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  Terrain Challenge: Terrain Challenge #54 (solved by Vampir)
Posted on Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:34 pm by webmaster
Terrain Challenge Submitted by Lestayo, hint WW2.


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Re: Terrain Challenge #54 (Score: 1)
by Vampir on Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:53 am
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This amazing complex is located in the Foret d’Eperlecques (Eperlecques Forest) about 5 km. from Watten (A26 road Calais-Saint Omer), France. This enormous bunker was constructed by the Germans in 1943 to accommodate; V-2 reception and storage; preparation of rockets for launch in a sheltered and controlled manner; on site production of liquid oxygen; and launch control with two firing pads.

On December 22, 1942, Hitler ordered the construction of giant bunkers for the launching of V-2's, the first one to be started in Pas de Calais as a matter of urgency. A special mission inspected the St. Omer area and chose Eperlecques as the site for the first Bunker. In March of 1943, Organization Todt engineers descended upon the Eperlecques Forest about five kilometers from the town of Watten (Calais, Saint Omer), France, to begin construction of the first enormous rocketlaunching bunker. Plans for the bunker had been drawn up in January and February by experts from both Peenemünde and Organization Todt. This enormous concrete bunker was to accommodate V-2 reception and storage, preparation of rockets for launch in a sheltered and controlled manner, on-site production of liquid oxygen, and launch control with two firing pads. The project was code-named Kraftwerk Nord West (KNW).

After first looking at a few places around Zouafques near Nordausques in particular, they decided on the area around Eperlecques. This location was chosen for several reasons. For the bunker to be logistically accessible during construction, -and then afterwards accessible for operational supply, it had to be built close to the Calais canal and a railway linking Calais to Basle. There was a double railway line linking Saint-Omer to Calais and a navigable canal for large barges. The site would be sheltered somewhat, with the location being at the foot of a forest that rose some 90 meters, sloping away from England and just inland enough to be out of range of naval guns. The roads were excellent near Watten and electrical supply was available because high-voltage power lines were in place already in the area.

120,000 cubic metres of concrete would be required, and the bunker would have to be built in only four months. Inside the bunker the Germans intended to build a factory to produce liquid oxygen, to avoid losing oxygen through evaporation if it were transported. An extensive ventilation system was planned, including anti-toxic gas filters where the fuels and explosive warheads were to be stored. There would also be lodging quarters for 250 soldiers and a mulitude of anti-aircraft batteries around the bunker.

See more: (exellent site) V2ROCKET.COM Watten Bunker/Eperlecques Blockhaus




Re: Terrain Challenge #54 (Score: 1)
by Lestayo on Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:56 pm
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No comment...
It seems we have to look for more dificult images.



Re: Terrain Challenge #54 (Score: 1)
by Lestayo on Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:59 pm
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Le Blockhaus is one of the biggest bunkers the Germans constructed in France. It would serve as a V2 rocket launching facility, but was never completed because the Germans started using mobile launching facilities to avoid bombing.
Located in the forest of Eperlecques, construction started in March 1943. The south section of the building was constructed by initially constructing a 5 meter (16ft) thick concrete plane weighing about 37.000 tons, which was incrementally raised 22m (72ft) high by hydraulic jacks and then supported by walls to become the roof. This principle was used to protect the workers during the allied bombing raids.


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Re: Terrain Challenge #54 (Score: 1)
by dumdum12 on Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:48 pm
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A Blockhaus made out of...well...concrete

Irony


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Re: Terrain Challenge #54 (Score: 1)
by Dauphin on Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:34 am
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Irony maybe but technically that's really brilliant


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