Route between the airfield and the army headquarters (3)
Location: Rue de Neuchateau

Today: This location has changed a lot.
The picture below shows Hitler on the way to the army headquarters.

Hitler in the Rue de Neuchateau in Bastogne

(picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)

Airfield Bizory (4)
Location: A few hundred meters away from the Mardasson monument, past the Bastogne Historical Centre on the Route de Bizory. Going towards Bizory, the airfield was near the first farm on the left.

Today: Open fields
When the meeting was over, Hitler was brought back to his plane at an airfield near Bizory, a place near Bastogne.

Hiter on his way to the Army Headquarters in Bastogne (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) Bastogne, Avenue de la Gare on Friday 17 May, 1940 (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) In front of the army headquarters (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) Hitler has left the army command post to go back to his plane at the Bizory Airfield, near Bastogne  (pictures: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) Most of the pictures shown here came from a helpfull source from Bastogne. He also sent two pictures of Rundstedt’s headquarters: one from 1940 (left) and one from today (right).


Some great then-and-now combinations I received from WH. (pictures: black and white: Heinrich Hoffmann, cloured: WH)


The Army Headquarters in Charleville on May 24, 1940

Speeches for soldiers (5)

Location: Unknown

Hitler held two speeches for soldiers in Beauvais. One on December 24,1940 for two Jagdgeschwader of the Luftwaffe and one on December 25, 1940 for soldiers of a Kampf- and Bombergeschader.


Chateau de Lausprelle (1)

Location: Corner N975 (Rue de Moncheret)  - Rue de Lausprelle, behind the trees, northwest of Acoz

Today: Still there. The small castle is wrongly referred to as the Castle of Acoz, a castle in the village of Acoz. The castle of Lausprelle was or is owned by a family called Dorlodot.

On June 9, 1940 Hitler talked to the American journalist Karl von Wiegand at the castle of Lausprelle. Hitler was driven from Wolfsschlucht 1 through Couvin and Phillipville to get there. The interview was published in the New York Journal on June 14, 1940. A summary of the article was published in the Völkischer Beobachter of June 16, 1940. Over the years several historians have mistakenly been writing that the interview itself was held on the 13th, 14th or 15th of June. (Mathot, 2001)

On June 16, 1940 Hitler met the Spanish General Vigon, chief of the General Staff here. Vigon said that Spain was not able to join the Germans yet. On the next morning the French asked for armistice terms through Spanish channels.

Until I found the pictures of Hitler at a castle near Acoz in the book of René Mathot I thought Hitler and Vigon talked at the Castle of Acoz. But the pictures of Hitler showed a different building in the background. I found out that the castle on the postcard below, called Chateau de Lausprelle, is near a road called Lausprelle, that is very close to the village of Acoz. The remarkable stones in the castle wall prove the Castle of Lausprelle must be the right castle.


Hitler welcomes Vigon in front of the castle. The typical stones in the wall behind Hitler are the reason why I discovered that the castle of Acoz was the wrong castle.

(picture: Mathot, 2001)

General Vigon arrives at the castle.

(picture: Mathot, 2001)

After a talk of only 45 minutes Hitler and Vigon leave the castle.

(picture: Mathot, 2001)

A postcard of the Chateau de Lausprelle

French Westcoast (12) Locations: Calais, Boulogne etc. From 21 December until 26 December, 1940 Hitler's Sonderzug travelled the westcoast-area of France.


France, december 1940 weergeven op een grotere kaart

A map of the locations of Hitler’s journey to the Calais area


Railway station (17) Location: Avenue de la Gare Before going to Hendaye to meet Franco, Hitler's Sonderzug stopped at the Montoire railway station to speak to Laval. On the way back from Hendaye to Aachen, Hitler met Petaine at the same station. On a trip to Hendaye, Hitler   met Petain




In the Vogesen, somewhere on the Schluchtpaß


Hitler and Franco in Hendaye Below: Hitler's Sonderzug Hitler and Franco on the railway station of Hendaye Franco leaves Hitler's Sonderzug Left: Hitler and Franco on the railway station of Hendaye Right: The station today (picture: wikipedia)


Gros-Caillou landing field (11)

Location: Route de Gros Caillou, Regniowez, about 13 kilometers south of Bruly-de-Pesche

Today: There is stil an airport on this location.

