Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pas-de-Calais
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Located in the forest near the village of Éperlecques in Pas-de-Calais, the Éperlecques Blockhouse is the biggest blockhouse in Northern France, standing 33 metres high, 95 metres wide and 216 metres long! Built on Hitler's orders in 1943, it was intended for the production of liquid oxygen and was meant to serve as a launch base for the autonomous V2 rockets that were due to be fired at London. But the site was spotted by the Allies, who bombed it 25 times between August 1943 and August 1944, delaying then cancelling the rockets' launch. Bomb impacts are still visible on one part of the building.
A true place of remembrance steeped in history, the blockhouse has many audio and visual exhibits. You can also see a genuine launch pad and a V1 rocket ready to take off.
The Éperlecques Blockhouse
Located in the department of the North, in the Hauts-de-France, the blockhouse of Eperlecques is a bunker of the Second World War classified with the Historical Monuments. Installed in the heart of an eponymous forest, it was built by Nazi German troops between 1943 and 1944 to serve as a launching pad for V2 missiles targeting London and southern England.
Never completed, the building suffered many Allied bombings before being definitively abandoned. Sound bells installed all over the site to learn more about the history of the place and audioguides are also available in different languages.
Largest blockhouse in the north of France, it has been open to the public since 1973 and allows you to admire an authentic launching base with a V1 ready to take off, as well as a bomb Tallboy fallen during the bombing.