V3 Mimoyecques WW2 BunkerV3 Mimoyecques WW2 Bunker

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V3: the third vengeance weapon... Hidden frightening tunnels and cannons...

My experience, Explo description: 

The V3 was built in 1943-1944 by Hitler to try to reverse the impending defeat of Nazis... It consisted in barrages of small rocket projectiles fired from 25 underground cannons capable of reaching London ...

The complex was supposed to launch waves of 300 rockets an hour, speeding at 1500 m/second. Each cannon had a calibre of 150mm and was 130m long, lying in underground tunnels. Had these cannons existed, they would have been the biggest guns in the whole world.

Thousands of prisoners were camped in horrible conditions at the complex near Marquise village, to dig the tunnels.

As the V3 represented a big threat, it was massively bombed and finally destroyed on 6th of July 1944, with the powerful "Tallboy" bomb, specially developed to pierce the thick concrete of V-weapon bases.

That place is now a museum. Visiting it gives you a strange feeling as you imagine how did the prisoners live there... Audio guided visit is available. Beware, as you penetrate into the tunnels, the temperature is cold !

My personal recommendations: 

If you are interested in History, do not forget to visit close to that place the Todt Battery and the Eperleques Blockhaus.

How getting there: 

By car. The battery is located close to the road going from Leudinghen to Mimoyecques villages, 5km (NE) from Marquise. Marquise is about 15km from Boulogne and 20 km from Calais.
Directions : Exit 7 from Calais-Boulogne autoroute ; follow D231 to Landrethun, then signs to Mimoyecques.

A tip to eat: 

A sympathetic family-hold restaurant is located at the entrance of the museum.

A tip to sleep: 

You can find lodging like B&B close to the museum in the numerous neighbourhood little villages.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

1 Apr- 11Nov : every day 11.00-18.00 (incl.Suns and holidays) ; 1 Jul-30 Aug : 10.00-19.00.

Entry fees: 

Information/ reservations :
Tel : 00 33 (0)3 21 87 10 34 - Fax : 00 33 (0)3 21 83 33 10
There is an admission fee.