truck 25X1 I larrived at the depot fr >m the direction of Mockrehna and left toward Torgau. Sedan _________heft the depot toward 25X1 Zinna,. (20) 25. Local residents said that German civilians were employed at the Zinna ammunition depot. Artillery, ammunition was allegedly stored in the large earth bunkers, which can be recognized from outside the depot area. The railroad spur of the installation was apparently not used since it wqs completely covered with rust, 25X1 Comments. The information confirms the Eighth Gds Army ammunition depot, 25X1 25X1 25X1 na Ammunition ,Depot. 23, On '25 and 26 October the former German Army ammunition depot of Zi_nna (N 52/E 64) near Torgau was guarded by Volkspolizei personnel. About 30 Soviet soldie:?s wearing red epaulets and red bordered black epaulets and armed with submachine guns, were observed at field training in terrain between the ammunition depot and the Torgau-Mock:rehna road. (19) (3) Guard an y intensified. The official bulletin of re s ;wuna, issue o . October 950, published a warning that entering a 200-meter zone from the depot fence,was at the risk of:life, (1i) Five trucks and one sedan belonged to the 8th Gds kecz Div of the Tulkow and Juet (2) Accordin officers (5) depot in the potash mine of was abandoned by the Soviets First Gds Mecz Army; one truck to a headquarters unit of, the First Gds Mecz Army; one truck to a headquarters unit of the Eighth Gds Army; and one truck to the. MVI). regiment in Leipzig. 25X1 (6) According to reliable information the former German ammunition in October 1948 to allow for the resumption of potash mining. The resumption of production by the Soviets is reported for the first time. and requires confirmation Since the depot had been used only for the ; e o German ammunition prior to 1918, it is doubted that' ammun,tion should now be manufactured there. It is possible,. however, that ammunition may again be stored there, (7) Possibly an ammunition supply =tepii on the grounds of the former autobahn rest camp, about 1,200 meters west of Finowfurt. The depot was observed as early as February 1950, bu .was not identified as an ammunition depot. It probably belongs to the Fourth Gds.Mecz SECF:ET) 25X1 Approved For Release 2005/02/17 : CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1 Approved For Release 2005/02/17 : CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1 Approved For Release 2005/02/17 : CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1 ? Approved For Release 2005/8Z'CIA-RDP83-00415R01210MQ06-1 CEi RAL 1 L16ENC E AGENCY t A Depot on the Berlin-Stettin .Autobahn, West of Pinow urt SECRET) fo Scs /e Approved For Release 2005/02/17 : CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1 Approved For Release 2005/002/17:: CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1 /1 25X1 25X1 Legend to Annex 3 1 Main guardhouse 2 Guardhouse at a rpAd barrier 3 Guardhouse at a road barrier 4 Checkpoint 5 Ammunition maintenance houses, greet-painted solid brick structures, about 10xL.0x6 meters, with flat, rel,;nforced concrete roofs. The houses had iron doors, about 3 deters wide and 4 meters high, and two jI'4hkr: on each long side. Trucks entered the houses through the doors. 6 Ammunition packing houses, solid brjek structures which can hardly be distinguished from the maintenance houses. 7 Printing shop for nomenclature labels 8 Underground gasoline storage 9 Gasoline storage shed 10 Tool storage shed 11 Administration building 12 Soldering shop with packing- shed 13 Shed ' melting pitch 11 Solid structures resembling the ammunition maintenance houses 15 About 15: wooden barracks quartering, the Soviet depot personnel 16 PX building 17 Guard quarters 18 Laboratory in a former inn, heavily guarded and surrounded by a board fence about 3.5 meters high 19 Six two-story officers' houses, with, about 50 apartments and an officerst mess 20 Twenty-eight surface and subterranean ammunition bunkers. 25X1 SECRE,TJ Approved For Release 2005/02/17 : CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1 Approved For Release 2005/0 E'CIA-RDP83-00415R01210009M-1 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Legends See 6: i `est. --t'I~arLroad Sf atior~ 25X1 SECR T~ not fo Sca/c Approved For Release 2005/02/17 : CIA-RDP83-00415RO12100090006-1