in 1943, in a forest outside Morbecque in northeastern France, the Germans established a base to launch V1 rocket. V1 was a flying bomb with no real accuracy and it was launched more or less at random against London and hoped for the best. They were also called retaliatory weapons and the idea was that they would cause fear among the enemy to thus cripple the will of defense. The Base consisted of about twenty bunkers for storage, assembly, workshop, command post and accommodation. About 65 people served at the base. But before the base became operational, it had been discovered and bombed frequently, and in December 1943 it was completely destroyed. No V1 rocket was ever launched from the base.

Current status: Partly preserved/demolished with information boards (2017).

Location: 50°42'44"N 2°29'31"E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

Morbecque is what you might call an outdoor museum that is open around the clock. There are paths that connect the bunkers and ruins and are easy to follow. However, I had wished that there were information boards with a shorter description at each individual bunker/ruin. Only at the parking lot there is an overall map and information about the location. However, like this kind of places, it is usually quiet and peaceful. Something else that is worth noting is all the bomb craters that are scattered throughout the place. This gives you an idea of how hard the base was bombed by the allies.

Follow up in books:  Irons, Roy: Hitler´s Terror Weapons: The Price of Vengeance (2013).