Swastika-emblazoned boulder of Hitler’s Protection Battalion found in Wolf’s Lair
A boulder emblazoned with a swastika that belonged to the battalion that defended Hitler at his eastern headquarters has been discovered in north-east Poland.
During the Second World War, the Wolf’s Lair served as Hitler’s first Eastern Front military headquarters, becoming one of several Führerhauptquartiere in Central and Eastern Europe.
The top-secret site was built in a rural area, inside the Masurian woods.
It was located around 8 km from the East Prussian town of Rastembork (as it was known at the time), which is now Kętrzyn, Poland.
Now treasure hunter Artur Troncik, who is known for his historical finds, has discovered something new at the site: a boulder that belonged to the battalion that defended Hitler.
Troncik has lost count of how many times he has been told “There’s nothing left there – the Wolf’s Lair has been searched completely”. This has never put him off; in fact, it has given him even more energy to search the site, he says.
Feeling a strong urge to turn it over, he lifted the heavy rock, revealing its flat underside – decorated with a swastika painted inside a red square.
It also bears the letters “1. F.B.B.”, which provide a clue to its purpose.
According to Troncik, the boulder was used to mark the location of the barracks of the soldiers of the 1st Company of the Hitler Protection Battalion (Führer-Begleit-Bataillon, with the abbreviation F.B.B.), which was formed in 1939 to protect him at the front.
Troncik shared his discovery on his YouTube channel “Underground Passion”. The ten-minute video has been viewed over 200,000 times.
“Travelling to go exploring, I feel that this is that day. That was the case this time,” he says in the clip.
“I felt that I was travelling to discover something undiscovered that is in the Wolf’s Lair and is waiting to be discovered.”