La Coupole, Wizernes, France V2 Launch Base
and
Rocquetoire the Leitstand of La Coupole.

Updated August 29, 2004, March 17 2013

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La Coupole before 2003 as photographed from a Mosquito in 1944.

La Coupole, located at Wizernes, France is a huge dome meant to launch V2 rockets during WW2.
No rocket was ever launched.

La Coupole June 2003...
I have to be hounest, I am a little dissapointed.  Before 2003 little was changed on the dome.
It almost looked like 1944.  Even the soil was original.  Now its gone and a new layer of concrete has
been put upon the dome. It just looks like a new dome.
Maybe this restoration was necessary, who will tell...

Ground Plan.  Some tunnels were not finished yet.  Tho Hospital and Office section is much larger than indicated.

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Entrance main railway tunnel.(2000)

Inide the museum, you'll find this model: it gives a good idea how it must have been if construction was finished.

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Left: Tunnel, the Mathilde gallery, I had to return to this site to find out.
Right: One of the unfinished tunnels.
 

This would be the construction place of A4-A2 rocket.  The different stages of the wall are meant for fueling the rocket.

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Left: V2 inside the dome museum.  Apparently serial number 4596.  No engine installed here.
Right: V1,  also in the museum with serial number 478764.

Beneath the dome with its 5m thick concrete structure.  It has a diameter of 71m.  Mass of the dome is 55.000 tons.

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Ventillation shaft of La Coupole.

The holes of the ventillation shaft.  They look small but they are HUGE.

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Inside the ventillation shaft.
Looking downwards you only see trash and something which looks like a fence.
The ventillation shaft doesn't seem to be in 'working order'...  It needs some cleaning...

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Left: I very often found some inscriptions from employers on the bunkers from the 'Atlantic Wall' .  No exception here: Date 1944 !
Right: Detached concrete after one of the bombing raids on Wizernes.  These are the V2 exits Gretchen and Gustav.

Wizernes bunker with many bomb craters photographed on 6 July 1944.

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Nearby there's strange bunker with tobruk.  Only one room.  At the entrence there's a L.S. sign probably used as a Luftshutz bunker.

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The hospital in 1944.

The hospital now.  Many bullet holes are visible on the hospitals office section.
The holes are there because the office section has been used as a shooting target by local people after WWII.

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Left: 1st sight inside the hospital !  Looking at room B2.
Unfortunately you can't get in anymore.  It is completely sealed off.

Right: Door intactly preserved in the hospital section.  Location near F4.

Look at the 1944 hospital picture.  At the right side there's a tunnel
entrance which is completely covered up right now. This is seen from the inside.

Guardhouse close at the Railway Station of Wizernes.

The guardhouse now. I wonder if the fence is the original one of 1944.  It looks so.

The Rocquetoir bunker served as a Leitstand for the V2 bunker at La Coupole.  The bunker was an experimental one for making the V2 launches at La Coupole more precise.  It never went into service.
 
 

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