Back Havengeulkaai 1, Oostende

Here you can see a combat bunker that was part of the Atlantic Wall. As the name suggests, the main armament of this bunker was a mortar with a range of 750 metres. The mortar stood under a heavy, armoured mortar canopy, a protective dome from which only the barrel of the mortar protrudes. In this way the soldiers who operated the mortar and the mortar itself were to some extent protected. The purpose of the mortar bunker was to defend the beaches and military bases. The Ostend mortar bunker is the only one of its type in Flanders. On the walls and in the mortar canopy itself you can see old service text.

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