Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Eperlecques Blockhaus

On the way back towards Calais, we visited the Eperlecques Blockhaus at the edge of the Eperlecques Forest between St Omer and Calais.

The bunker was constructed for the main launch site for one of Hilter's terror weapons, the V2 rocket.  After partial destruction by repeated allied bombing, it was never completed and used for this purpose.  However it was used for liquid oxygen production for other V2 launch sites.

It was declared a monument historique by the French government in 1986 and is open to the public as a museum.

The site is both fascinating and evocative.  The owners have provided interpretative material about the slave labour force who worked there, many of whom perished when the site was bombed. Other WW2 artifacts are display including tanks, jeeps and a V1 doodlebug with its ski launcher.

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