Hitler used this airfield on different dates in June 1940 because it was his regular airfield when he was at his FHQ Wolfsschlucht 1. He arrived in the area on June 6, 1940 and on June 28, 1940 Hitler left the FHQ Wolfschlucht 1 to go to FHQ Tannenberg. He departed by air from airfield Gros-Caillou and flew to Eutingen, east of Freudenstadt. Then he was driven to FHQ Tannenberg.


Hitler's airplane on the airfield Gros Caillou in Regniowez

(Mathot, 2001)

Hitler arriving on the airfield Gros Caillou on June 6, 1940 (Mathot, 2001)


Wolfsschlucht 2, late 1942. The platform for the arriving trains is in the centre of the picture. On the hill behind it you can see the Teehaus, where Hitler had lunch in 1944. The Führerbunker was not there yet. It was built below the Teehaus (on this picture a little bit to the left of it, one level below the Teehaus). The trees that cover the entire area today were not there yet.

The house at the entrance of Wolsschlucht 2 (near number 7 on the map). There’s a small jail inside it. Like the rest of the complex, the house is in a very bad shape.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

A warning sign. It’s not allowed to go inside the bunkers and the portal buildings, because the state they are in. If you decide to do it anyway, you’ll absolutely need proper lighting.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

The map of Wolfsschlucht 2

1. Führerbunker 2. OKW Bunker Keitl/Jodl 3. Telephone/Telex Bunker

4. Cinema 5. Adjudantur 6. Guest Bunker 7. Wehrmachtfuhrungsstab

The area around this complex is filled with all kinds of defense bunkers.

Klick here to find a website with a good map of the defense bunkers.


A look inside. On the left you see the hallway in the office building. The picture in the middle shows the inside of the bunker. You can see why it’s dangerous to go inside: the floors have been removed. (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

All buildings at Wolsschlucht 2 look alike. There’s a portal building (left and centre), with, for instance, offices inside, and there’s the bunker (right), most of the time hidden behind the portal buildings. Here the two are seperated, and that makes it possible to have a good look at the actual bunker. (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2009)


The Guest Bunker has a front building and a bunker behind it. The black wall on top of the building (with the grass on it) seems to be the roof. It’s actually the bunker behind the portal building. The picture on the right was taken from the roof of the bunker. (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2009)


A similar bunker is the Adjudantur Bunker. It lies around the corner from the Führerbunker. Above it are the swimming pool and the Teehaus-foundations. (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2009)


Hitler used this Führerbunker only once, on June 17, 1944, when he had a meeting with Rommel and Rundstedt. The meeting is said to have been taken place in the room with the fireplace. Because of enemy planes in the area the meeting moved from the large hall to the bunker. Ian Kershaws version of the event is a little different, though. He states that the meeting took place inside the train tunnel and that Hitler had lunch inside the bunker, because of a possible airstrike. It is also said that Hitler had lunch at the Teehaus.

The bunker used to be open, just like the other ones, but since it was set to fire, it is closed. We were able to get inside, but that was a bit dangerous. Even with light you can’t see where you’re going very well and the ceiling has come down.

The Führerbunker could be reached from this portal building with fireplace. These picture was taken of, that gave a good impression of Wolfsschlucht 2. The website doesn’t seem to exist anymore.

The side of the bunker with the two windows and the window that was turned into a doorway. (Look at the map.)  (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

The front building with the three door entrance. You can see the top of the bunker behind it. All doors and windows are closed. (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

The fireplace after the building

was set to fire

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

The stairs to the bunker seem to go up, but they go down again, as can be seen on the map.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

The room inside the bunker where the meeting of Hitler and his generals continued

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

The Führertoilet...

