Updated April 30 2007, June 30 2007, March
(c)2007, 2008 T.Cools
Update; February 27, 2012: Picures added R501.
April 23 2007, I've got informed that the
117a of Stp Landhaus Westkapelle is beeing demolished.
Here is a complete plan of the site. Most bunkers are already gone. Only a 501, a Tobruk remains.
At Stp Landhaus Westkapelle, the following bunkers were constructed: 1X117a, 1x134(K), 1x134, 5x501.
This was the headquarter of 'Oberst' Oskar Rädler, commander of 732 IR.
Most pictures are taken on April 23 2007 with the exception of the WWII pictures and when another date is mentioned.
Complete chart of the Stützpunkt. All bunkers above the main horizontal road are already gone.
Left: NGI plan with locations and right Google Earth image. Only the R501(003) and probably a Tobruk(002) remains.
Ter Dycken restaurant, this was the place of the Officers but it seems to be totally modified. Situation 2005.
The 117a approximately the same angle now
and then. Left is the totally overgrown bunker. At the far
end of picture there's an overgrown 501.
Left picture taken in 2005. Right: Map (c) Rudi Rolf(www.rudirolf.name)
The remaining R501 completely overgrown.(Do not enter the bunker if you do not have permision)
Inside the 'Bereitschaftsraum'
Panoramic picture of the room. There are some small niches inside this room. Difficult to make decent photographs with the walls painted in black.
fficBunker number KNO-W 04-151
'Scharte' of a special design.
A 501, not the one above. It is already gone. These bunkers were very nicely camouflaged.
The 117a in 2005.
Demolishment has started.
Room numbers of the 117a assigned by
Designs are (c) Rudi Rolf(www.rudirolf.name)
2.Nachkampfraum-Close Combat Defence
9. Beobachtungspanzer-Observation turret
33. Unteroffiziersraum-Non-commissioned officer
76. Nickelsammlerraum-Nickel batteries
From Rudi Rolf's 'Atlantic Wall Typology'
A playground will be installed here at the location of the 117a.
Camouflage still visible. Approximately the same place as the picture from WWII.
'Nahkampfraum' from the outside, still with camouflage motive.
Inside one of the rooms wich was converted into a wine storage room.(April 24 2007)
Valves and filter in very good shape.(April 24 2007)
Left: Room 1 and Room 2, Right: hook on roof.(April 24 2007)
Tobruk but completely covered.(April 24 2007)
(almost) the end.(left April 23 and right April 24 2007)
Apparently the 117a is difficult to kill,
after two weeks trying to demolish the bunker they still have a lot to
This is the situation on April 30 2007.
And the final result...at least some place to park your car...