Latest to emerge from the Partizan 'plane purchase pile was this rather neat Gustav. It looks to me like the old Airfix model. Aside from slapping a bit of varnish over the markings I've left it unmolested.
Just west of Ostend (but not as far west as Westende) is a lovely stretch of Atlantikwall.
Next door is a German coastal battery dating from the Great War but when we visited it was being renovated. Which gives me an excuse to go back...
Unlike many such lumps of Atlantikwall, this one is well preserved (one careful owner, never assaulted) and still fitted out with many of the original toys. Like this rather nice PAK40.
I'll let the photos do most of the talking.
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A very dangerous thing. And a big bomb.
There is a good display of beach obstacles.
A Belgian gun - under new management as a 12cm K370(b). Actually it's a replica but it looks good.
A 105mm U-Boat gun.
Several of the bunkers contain these well-equipped mannequins. In some museums these can be rather cringe-worthy but here they are very well done. I think the chap second in from the left looks a lot like Martin R.
This was the Commandant's house - very nice too!
After a couple of hours it was time to fill up with relatively cheap Belgian diesel and head back to Zeebrugge for the ferry. Three miles short of the terminal the mileage for the trip hit 1,000.
Coming soon - the Command Bus tours the Netherlands...
After the morning at the Bastogne Barracks we drove across into the Netherlands. This journey included part of the rather character-building Liege ring road - a multi-lane extravaganza of apparently random on and off slip lanes (on both sides!), tunnels and bridges.
Valkenburg styles itself as the 'Dutch Alps' and the town contains an actual hill! At one end of this elevated land is a castle dating from the 14th Century. Sadly it is ruined having been destroyed in 1672 by William III as he was worried the French might capture it.
The campsite and motorhome parking is also on the hill.
The Command Bus can just be seen behind the bushes. It's quite a drop so I reversed onto out pitch very carefully!
Bits of castle wall. Despite it's poor state it is well worth a look...
...not least because of the views it affords over the surrounding landscape.
Further up the hill is a cafe and tower accessible by...