Brûly-de-Pesche 1940

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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC627 contributions
Bunker from Eve of Fall of France-WWII
Apr 2019
Located just over the Belgian border from France in the middle of the Ardennes, this is an excellent site for history lovers, especially for those well read on World War II. On the eve of the Fall of France, Hitler and his staff came and stayed here. You park the car on the side of the road and walk down a mulch path to the bunker welcome center where a short film is shown (available in French with Dutch, English subtitles-German and others available too I think) which gives you a good overview of the surrounding area and what happened here. There are also photos from when the Germans occupied the area. Site includes a pathway to a reenactment of a resistance bunker, the original bunker built for Hitler and his staff, and a memorial exhibit to the resistance and Belgian soldiers who fought in WWII. You can also go back up the path to the remaining buildings in the village to see a few of them-including the church, there's also a strip of grass where the runway was and some heavy undergrowth where a pillbox bunker was. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Well worth the visit, from here it was easy to proceed east or to the southeast towards Bastogne or Luxembourg, respectively. Can also head west/southwest and you're in France within minutes. Peaceful area.
Written 27 February 2020
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account2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga92 contributions
Trying hard with not much
Sep 2019
This site is cheap, at €4, the staff are helpful, and they try hard with what they’ve got, the problem is it’s rather thin, the bunker is a tiny air-raid shelter, 6m^2, a chalet and some woodland stonework. There is an introductory video, and tales of the forced evacuation, but little else. The Resistance element is a locked wooden shelter. If they could expand the social history, and the Resistance bit, the contrast between big state issues and the local ones would be better. As it was a leisurely visit only took 40 minutes.
Written 18 September 2019
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woodcol
Shifnal, UK197 contributions
Hitler's Belgian bunker
Sep 2019 • Couples
Discover the hidden history of the village that became Hitler's HQ during the invasion of France in June 1940 Excellent film show and photo display, stand inside Hitler's concrete bunker and see where he conducted the French Campaign
Written 4 September 2019
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richielin
Chichester, UK34 contributions
little known time capsule
Jun 2019
if you are near this location its a fascinating little building with helpful staff and additional displays and film show
Written 20 August 2019
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Steve L
Copthorne, UK101 contributions
An interesting piece of nazi history in a quiet rural village
May 2019
An interesting site where AH planned the invasion of France, run by a lovely couple. There is a restaurant in the village but open in the evening only, remember to bring a packed lunch.
Written 19 May 2019
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Peter L
Taunton7 contributions
Hitler's campaign HQ
Jul 2018
I had read about this place in the British press and thought it would be interesting place to visit on our journey through Belgium. Small admission fee. A film and model explain what happened here and then you are free to wander around the site and see the original block house and a museum.
Written 12 August 2018
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curlytail55
Cleethorpes, UK369 contributions
Not just Hitler's bunker ...
Aug 2017 • Couples
Wasn't sure what to expect but we parked free near to the wooded museum. We walked past a couple of buildings in this hamlet disregarding them. The woods totally hide the 2 wooden chalets either side of the bunker. The 6 Euros seemed to be a bit steep but I changed my mind once I had experienced it. Hitler chose this as his HQ for around 20 days to oversee the final days of his capture of France. The local inhabitants of around 20 or so villages were given 2 hours to leave. The small concrete bunker seems insignificant but to stand in the doorway and inside it is chilling to know that you are standing exactly where Hitler stood. You follow the short wooded walks he also took. There is a reproduction wooden hideout of the type used by the Belgian resistance. The 2 wooden chalets are reproductions of the ones removed by the Nazis when they left. In one there are very good displays of the lifestyle, equipment and personal lives of the resistance which was very interesting. In the other was a filmshow explaining the background of Hitler's stay. Once outside the museum the hamlet takes on a different aspect. The inn that was used by his support staff serves nice refreshments. You can go in the church that was used to draw up the terms of surrender for France. (This was done overnight and Hitler left here with it the next day and went to France for it to be signed.) See the outside of the school that was used as a map room. A significant place of history.
Written 21 August 2017
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Richard T
Sedan, France22 contributions
Great visit, (if you can read French)
Mar 2017 • Friends
This is a really interesting visit. I hadn’t known anything about this advance HQ used by Hitler in the second half of the battle of France 1940. There are reconstructed chalets and the original blockhouse. There are clear explanations as to what happened with the expulsion of civilians from 28 villages around the site, the rapid construction and its purpose, and a museum. The only drawback is that none of the information was in English.
Written 17 April 2017
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Cimmerianbloke
Overijse, Belgium419 contributions
Hitler's Bunker
Aug 2015 • Couples
Hitler spent the whole month of June 1940 is the Belgian hamlet of Brûly-de-Pesche, where his staff built a Headquarter from where he supervised the invasion of nearby France. The bunker that was built in case of air bombing still stands, and the barracks that were built have been rebuilt from scratch as closely as possible. Both wooden chalets now host a brand new (winter 2014) exhibition showing Hitler and his staff in the hamlet, that was completely evacuated for safety reasons. A huge part of the exhibition presents the local Resistance movements, and is rich in weapons and historic artifacts. For history buffs.
Written 2 August 2015
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