Blockhaus d'Eperlecques, Eperlecques

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In World War II, the Nazis used thousands of prisoners to build Blockhaus d'Eperlecques, a bunker that now houses a privately owned museum. It was designed it as a launching facility for their V-2 ballistic missiles--capable of holding a hundred missiles and launching about 36 daily--as well as a liquid oxygen factory and a bomb-proof train station for missiles and supplies. Due to repeated bombing by the British and United States air forces, the bunker was never completed. The attacks caused substantial damage and rendered it unusable. Today, the museum presents the history of the site and the V-weapons program. See Blockhaus d'Eperlecques and all Eperlecques has to offer by arranging your trip with our Eperlecques travel route planning app.
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  • What a megalomaniac decided to built such a huge thing and expect not to be noticed. Even now bombed out and with nature slowly overgrowing it still has a kind of terrible beauty!  more »
  • This was a facinating place to visit. The ingenuity and engineering is amazing although the forced labour and purpose are sobering. The sheer scale of the bunker, and the 'tortoise' method of...  more »
  • Nothing can prepare you for the sheer size of this bunker complex. Once you've paid, there is a short walk through the trees with various items displayed. There is also a very handy audio guide that is operated by pushing the correct language button. However, walk a little further and around the corner is.........most people swear when they see the gigantic lump of concrete sticking out of the ground. They cannot comprehend the mass in front of them. Now let's not forget, the purpose of this monolith was to build and fire the V2 rockets; causing death and destruction!! They had it all planned out. There own liquid oxygen plant inside (rocket fuel). Railway lines ready to accept deliveries. Thankfully, in June 1940, after a series of bombings from America, Britain and Canada, they scientists fled and the bunker was never completed. More to the point, it never fired a rocket!!!
  • A museum well worth a visit to any tourist. Was not expecting anything this size. I found it so interesting, and it was amazing to actually be able to go inside.

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