Koksijde - Villa 'La Vigie'

Situation November 1 2010
Update: January 5 2011, February 27 2011
Update: December 25 2011: with WWII trench position and some additions/corrections in the text.

In 1916 this was the place were the Australian Field Artillery used two guns to fire against the Tirpitz battery near Ostend.
On one of the two bunkers a villa was build in 1925.  In 1951 it was used by Belgian pilots from the nearby Air Force base at Koksijde.
In 1993 it was abandonned and in 2003 it was protected as a monument, although vandalism has taken its toll.  The second bunker has disappeared.

During the second World War it has been used by the German army.  It is most likely that a tunnel is still existing leading to the bunkers on the 'Hoge Blekker'.

During WWII this was the headquarter of Lei.Flak.Abt. 993 or Wn Geier.(Source Pierrot)

Here below you will find an impression of this villa with one of the bunkers still there.
There are two piramid shaped ammunition rooms but they belong to one bunker.

Many thanks goes to Kristof Jacobs.(Association for Batllefield Archeology and Conservation - ABAC)
He wrote the following Dutch Written article regarding Ville 'La Vigie';

 vigie.pdf

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The villa now, in detoriating condition...

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Some debris found around the villa.

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Here below you will find a WWI picture of the two ammuntion rooms of the bunker. The left one is hidden behind the wooden doors in the annex and the right is just behind the trees.

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Left: The entrance at the right side ammunition room.(thanks goes to Kristof Jacobs for providing me a good quality picture)

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Inside the right ammunition room.

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The entrance of the second ammunition room just behind the wooden door.

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Inside the second ammunition room.

Here below you find an impression of the remaining part of the villa.
Unfortunately, back into the nineties, it was still in perfect chape.  The Belgian Air Force abondonned the villa and now it is in a very detoriating state.

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Right: In fact this is the cellar but also the roof of the second ammunition room.  Be carefull because of the asbestos on the heating pipeline !

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It just looks like a 'Halloween' house...

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Right: Same view of the villa in better times.  It has been modified several times.

WWII Wn Geier

There are some remains of Wn Geier.  Here are some pictures.

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One of the trenches and blockhaus which can be found in the area.  It probably had a connection with Stp Panther at the Hoge Blekker.

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La Vigie during winter time close to the dark hours.

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