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The Nazi Henge

There has been an attempt to discredit the story of the Nazi Bell recently that has appeared in various UFO-related sites, by attacking the idea that the structure at Ludwigsdorff, which I call "the Henge" and which Igor Witkowski and Nick Cook call "the Flytrap" was nothing but a support base for a cooling tower for an electrical power plant.

The argument is encapsulated in a couple of pictures. First, just to recall, here is the Nazi Bell's "Henge" or "Flytrap." Witkowski has argued that this was some sort of outdoor test rig for the device in his mamouth examination of Nazi secret weapons, The Truth About the Wunderwaffe, and Nick Cook elaborated on the idea in his bestseller, The Hunt for Zero Point.

Nazi-Henge, UFO Hunters

Cooling Tower Base as Shown on UFO Hunters, Season Two, Episode 18

The argument basically may be shown by a comparison of the base structure of a modern cooling tower. This is the picture used for comparison, to make the point. THis is from UFO Hunters, season two, episode 18. There can be no denying that there is a strong resemblance, and that the Henge like structure at Ludwigsdorff could have been the foundation for a cooling tower. After all, it is well known that there was an entire electrical power plant there, and there is a photo in Witkowski's book, dating from the war, showing the clear picture of three cooling towers! (See Igor Witkowski, The Truth About the Wunderwaffe, p. 268).

And that is the beginning of the problem for the "cooling tower hypothesis", for where are the other two henge like cooling tower structures? This is where, in my opinion, once again the television media's investigative powers were somewhat superficial and disappointing, for had they bothered to consult Witkowski's research, on p. 272, there are two overhead views of the Ludwigsdorff complex, aerial views showing The Henge, one dating from 1954, with no cooling tower. I plan to post a longer article about this problem with Witkowski's picture of the 1954 aerial view, in the future. Posting it here would not show the detail it needs to show. But the point is, that it also states on that page that this is similar to Allied aeial photographs from autumn of 1944 - "on which, for the first time, the mysterious ring-like structure first appeared." Ring like structure, but no cooling tower; remember, those were already built.

Dugway Proving Ground Henge Aerial View

The Dugway Proving Ground Henge, Aerial View, from

We have a ring-like structure that, viewed from the air, looks remarkably like a similar structure at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, barely visible in this photograph. While not readily visible in this photo, under magnification the structure looks remarkably similar to the Nazi Henge, and to the cooling tower support structure seen on UFO Hunters. The problem is, there is clearly no cooling tower at the Dugway Proving Ground. So the bottom line is, while the Nazi Henge structure may look superficially similar to the cooling tower support structure, that hypothesis fails to account for the structure on a number of counts: (1) where are the other such structures for the three cooling towers visible in Witkowski's photgraph of Ludwigsdorff from the war? (2) why don't they show up in the wartime Allied aerial photo and in the later 1954 photo?

And the answer is, the Henge was not the structural base of a cooling tower any more than the Dugway Proving Ground henge is either.

Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. marcos anthony toledo on July 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Any structure design can serve more than one purpose and always have throughout history I read Nick Pope book but I haven’t been able to track down Igor Witkowsky The Truth About the Wonderwaffe do you know where I can find it. It is interesting that the forerunner of UFO Hunters UFO Files had a episode on Nazi UFOs and the Discovery Channel had a show on Nazis and Rosswell and from what I have learn from you and Henry Stevens and about TT Brown the idea of terrestial UFOs is well grounded.

  2. Jonothon Boulter on July 1, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Am In London and am involved in a Project for research into the Bell. The Group is centred in France but we are looking for interested people elsewhere.

  3. JV on June 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    That round thing at Dugway seems to be called the West Vertical Grid. Here is some info about it:

    Pretty fascinating in its own right!

  4. sendil on April 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    hello Joseph P. Farrell ,
    Please can you tell me about cooling towers?

  5. sendil on April 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Nice Information. Thanks for your useful information.

  6. MattB on January 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm


  7. MattB on January 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Speaking of German technology:

    There back!

  8. Bruce on January 5, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks for your response to the “colling tower” idea. Once again you make a very good case.

    I don’t think the Henge is necessary to your arguments about the bell, but i was a bit disappointed when I saw that UFO Hunters show.

    • Joseph P. Farrell on January 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      You’re right, it isn’t necessary to the argument, but it is a component of the story and that, I think, is really what neither the skeptics nor true believers can handle, i.e., that there might indeed be an exoctic technology in play and that it might NOT be extraterrestrial

    • sendil on April 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm


  9. Pete C on January 5, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Totally agree with you Joseph, yet another example of ‘lazy’ journalism.

  10. MattB on January 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I agree Joseph.

    Also, a lot of building foundations are pre fabricated or re use standard models. It makes sense that the modern looking tower structures would be related to war time models. Why re invent the wheel or in this case the tower?

    There are examples from eastern Europe where factories simply kept producing either German or Russian machines and structures a long time after those powers had left the region-they simply renamed those factories and designs. Once again, why reinvent designs when you can plagiarise?

    It’s not like cooling towers are going to have dramatic functional issues that require massive redesigning.

    • Joseph P. Farrell on January 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm

      Thanks Matt. It really is another case of not doing the research.

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