I had a wonderful time in Belgium and as you might imagine I visited some of the many museums dedicated to the many conflicts that have taken place in that little country. In fact there was something of a theme to my selection of visits as I chose to take a look at some of the coastal fortifications that were build by our later day enemies to defend them against we marauding Brits!
Its a rather novel concept to think of other continental nations preparing themselves for invasion by us, we normally think of the situation reversed. But Ostend - a seaside resort in Flanders - has been occupied on several occasions by Britain's historical enemies, notably the French and then the Germans (on two occasions).
My first visit was to the impressive brick bastion on the east of the town called - appropriately - Fort Napoleon. This beautifully renovated and preserved French fort protected the harbour from invasion from British forces during the Napoleonic period...
|Wonderful aerial shot of Fort Napoleon (not mine I hasten to add)!|
|Belgian 120mm (12cm K370b) artillery piece, captured by the Germans|
and used in the Atlantic Wall battery at Ostend.
|...On the 21st December 1943 Field Marshal Erwin Rommel visited the|
Ostend Battery, here he is seen inspecting the above mentioned 120mm.
But now it's back to funny little projects...See you soon!