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

One of the rooms in the front building

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

The roof of the bunker

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)


The OKW bunker looks just like the other ones. The building in front of it is a little different because of the shower rooms that are still there. The OKW buildings are in a bad shape, just like the other buildings of Wolfsschlucht 2. We also found some interesting plumbing inside... (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2009)


One level above the Führerbunker and right above the Adjudantur were a Teehaus and a swimming pool. It is said that Hitler had lunch at the Teehaus on the day he was here. The original Teehaus was replaced by a new one, years ago. But today the new Teehaus has also gone. On the first picture of Wolfsschlucht 2 shown above (the one made in 1942) only the Teehaus was ready. The Adjudantur and the Führerbunker were not ready yet. Today you can only find the foundations of the Teehaus on the hill. The swimming pool is still there. (pictures: The Hitlerpages, 2009)


The Telephone Bunker is on the other side of the railroad track. The fastest way to reach it is by going over the tunnel. Just follow the path to find the Cinema and the Telephone Bunker. (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2009)


Hitler's Sonderzug was placed inside this tunnel when enemy planes were in the area. There was a platform for the passengers in front of the tunnel, near the Führer Bunker. (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2009)


The cinema has been set to fire, just like the Führerbunker. The small building (without a bunker) is still open, though. (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2009)


The area around Wolffschlucht 2 is covered with all kinds of bunkers. They are located everywhere around Wolfsschlucht 2. Here we give a short impression of the area. (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2009)



Railroadtrack Luik (1)

Location: Along the Rue du Val Benoit

Today: Still there

On December 22, 1940 Adolf Hitler went to the French Westcoast by train. He past Luik and Namen on that day.

The track from Luik to Namen passes the town of Huy.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2015)

The track runs along the river Maas: on this picture on the other side of the river.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2015)

Station Namen (2)

Location: Place de la Station

Today: Still there

On December 22, 1940 Adolf Hitler went to the French Westcoast by train. He past Luik and Namen on that day.

Train tunnel Louise-Marie, tunnel of Renaix (3)

Location: Between Ronse and Louise-Marie, below the Spichtenberg, Ommegangstraat

Today: Still there

On December 22, 1940 Adolf Hitler went to the French Westcoast by train. He past Luik and Namen on that day. The train stopped near Louise-Marie in a tunnel, where the train remained overnight. The train arrived at the tunnel at 23.45 hours.

An old postcard of the tunnel of Renaix



Station Audruicq (4)

Location: Place de la Gare

Today: Still there

On December 23, 1940 the train drove from Louise-Marie to Audruicq. Hitler arrived there on 10.00 hours. At 10.48 hours he was driven by car through Ardres (5), Guînes (6) and Marquise (7) to a stone pit in Rinxent where he inspected railway guns.

Rinxent Stone Pit (8)

Location: There are several stone pits in the area, for instance along the Rue de Beaulieu and the Rue du Mont.

Today: Still there

On December 23, 1940 the train drove from Louise-Marie to Audruicq. Hitler arrived there on 10.00 hours. At 10.48 hours he was driven by car through Ardres (5), Guînes (6) and Marquise (7) to a stone pit in Rinxent where he inspected railway guns. After that he went to an area where the positions of the army called Grosser Kurfürst were.



Grosser Kurfürst (9)

Location: Area between the Route du Cap and the beach

Today: Bunkers and other remains of this military defense zone are still there.

After having inspected  railway guns in Rinxent Hitler went to the defense zone called Grosser Kurürst, to see the long-distance weapons that protected the coast line.

These pictures show Hitler at the Grosser Kurfürst area. The pictures are marked with the words ‘Sammlung Haruki Shindo’. I couldn’t find out who or what that meant.

Siegfried Bunkers – Todt Bunkers (10)

Location: La Sence, between Haringzelles and Audinghen

Today: The large bunkers here were called the Siegfried bunkers at first, later on they were renamed as the Todt battery. In one of the bunkers, Turm 1, is a museum now.

On 13.30 hours, after having left Grosser Kurfürst, Hitler went to the Siegfried bunkers. He joined the Christmas festivities of the workers of the Organisation Todt there.

Batterie Todt

Adolf Hitler at the Siegfried Bunkers

Artillerie Unit Gneisenau (10a)

Location: Pointe aux Oies near Wimereux

Today: Destroyed

Gneisenau was an Eisenbahnbatterie that was located at several place over Europe. At the end of 1940 it was near Wimereux. On 14.45 hours, still on December 23, 1940, Hitler visited the Artillerie Unit Gneisenau.

