Much of what transpired during the latter stages of the Second World War are a matter of fact. Other events are a matter of conjecture. Yet others are a matter of ‘if that was true, …’ The Battle of Los Angeles is a matter of fact, even though no-one can totally explain it. The missing American Blimp Pilots is a matter of conjecture. Die Glocke is most certainly a ‘what if?’.
In short, Die Glocke (The Bell) was a rumoured top secret pinnacle of the Nazi Wunderwaffe war effort. This terrifying object might have escaped the world’s notice were it not for an intrepid journalist called Igor Witkowski. In the year 2000, Witkowski published a book in his native Poland entitled Prawda o Wunderwaffe – or The Truth About the Wonder Weapon. In this expose, Witkowski revealed that he first discovered the existence of the device when he read transcripts of an interrogation session of former SS Officer Jakob Sporrenberg. Witkowski went on to say that he was provided with classified documents in relation to Nazi secret weapons by a Polish Intelligence Officer that he refused to identify. Although he was prohibited from taking direct copies of these files, Witkowski was allowed to transcribe them. Despite the lack of solid evidence to substantiate Witkowski’s claims, the groundwork he performed did pique the interest of British author Nick Cook, who took up the mantle and presented the story of the Nazi Bell to a much wider audience.
The Bell itself was given its moniker due entirely to the shape of the object. It was developed using a hard, heavy metal and stood approximately 3.7m tall (12ft) but perhaps as much as 4.6m (15ft) and was 2.7m (9ft) in diameter at its widest point. When in operation it was said to have a pair of counter-rotating cylinders that were filled with a violet coloured substance similar to mercury. This liquid was metallic and had the exotic name of Xerum 525. When not powering the Bell, it was stored in a metre tall thin thermos flask that was lined with lead. Xerum 525 was not the only substance used in the Bell’s operation: something called Leichtmetall (light metal) was also added. Perhaps this was some sort of lubricant – like adding oil to the engine of a normal car. Early testing of the Bell was said to have proved catastrophic. Strong radiation that emitted from the device supposedly led to the deaths of several Nazi scientists and animal test subjects.
Production of the Bell was alleged to have been inside a facility known as Die Riese or The Giant close to the Czech border. Not far from the Wenceslaus mine is a curious looking construction that has been dubbed The Henge. It is a concrete frame that may have been constructed specifically for testing the anti-gravity capabilities of the machine. Others dismiss this outright and believe that it was a support for a long forgotten cooling tower.
At the end of the Second World War, both the Bell and its team of scientists and developers all disappeared. SS General Hans Klammer, in command of the Third Reich’s secret projects, also disappeared without a trace. Only a pair of Nazi Bells were ever constructed according to legend. The second of these, referred to as Ju-390, was also never recovered. There are several intriguing possibilities surrounding the fate of the Bell and Klammer. Either he and it were accepted into the American military, or a South American Nazi sympathizing nation took delivery of man and machine, or two decades after disappearing from rural Germany, it came to rest in rural Pennsylvania just outside a town called Kecksberg.