The service camp


In the eastern amphitheatre, on either side of a small spring, are around thirty buildings of varying sizes spread over two to three levels. The largest constructions were located east of the spring. The large scale of these facilities indicates that they were designed for collective use, particularly since two of the buildings each contain the remains of two large brick ovens. The buildings to the west of the spring were more modest in size and seem more likely to have been used as barracks. The exception is the large platform structure, behind which excavations have revealed a refuse trench containing offcuts of movie film and graphite pencils used for the projector. This may well have been the cinema mentioned in the German archives, which also reveal that this section of the camp was reserved for soldiers recovering from injuries and technical specialists, including those responsible for training the troops in gas warfare.