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Blockhaus d'Eperlecques
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Someone who visited the Blockhaus said it was not worth the detour. I disagree. The Blockhaus is a monument to the suffering of all those who were forced to construct it, it is also the grave of several workers - some of whom were Jews and their remains are interred in the structure.

The Blockhaus is also a reminder of why our parents fought evil, in my case my wife's father was probably involved in one of the visits that the RAF paid to the site and it was functional almost up to the end of the war when it was over run by allied forces. I think from memory - I don't have the book to hand, that it is mentioned in either the "Dambusters" or "Cheshire VC," as 617 Squadron were certainly users of the "Tallboy" bombs that were dropped on the site.

Those people who built it suffered and if for no other reason we should all visit it and spend some time in quiet contemplation of those who suffered because evil tried to reign supreme. That the Blockhaus is still relatively intact is a tribute to those poor people who built it.

Go and remember them. Thank your god that evil was defeated and remember what the Blockhaus could have done.

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Not a place to "enjoy" as it remains a monument to one of the horrors of the second world war. The place itself is as entitled a "block" of concrete built to house & fuel the V2 bombs that rained down on London. Built using Belgium and French labourers and in some cases their bodies too, shovelled into the concrete that makes up the building. The place remains a testament to the most hideous aspects of war, remaining as it does pretty much untouched since being vacated by the Germans. It is something one should see.

Thank nick_nadine
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

We found the Blockhaus by putting in Watten into our satnav, and than when we got to Watten, we found signs that took us to Blockhaus. It was 9€ per adult to enter.

It was very interesting and eye opening about how they launched the V2 missiles, and inside the actual Blockhaus was the replica of the V2. It was bigger than I imagined and looked dark, that you could feel what actually happened here.

Thank Tarry11
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

The blockhouse was a preparation and launch site for the German V1 and V2 terror weapons.
It was pulversised by allied bombers a month before it was due to be completed. Despite that it still remains largely intact, and sufficient remains for its scale to bring gasps from the most sceptical visitors.
I first visited it some years ago when it initially opened, and it has changed since then.
On arrival you enter a short steep walk to find yourself tied into the story of the holocaust and political prisoners. There are rail wagons which give an idea of how many prisoners were forcibly moved around Europe by the Nazis, and with multi-national soundtracks operated by the visitor you quickly become familiar with the horrific work ethic forced on the prisoners - that or die.
Throughout the site there are contemporary vehicles, guns and bombs that were dropped on the blockhouse. But nothing prepares you for rounding the fence and discovering the towering mass of concrete that survived the Dambusters' Tallboy earthquake bombs, or the Disney bomb - one of which was only removed from the roof of the structure in 2009.
Inside a fullscale replica of a V2 rocket stands in one of the galleries where it was intended they would be prepared then launched on London. Outside the smaller V1 doodlebug sits on its ramp ready to be fired on the Home Counties.
Although it is not advertised as such, and may be hard on the arms (or pushers backs) disabled chairs should be able to access all points of the park.
One feature of the site is the bomb damage. In places the woods are pockmarked with craters. But it is only at the back of the site that you can see the way the reinforced concrete was pulverised by anumber of direct hits that killed guards and prisoners alike.
The tour is a little disjointed, but you can stop and listen again to anything that you didn't understand. As well as English, French and German, Dutch, Spanish and other European talks are provided at the push of a button.
There is no food on site, nor guides (which might have helped). The toilets are next to the entrance and the communal sink is outside in the open air.
Well worth a visit, but keep an eye out for the signs: more are needed.
Ideal for adults and students, but unlikely to keep to the children occupied.

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Reviewed September 10, 2013

A bit off the beaten track Le Blochaus is well worth the effort to track down. It is a huge great big chunk of concrete that was literally lifted out of the ground by the way it was constructed. The roof was cast first and then lifted up and the wall built under the roof. This was then jacked up until the required height was achieved. Entrance to the concrete bunker is via a train wagon that shipped in the forced labour to build this leviathan. Wear some study shoes as it is a bit stony. Various war memorabilia are dotted along the pathway. These include a German one man submarine and allied vehicles and guns. As you approach the concrete structure it appears even bigger. A walk to the back of the site and there is a commentary that tells of the night of a big raid by allied planes. In this raid a “Tall boy” bomb dropped by a Lancaster bomber scored a direct hit and blew a huge hole in the reinforced structure. The damage is all too apparent with walls displaced and rubble still lying where it fell. There are story boards telling you the workings of the bunker. As you enter the floor level is 10 m higher than normal. It is still a huge building and this only adds to its immense size. The finished terror weapons were then primed ready and moved outside ready to fire. There is a V1 outside on the ramp ready to be launched. It takes about an hour to walk around and there is a picnic area for you to sit. A must visit, just to see the hole caused by allied bombs that put a stop to its launching of the terror weapons.

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