The railwaygun Gneisenau at an unknown location



Artillerie Unit Friedrich August (11)

Location: Between Highway A16 and Wimereux, at a small industrial area along Route de la Tresorerie (on the side of the A16)

Today: Remains of the bunkers are still there

On 15.00 hours Hitler went to the Artillerie Unit Friedrich August at Wimereux.

Coastal gun battery Friedrich August



Marine Unit (12)

Location: Harbour of Boulogne, exact location unknown

Today: The harbour is still there.

After Friedrich August Hitler went to a Marine Unit at the harbour of Boulogne.



Station Wimereux (13)

Location: Rue de la Gare

Today: Still there

At 16.10 hours Hitler was back at his train on the station of Wimereux. From there he was taken to a tunnel north of Boulogne, where the train was parked overnight.



Tunnel Boulogne (14)

Location: North of Boulogne, near the Allée du Wimereux

Today: Still there

At 16.10 hours Hitler was back at his train on the station of Wimereux. From there he was taken to a tunnel north of Boulogne, where the train was parked overnight. At that time Boulogne got bombed, but nothing happened to the train.



Station Desvres (15)

Location: Place de la Gare

Today: Still there

On the next day, December 24, 1940, Hitler’s train drove to the station of Wimereux (13) again. The train arrived at 11.00 hours. Half an hour later the trein left for Desvres, where Hitler visited the squadron Von Lützow (location unknown). At 12.30 hours Hitler joined the Christmas activities there.



Station Saint-Etienne-au-Mont (16)

Location: Chemin des Anglais

Today: Still there

After Devres Hitler went to Saint-Etienne-au-Mont. He arrived there at 14.15 hours.



Chateau Pont-de-Briques (17)

Location: Avenue du Docteur Croquelois

Today: Still there

Hitler arrived at the castle Point-de-Briques at 16.05 hours. There he visited the squadron Galland and he joined the Christmas activities of the squadron there. At 16.50 hours he was back at his train in Abbeville (18). From there he was taken to Laboissière (19).

The castle of Pont-de-Briques

A drawing of the castle



Station Abbeville (18)

Location: Place de la Gare

Today: Still there

After joining the Christmas festivities of the Galland squadron, Hitler took the train at the station of Abbeville to go to Laboissière (19). The train left at 19.15 hours and arrived at 21.15 hours.

Tunnel Laboissière – Le Déluge (19)

Location: Rue du Tunnel

Today: Still there

Because Hitler was heading for Beauvias I wondered why his train went to Laboissière first. The answer was easy to find: near Laboissière was a tunnel where Hitler’s train could stand for the night.





Station Beauvais (20)

Location: Place de la Gare

Today: Still there

On December 25, 1940 Hitler’s train drove to Beauvais. He met the French admiral Jean-Francois Darlan there and he visited the squadron Löwengeschwader at an unkown location. He arrived there at 13.45 hours and left at 14.30 hours to go to Creil.



Station Creil (21)

Location: Place de Général de Gaulle

Today: Still there

Hitler left Beauvais at 14.30 hours to go to Creil. He left Creiz at 15.30 hours to go to Metz. Hitler’s train stood in a tunnel near Metz during the night of 25/26 December.



Tunnel near Metz

Location: Unknown

Hitler’s train stood in a tunnel near Metz during the night of 25/26 December. In the morning of December 26 Hitler went to Metz.

Station Metz (22)

Location: Rue Vauban of Rue de la Gare

Hitler’s train stood in a tunnel near Metz during the night of 25/26 December. In the morning of December 26 Hitler went to Metz to see the city (23) and to join the Christmas activities of his guards. At 13.15 hours he left Metz to go to Sarrebourg.



Station Sarrebourg (24)

Location: Place de la Gare

Today: Still there

At 13.15 hours of December 26, 1940 Hitler left Metz to go to Sarrebourg. From there he travelled back to Germany.



The left and central picture are said to have been taken at Eben Emael. The right one was taken at the Felsennest. It seems like all three pictures have been taken at the exact same location, namely at the Felsennest. The troops that were decorated were the troops that took Eben Emael, so much is true.

