From 1943 to 1945, Germany undertook a plan to construct seven massive structures underneath Poland’s Owl Mountains.
Code-named Riese, the German word for Giant, the excavations were never completed. Their real purpose remains a complete mystery.
Some historians believe that the purpose was to create heavily fortified headquarters for the Fuhrer himself and a small garrison, alongside a series of underground military factories.
Such an idea is believed plausible. By 1943, the Allied bombing raids drastically increased German factories’ bombardment in the Motherland, forcing the Reich to relocate its factories to the East.
But others chose to think otherwise…
Studies conducted after the war revealed that only Książ Castle in Lower Silesia was modified and adapted as a Headquarters. At the same time, the rest of the structures remained incomplete, including the strange network of tunnels connected to each of the 7 secret facilities.
Additional investigations gathered from these facilities disturbed the Allied forces, triggering fears of Occultism and its relation to the Reich’s fascination for the paranormal and Germany’s Nordic past.
It was thought that the entire complex was created to study secret supernatural projects, hence the peculiar excavation sites and the underground facilities, hidden from curious eyes.
This was the case of The Hinge, an alleged wonder weapon, or Wunderwaffe, found near Sokolec, one of the 7 incomplete complexes.
Named “Die Glocke,” the paranormal weapon supposedly had the shape of a gigantic bell. Its purpose was described by SS Officer Jakob Sporrenberg, who fell into Allied hands after the war.
He described Die Glocke as a 9-foot diameter, 15-foot high, bell-shaped device made of hard, heavy metal.
Die Glocke contained two counter-rotating cylinders that were filled with a violet mercury-like substance code-named Xerum 525. This unknown substance was stored in a tall and thin thermos flask encased in lead.
Another substance included was Leichtmetall, which was composed of thorium and beryllium peroxides.
It is rumored that when the mysterious weapon was activated, it emitted a tremendous amount of radiation that zapped any living organism in a 490 to the 660-foot zone.
According to unsubstantiated witness accounts, crystals would form in animal tissues, blood would gel, and plants would decompose into a carbon sludge.
Additional analysis of the area has hinted that the Henge location was used for testing the anti-gravity properties of Die Glocke that could show images of the past and future in a concave mirror.
During the numerous tests conducted at the site, many of the leading scientists are said to have perished under this weapon’s terrible effects.
However, rumors about Himmler, the leader of the SS forces, known for his fascination with the Occult and Nordic runes, suggest that he may have disposed of the witnesses and the creators of the powerful weapon to keep it under strict custody of his organization.