The existence of the bell seems to have started from the claims of a Polish writer Igor Witkowski who became aware of the project after seeing secret transcripts from a KGB interrogation of a SS Officer Jakob Sporrenberg the details of which Witkowski published in his book Truth about the Wunderwaffe.
Witkowski speculated that the device generated an anti-gravity effect and a strange henge like structure at the site was used for testing this phenomena. However, a claim by Gerold Schelm debunks the henge part of the story demonstrating that there is a similar structure in the Polish city of Siechnice which is a frame for a water tower.
The story was further popularized by Nick Cook in his book The Hunt for Zero Point. Cook speculated that the device created a "torsion field" and that some physical state "If you generate a torsion field of sufficient magnitude you can bend the four dimensions of space around the generator. When you bend space, you also bend time."
1. The Bell was reportedly a metallic object, approximately 9 ft. in diameter and 12-15 ft. tall;
2. It looked like a "Bell", hence its codename to the Germans, die Glocke;
3. It was comprised of two counter-rotating cylinders, rotating a purplish liquid-metallic looking substance code-named "Xerum 525" by the Germans, at high speeds;
4. "Xerum 525" was apparently highly radioactive, being purple in color, and housed in cylinders with lead lining 3 cm (12 in.) thick.
5. The Bell apparently required high amounts of electrical power in its operation;
6. During use, it could only be run for approximately one to two minutes, as it apparently gave off strong radiation and/or other electromagnetic or unknown field effects;
1. Several scientist died on its first operation;
2. Subsequent tests included various plants and animals, all of which decomposed into a blackish goo and without normal putrefaction, within a matter of a few minutes or hours after exposure to its field effects when in operation;
3. Technicians near the Bell during these experiments reported metallic tastes in their mouths after being exposed to it;
4. The chamber in which the Bell was tested was lined with ceramic bricks and rubber mats, and had to have its rubber matting removed and burned after each test, and it was subsequently washed down with brine by inmates from nearby concentration camps;
7. All the scientists and witnesses who saw or worked on the Bell were murdered by the SS as the war neared its end;
8. The Bell was transplanted out of Silesia to a destination that has never been discovered. The Bell, along with General Kammler himself, simply disappear entirely from history, never to be seen again. It is believed, however, that both the Bell and General Kammler were transported by U-boat to a base outside of the Reich (Base 211 in Neu Schwabenland, Antarctica being the strongest choice being the strongest candidate). Others suggest Norway where German troops still held that territory.
9. A strange "henge" like structure was constructed by the Germans out of reinforced concrete near the facility where the Bell was located and tested. This structure resembled a test rig for the possible test of extremely powerful propulsion devices.