On this page you’ll find the information about Hitler’s visites to Belgium and France during World War 2, except the daytrips from June 1940.

 1. Schloss Acoz, Acoz

2. Headquarters Heeresgruppe A, Bastogne

3. Rue de Neufchateau, Bastogne

4. Airfield Bizory, Bastogne

5. Beauvais

6. Wolfsschlucht 1

7. Calais

8. Avenue George Corneau, Charleville

9. Charleville Airport

10. Eben Emael

11. Le Gros Caillou

12. French Westcoast

13. Railway station, Hendaye

14. Car museum, Lyon

15. Wolfsschlucht 2

16. Airfield, Metz

17. Railway station, Montoire

18. Spichere Höhen

19. Vogesen

WORLD WAR 2 Brûly-de-Pesche in 1940. On the left side of the left picture there’s a path running into the woods. This path lead to the barracks.  (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)

The same location in the village in 2007 (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2007)

Another picture of the village in 1940 (pictures: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) Hitler and Göring in front of the church. Göring is heading for his car that was parked near the church.  (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) Hitler and Gerhard Engel in front of the school of the village. The school was used by the staff of the Wehrmacht. The important maps of the Wehrmacht were also kept here. (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) The parish house next to the church, today. Hitler’s adjudants lived here.  (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2007) Hitler and his staff coördinating the invasion of France inside the same room of the school  (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) Hitler at the Kartenraum of the village school  (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)

Von Puttkamer, Keitel, Deyhle, Hitler (with glasses), Jodl and Engel inside the school. Here they are in the so called Kartenraum.

(picture: Mathot, 2001)

The former school of the village (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2007) Another picture of Hitler and his staff coördinating the invasion of France inside one of the barracks  (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) Hitler and his staff inside one of the barracks, coördinating the invasion of France (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) The rebuilt führerbarrack  (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2007) There was another barrack near the Führerbarrack that is sometimes refered to as the Kasino, that was the canteen where Hitler came to eat. This is the rebuilt barrack. (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2007) The location where the Wehrmacht Command Staff Barracks were. (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2007) The Canteen, just before the armistice was pronounced through the radio on June, 25, 1940 (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) During the announcement of the ‘Waffenruhe’  (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) After the announcement (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)

Hitler and Göring in front of the original Führer barrack.

(picture: Mathot, 2001)

This used to be the guesthouse of the Führerhauptquartier and it was most likely a place where people could eat. Somtimes movies were played here for the press. (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2007) This picture of the guesthouse (called the Wolfspalast) was made right after the war. (picture: Mathot, 2001) The former Kommandantur today (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2007)

Diagram of FHQ Wolfsschlucht 1 drawn by Hitler’s Marineadjudant Von Puttkamer

The Organisation-Todt, that was respon-sable for building the barracks and bunkers at Wolfsschlucht 1, had a painter called Ernst Vollbehr who painted this picture of the Hitler barrack and the bunker (on the right). (picture: Mathot, 2001)

Another drawing of Ernst Vollbehr showing the construction of the bunker.

(picture: Mathot, 2001)

Hitler and Hewel on the same location between the three typical trees. The trees were marked to make them visible at night. (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)

A similar scene in 2007. Mind that the trees haven’t grown much over the years...

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2007)

Hitler and Keitel in the woods in front of the barracks. The stand of the St. Meen fountain is still there, but the statue that was on it was taken away. Behind both men is the Führerbarrack. (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940) The Germans were building a bunker at aproxomately this spot. It was never finished. A house was being built there in 2007. Behind the foundation of the new house was the runway for Storch aircrafts  (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2007) There was an airfield next to the village. Here Hitler says goodbye to Göring there.   (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)

Hitler watches Görings plane take of from the improvised Storch airfield next to the village.

(picture: Mathot, 2001)

June 20, 1940: Von Brauchitsch, Keitel, Hitler and Raeder leave the woods and walk towards the church.  (picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)

June 6, 1940, 13.30 hours: Hitler's arrives at Wolfsschlucht 1. The man without the shirt behind Hitler is one of the workers who were still busy at that time.

(picture: Mathot, 2001)


Grotere kaart weergeven