Updated June 13 2006, May 23 2014.
On June 6 1940, Brûly-de-Pesche was
the location were Hitler was staying during the invasion of the Low Countries
This location is unique. Almost nothing has changed. Two bunkers have been build. A third one was never completed.
The two 'Luftschutz' bunkers still exist. The first one is the 'Hitler bunker'(he only visited it once) and the second bunker is sometimes refered to as the 'Goering Bunker'
But this has never been confirmed and I think this is a Hoax.
Two reconstructed chalets are standing in the woods on exactly the same place as they were during the invasion of Belgium and France.
Brûly-De-Pesche: Left the church, middle
the 'pastorie' and at the right the School.
In 1940, the church served as movie theater for Hitler. The 'Pastorie' (Pfarrhaus), the adjudants of Hitler, Engel and Gabriël(yes !) were sleeping here. Right: Wilhelm Keitel and Jodl were living here. The charts of the German invasion were studied here by Hitler, Jodl, Engel, Keitel, Deyhle and von Puttkamer.
Left: Aerographic picture of Brûly-de-Pesche.
Right: Plan of Von Putkamer. The plan is authentic but the location
of the second bunker is deeper in the woods and more perpendicular to the
house on the left. The second bunker is still there, but on private
ground and cannot be visited.
It is told that the second bunker was made for Goering but this is wrong. The bunker was made for protection against air raids. This can be seen on the sign which was placed on the junction between the left and the right house on the picture above. The right house is mentioned on Von Putkamer's chart as number 10, which was used as the 'Kommandatur' for the airfield of the Fieseler Storch airplanes.
Göring and Hitler at the Airfield with
in the background the 'Kommandatur'.
Right: Kommandatur now from another angle.
Location of the sign pointing to 'Luftschutzraum'. It is pointing to the position of the second bunker.(see further)
The Pastorie'Pfarrhous': Sleeping area of Captain
Engel and Captain Gabriel.
(a coincidence?... Engel...Gabriel or Angel Gabriel...just read René Mathot's exellent book 'Hitler in België' !)
Hitler and Keitel close to the St-Méenfontain.
A trashcan has been placed on almost exact the same position were Hitler and Keitel are standing. Coincidence..... ?
I believe the white signs on the threes were intended for not loosing their way on return to their chalets by night.
Church at Brûly-de-Pesche now and in 1940.
The church was a cinema where Hitler was looking at war time documentaries. The top of the tower was gone and a watertank was placed on it. Inside the church everything which reminded it to be a church was gone.
'Wolfspalast', in 1940 restaurant and movie-theater
but also the 'Haus der Presse' of Otto Dietrich.
Now a café with the original habitants still there !
Hitler with Gerhard Engel. Right:
Exact the same place now. Well... the phone box wasn't there in 1940
In 1940 the school was confiscated and became the HQ of the Wehrmacht.
The two entrances of Hitler's bunker.
Two of the 3 bunkers were completed. Work on a third bunker has started but never finished. After the departure of the FHQ to Tannenberg much material of the third bunker has been recuperated by the local civilians. After that the group 'Hotton', the resistance organisation moved into the woods as a ideal hiding place. They were never discovered by the Germans.
Taking photographs is rather difficult. The trees are obstructing much light and contrast when there is much sunlight is very big. The forrest is very dense and when it is cloudy long exposure times are necessary.
Just a small corridor with a tiny little room. Certainly no place for Göring !
The Second Bunker (number 9 on plan from Von Putkamer) isn't freely accessible.
Two places where Hitler and his adjudants were
Left: An 'Omega' like sign and Right some kind of pool to give Hitler some entertainment.
Nicely reconstructed shelter of the 'Hotton' resistance people.
The second chalet is dedicated to the resistance people. The First chalet(Hitler's one) shows a documentary about the invasion of the Benelux and France and Hitler at Brûly-de-Pesche. During WWII it was used as dining place for Hitler. This was also the place were Hitler and his people were listening to the 'Seize Fire' radio broadcasting in the night of June 24-25 1940.
The second bunker: (Luftschutzraum) is on private grounds. You must ask permission to enter !
Entrance and the main room with only place for hiding agains bombing raids. Middle: toilet connecition.
Sources: Some information commes from René Mathot's book 'Hitler in België'. It was published by Lannoo in 2000 ISBN 90-209-4217-4. I think you can buy it in the museum.
A series of urban artifacts, places and
buldings was broadcasted on the second Belgium Public chanel 'Canvas'
The episode about Hitler's Headquarter in Bruly De Pesche was choosen as many's favourite.