WW2 German Hospital Found in Belgium

#1
Hopefully safe enough to be opened to the public. Imagine how many young women they might have found if it had been in Austria!

'A field hospital belonging to the Nazis has been discovered beneath a municipal well in the town of Wevelgem, confirming year-old rumours that such facilities lay just below the ground in the small Flemish town, according to reports.

“It had space for about 200 people,” he said, adding that there were also desks with painted walls for the officers. “It must have been an important place for the Germans,” he said. “It still looks like it was left by the Nazis — there are no signs of vandalism yet.” Strategically located near the French border, and due to its airport and long runway, Wevelgem was an important place for the Nazi regime.'

Underground Nazi field hospital discovered in Flemish town
 
#5
Also don't know about it being a field hospital. It looks more like a cellar with secure steel doors that's had a few benches installed to make it a bit more comfortable as an air raid shelter.
 
#7
desks with painted walls for the officers.
Underground Nazi field hospital discovered in Flemish town
"desks with painted walls" - a translation error?
 
#10
Also don't know about it being a field hospital. It looks more like a cellar with secure steel doors that's had a few benches installed to make it a bit more comfortable as an air raid shelter.
A newly discovered hospital will attract more paying visitors.
No-one had been down there since 1945? Really?
 
#12
"desks with painted walls" - a translation error?
Bureau? French for office, English for a desk. An office with painted walls for officers, would make some sense.
Google Translate at work.
 
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Seems to have been built and abandoned. Unsurprisingly, given the water in there, and the levels up the walls. Anything used properly would have wall markings, directions and the like, surely?
In some parts of Flanders you can leave a tractor parked up in the wrong place and it’s deep down in the morning. Something you Arrsers don’t need to be told.
Bit puzzling, though. Given the above, why do it?
 
#17
Good thread cheers. The place could also be a civvy bunker that the Germans took over, if they ever did. There was a decent strategic airbase close to France with a long runway there, and the station was used by the Luftwaffe in '42, well before the Free French and Brits occupied it,

Wevelgem is known for Baron Von Richthofen during WWI, and then for in 1942 for JG26 Jagdgeschwader 'Schlageter' which means Adolph 'Dolfo' Galland. The Luftwaffe airbase was used in the battle of France.

Wevelgem was back under allied control in 1944, occupied by Free French Spitfires. No. 151 Repair Unit (Aircraft) rocked up on Wevelgem in October 1944 before they went to Luneburg. It's in TNA file AIR 29/825/4.
 

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